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March 07th, 2021

girls forgan 443Forgan's Raegan Kirkhart (15) drives past Turpin's Lizzette Aquino (25) during Friday night's matchup in Turpin. Kirkhart scored 11 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter to help seal a 51-45 victory over the Lady Cardinals. L&T photo/Jason EppBy JASON EPP 

Leader & Times 

TURPIN—District playoff assignments were announced Friday afternoon, and the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Cardinals put on a playoff-like game with Forgan coming out on top, 51-45. 

For the game’s first five minutes, it did not look like it would be much of a matchup at all. Turpin started 0-7 from the floor as Forgan darted out to an 11-0 lead. But Turpin fired right back as freshman Abby Buller came off the bench with a basket in the paint and a three to spark a 7-0 run to end the first quarter. 

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“District assignments came out today so everybody’s thinking playoffs and this game felt like one,” Cardinals Head Coach Braydon Robinson said. “Early we missed some easy shots, they made theirs and that ended up being the difference.” 

Forgan’s Parker McIntyre hit her second three in the first minute of the second quarter and had totaled 11 points less than 10 minutes into the game. Turpin’s Lizzette Aquino and Calli Jones hit threes and scored transition baskets as Turpin rallied to tie the game at 18 at the midway point of the quarter. Carson Slatten found just enough space to drain a three in the final seconds of the half to put Forgan up 27-22 at the break. 

Forgan went up six points (35-29) with 4:49 left in the third quarter after a pair of baskets by Kylie Eagan. Turpin came right back with Kymper Post buried a three and Shelbi Moses converted a 3-point play to tie the game at 35. Turpin took their first lead of the game on Abby Buller’s shot in the lane with 38 seconds in the third. 

“Forgan is not a team that turns the ball over much,” Robinson said. “They start four seniors, but we were able to force some early. They were able to adjust and we played more half-court.” 

Forgan’s Raegan Kirkhart took over in the fourth. After scoring just two in the first three quarters, Kirkhart hit a pair of threes and went 4 of 5 at the line. Her first three gave the lead back to Forgan. Saylor Parker answered right back for Turpin and the lead changed hands five times in the first three minutes of the final stanza. Kirkhart’s second three was followed by another from McIntyre. 

Leading 47-42, Forgan missed the front end of one-and-ones twice and Aquino came off a screen to drain a three to make it a two-point game (47-45) with 36 seconds left. But Turpin could not get another shot to fall and Kirkhart's free throws extended the difference to six at the end. 

“I thought our effort was really good, which I haven’t been really happy with the last couple of weeks,” Lady Bulldogs Head Coach Travis Smalts said. “As good at Turpin is, we had to play hard or we weren’t going to come out on top. We still have some issues with our execution to clean up, but I thought it was a very good win against a good opponent.” 

Forgan was 11-23 inside the arc, 7-15 from outside, and made 8-13 from the line. Turpin was 11-27 from 2-point and 6-11 from 3-point. The Lady Cardinals made 5-8 free throws. 

Forgan’s Parker McIntyre was 5-11 from the field, including three treys and 3-5 shooting at the line to lead all scorers with 16. Raegan Kirkhart added 13 on 3-7 shooting and 5-6 at the line. Carson Slatten scored 12 and Kylie Eagan added 8. 

“More balanced scoring is something we’ve been working on,” Smalts said. “Now if someone gets hot, we still want to get them the ball. We feel like being a good balanced scoring team is going to help us down the road. We’ve worked on being a balanced team.” 

Turpin’s Abby Buller scored 9 on 4-5 shooting. Lizzette Aquino also had 9, and Saylor Parker added 8. 

Forgan also defeated Tyrone Saturday night, 47-13 to improve their record to 11-3. The Lady Bulldogs will face Laverne in the first round of the Shattuck Shootout, Thursday. 

Turpin rebounded from the loss with a 53-45 win over Texhoma Saturday to even up their record at 6-6. Turpin will travel to Tyrone, Tuesday.

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