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December 06th, 2019

turpin2013By JASON EPP 

Leader & Times 

BEAVER, Okla.— The Turpin Lady Cardinals advanced to the District Championship. That phrase had not been uttered since 2007, when senior starters Micaela Young and Alondra Quinones were in kindergarten. But Friday night Turpin cast out those demons of the past with a 51-38 win over the Texhoma Lady Red Devils in the first-round elimination game. 

“There was a lot of excitement in our locker room after this one,” Lady Cardinals Head Coach Braydon Robinson said. 

And it was a mix of young and old that delivered in the clutch for the Lady Cardinals. After Texhoma cut the Turpin lead from 18 all the way to 3 with 1:15 to play Micaela Young, a senior and Riley Lehnert, a freshman combined to go 10 for 10 at the line to seal the deal. Turpin was 20-23 from the line over the course of the game. 

“We are young and I think we’re really peaking right now,” Robinson said. “We hit free throws at the end, and that’s what you have to do to win playoff games. Really proud of that.” 

Another freshman, Lizzete Aquino was big inside, despite her short stature. Standing just 5-5, Aquino finished with a game-high 15, and was 6-8 from the field and made all three free throw attempts. 

“She’s never going to be bigger, but she’s almost always quicker,” Robinson said. “She was able to lure her defender out and use her quickness to get to the basket off the dribble. Right now, our whole offense is running through her. She’s scoring inside and opening up things for our outside shooters.” 

After a see-saw start, Turpin took the lead in the final two minutes of the first quarter when Ginna Buller hit four-straight free throws, then Young finished off the quarter with a three to give Turpin a 14-8 lead. 

In the second quarter, Quinones’ three extended the lead to nine (19-10) three minutes in. After Texhoma cut the lead back to five, the Lady Cardinals ended the half with a 9-0 to double up the Lady Red Devils 28-14 at the half. 

Aquino’s three-point play and follow-up basket to open the second half gave Turpin their largest lead of the game (18), 33-15 with 6:20 left in the third. 

That is when Texhoma started to make their move. 

Sarah Ferguson, who had been held scoreless in the first half, hit three treys, and Macie Cossell scored a traditional three-point play, and Texhoma was able to cut the lead to single-digits heading into the fourth, 37-28. 

Texhoma continued to cut into Turpin’s lead, taking advantage of mistakes caused by going to a full court press, cutting it all the way down to three. 

But that was as close as they would get. The Lady Cardinals had delivered in the clutch, and the long-awaited celebration of a playoff win ensued. 

Turpin finished the game 11-29 from inside the arc and 2-14 beyond the arc. Texhoma was 8-20 from 2-point, 5-20 from three and just 7-15 from the charity stripe. 

Beyond Aquino’s 15, Micaela Young had 14 on 3-10 shooting and 7-9 free throw shooting. Riley Lehnert added 9 off the bench, including 4-4 at the free throw line in the game’s final minute. 

Turpin (13-11) took on Beaver (16-7) for the District 4 title Saturday night. Both advanced to next week’s Regionals at Seiling starting Thursday.

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