Returning letter winners for the Trojans are, from left, front row (seniors) - Amanda Mueterthies, Chloe Reicks, Allison Kuennen. Back row (juniors) - Johanna Blazek, Taylor Novotny. (Photo by Sarah Strandberg)
The Turkey Valley girls basketball team will be looking for a balance between returning letter winners and excited newcomers this winter.
The Trojans return five letter winners while adding one sophomore and two freshman to the mix.
Looking to put together the strongest team possible is Coach Dan Stepan, who will be leading the Trojans for the second straight year. He will be joined on the bench by Carla Nymeyer, who replaces Mike Kuennen.
With just nine members out for the squad last year, the Trojans were small but mighty.
Despite high hopes and talented players, the Trojans struggled to put together a win streak. They finished the conference season 3-13.
In the first round of the playoffs, the Trojans battled Kee High. It was back and forth to start the game before the Kee defense took over, stifling the Trojan offense in the 45-31 victory.
Turkey Valley ended the season 4-16 overall.
As a team they hit 314-of-963 shots (32.6 percent). They scored 759 points for the season, averaging 38.0 a night. They allowed 892 points for the season. The Trojans collected 486 rebounds (169 offensive and 317 defensive), with 24.3 boards a night. As a team they had 87 assists, 234 steals and 40 blocks.
The Trojans have some big shoes to fill. They graduated Allie Njus, who averaged 11.6 points a game, along with 3.9 rebounds and led the team in assists (38) and steals (61). Also gone is Olivia Reicks. She was the second leading scorer with 5.8 points a game. She also led the team in rebounds with 4.4 and contributed 20 assists and 51 steals.
Mariah Schmitt also graduated last year. Schmitt saw time in 16 games as a senior.
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