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January 20th, 2019

boise city at turpin girls 1Turpin's Micaela Young (10) takes a shot in the lane Friday night against No.11 Boise City. Young and the Lady Cards came up short of an upset because of a late scoring drought, falling 47-34. Photo courtesy Panhandle IllustratedBy JASON EPP ​

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TURPIN, Okla.—Turpin looked primed for one of their biggest wins in quite some time, trailing by just one point to 11th-ranked Boise City, heading into the final period. But an eight-minute scoring drought ended those dreams, as the Lady Cards fell 47-34 to the Lady Wildcats. ​

“At the beginning of the fourth, I had a couple of my guards that set people up had to sit with four fouls each,” Lady Cardinals Head Coach Braydon Robinson said. “We got off to a slow start and never recovered.” ​

Turpin’s young squad had hung tough throughout, and made their move at the start of the second half. After trailing 20-15 at the break, Turpin changed their offensive strategy to start the second half. The Cardinals began to get points in the paint by using their speed to counter Boise City’s height. Lizzette Aquino scored six of her team-high 8 points early in the third and Saylor Parker drained a three as Turpin outscored Boise City 11-7 in the first four minutes of the second half to cut the deficit to one (27-26). ​

“Early in the third our post did a good job as we tried to pull their posts out and open up the lane,” Robinson said. ​

Turpin again cut it to just one (32-31) with 41 seconds left in the third. ​​

Turpin did not score again until Micaela Young hit a deep three with 37 seconds left in the game. But at that point, it was too little too late as Boise City avoided the Lady Cards upset bid. ​

“That’s a state tournament team we played tonight,” Robinson said. “I thought we fought really hard and competed, just struggled to score. I think we were a little gassed in the fourth, too.”  ​

In the first quarter, Turpin struggled to hold Boise City’s Jarah Whitfield in check. The six-footer scored all nine Lady Wildcat points in the first, but scored just one point the rest of the way. The two teams were knotted at 9 at the end of the first. But foul trouble started to creep in, with Parker already playing with two. ​

Turpin took the lead (12-11) midway through the second on a Calli Jones three with 4:28 left in the half. Turpin put Boise City on the line six times in the quarter to shoot 11 free throws, and helping the Lady Wildcats go on a 7-0 run.  ​

Turpin (5-5) travels to Hooker, Tuesday. Then will play in the Oil Center Classic, in Woodward. ​

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