JASON EPP • Leader & Times
TURPIN, Okla.—A fast start, scoring off the bench, and a suffocating defense got the Turpin Lady Cardinals out to a big lead early. Turpin maintained the rest of the way and cruised to a 68-41 win over Fargo-Gage-Fort Supply.
The Lady Cardinals defense was on display early against Fargo-Gage-Fort Supply, forcing turnovers with their full-court pressure and turning them into points in transition as they jumped out to a 10-1 lead just a little over three minutes into the contest. Fargo-Gage-Fort Supply was forced to take multiple time outs in those first few minutes to try to calm their team down.
“I think from scouting them they’re a really good 3-point team and I think we did a good job defending that,” Lady Cardinals Head Coach Travis Smalts said. “We’ve got to learn how to defend without fouling so much. It’s hard to keep playing with pressure when you’re doing that, but got better at that as the game went on.”
It worked as Fargo-Gage-Fort Supply went on their best stretch, an 8-2 run to cut Turpin’s lead back to three (12-9) with 1:15 left in the first quarter. But Turpin countered with their best stretch of the night with a 15-0 run that bridged the quarter break and put the Lady Cardinals up 27-9 with 5:27 left in the first half.
Kymper Post came off the bench to help spark the run, scoring 12 first-half points. Including a pair of threes. Freshman Tatum Boyd added to Turpin’s scoring off the bench with7 first-half points as the Lady Cardinals went to the break leading, 39-19.
Fargo-Gage-Fort Supply outscored Turpin 11-10 in the third, but Turpin still led 49-30 heading into the final stanza. Turpin maintained their lead over the first five minutes of the fourth and led 58-41 before scoring the final ten points of the game to win by 27.
Even with the big win, Coach Smalts sees room for improvement as the team figures out their chemistry.
“I thought we were really good and really bad at times, and not much in between,” Smalts said. “There’s a lot of potential with this group. We’re trying to get our rotations and what everybody’s roll is on the team.”
Kymper Post led all scorers with 15 points; Shelbi Moses spread her 13 points over all four quarters, as did Brianna Behrendt for 11. Tatum Boyd scored 11 as well; Abby Buller scored 8, Megan Weber 6, and Emily Estes 4.
Turpin (2-0) will travel to Buffalo, Tuesday before competing in the Mooreland Tournament starting Thursday.