Lady Bears over Cyclones, 43-35

Turner sophomore Emily Beery (22) blocked a shot attempt by Ward freshman Vanesa Otero (31). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Turner High School girls basketball team won 43-35 at home over Bishop Ward on Friday night. The visitors made it close, getting within one point late in the game, but weren’t able to pull off the comeback.

The Cyclones had the first-half advantage, using pesky on-ball defense to open a seven-point spread midway through the second quarter. Turner surged late to close the half within two, 18-16.

Turner dominated the third quarter as Ward’s intensity dimmed, racing out to an eight-point advantage by out-rebounding the Cyclones and disrupting passes. First-year Ward coach Kevin O’Brien lit a fire during a time out, demanding effort from the team with a speech that drew applause from the bleachers behind the bench.

Ward responded with a scoring surge in the fourth quarter, including two three-point baskets by Jimena Lopez. Up by only one point with two minutes remaining, Turner coach Brittani Hendrix called a timeout to steady the team, which responded by tightening its defense and hitting eight of ten free throws to close out the game.

Sophomore center Emily Beery was the star for the Lady Bears, and Ward had no answer to her strong inside presence on both ends of the court. Beery led Turner with 13 points and blocked several Ward shots.

Freshman Perla Frayre-Delgado led the scoring for Ward, putting up 14 points, including two three-pointers.

Turner improved its record to 3-4 (2-2 in the Kaw Valley League). They play next on Monday in a non-conference game at home against Blue Valley West. Ward dropped to 0-6 (0-4 in the league) and will play at Piper on Tuesday.

Ward sophomore Jimena Lopez tried to drive the ball inside. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Turner junior Tynica Gilmore (15) passed to teammate Megan Johnson on the right wing. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Emily Beery pulled down a rebound over Ward senior Ashley Stitzer (24). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Ward freshman Perla Frayre-Delgado (1) defended the lane against LaNita McDonald. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Turner junior Megan Johnson (12) smiled as she stood at the free throw line. She made all four of her free throw attempts in the fourth quarter and finished with 11 points in the game. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Turner senior LaNita McDonald (23) went up for a layup. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
The Bishop Ward cheerleaders performed a stunt between quarters. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

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