JASON EPP • Leader & Times
TURPIN, Okla.—The Turpin Cardinals got 13 threes from eight different plays to “bomb” their way to a 70-51 victory over Fargo-Gage-Fort Supply.
“We’ve got several dudes who can light it up,” Cardinals Head Coach Garrett Bebermeyer said with a smile.
Jaxson Hensley and Bryson Parker led the 3-point barrage, each hitting three apiece. Hensley has now hit a total of seven in Turpin’s first two games. Six of Turpin’s first seven made baskets were from beyond the arc.
Turpin jumped out to an 11-3 lead with 1:14 left in the first, but Fargo-Gage-Fort Supply scored the next six points to cut the lead back to just three (11-8) less than a minute into the second quarter. Turpin kept firing away from deep and led 20-9 just over two minutes into the second quarter.
Fargo-Gage-Fort Supply was able to keep the game from getting out of hand by getting to the free throw line 15 times in the first half and making eight. Fargo-Gage-Fort Supply was able to cut the lead back to single digits (26-17) with 2:32 left in the half, but Turpin hit their seventh and eight threes of the half and led 34-20 at the break.
With the Cardinals led 36-25 with six minutes left in the third, Hensley was fouled on a 3-point attempt and sank all three from the charity stripe. Parker followed that with a three as Turpin went on a 10-0 run to go up 46-25 with 5:18 left in the third. Hensley scored 10 in the third and Turpin led 55-34 heading to the fourth.
The Cardinals held the lead near 20 the rest of the way and finished the game winning by 19.
“A little bit of a slow start, offensively,” Bebermeyer said. “We were good enough defensively. When we started scoring in bunches in the second half it seemed like we slipped at the defensive end. We didn’t let poor shooting affect our defense. I think a lot of the hard work we’ve put in is paying off. Glad we got everyone in and glad we’re 2-0.”
Turpin made 13 shots from three-point range, 10 from inside the arc, and went 11 of 15 at the line. Fargo-Gage-Fort Supply was held to just two treys and made 15 of 23 free throws.
Jaxson Hensley scored 20 to lead all scorers; Bryson Parker added 11, Carson Peters scored 10, Jhett Huffman 7, Nash Levens 6, and Kaden Moses 5.
Turpin (2-0) will travel to Buffalo, Tuesday before competing in the Mooreland Tournament starting Thursday.