TURNER — While Springer’s Kamryn Sampson broke her season high point total Thursday night, it was the manner in which she did it that left Falcon Gymnasium stunned.

TURNER — While Springer’s Kamryn Sampson broke her season high point total Thursday night, it was the manner in which she did it that left Falcon Gymnasium stunned.

Sampson took an outlet pass off a missed Turner Lady Falcons free throw and drove 3/4 of the way down the court, leading to a game-winning lay-up as time expired and a 51-49 victory for the Lady Cardinals. 

With the victory the Lady Cardinals moved to 2-0 on the season, while Turner fell to 1-1 on the year.

Sampson meanwhile eclipsed her opening night total of 17 points from last Friday with 18 points against the Lady Falcons. 

“Our coach (Ron Suter) literally drew up a play at the last second, and we just had to adjust,” Sampson said about her game winning drive. “He told me to just drive to the rim no matter what, and if I got fouled then let it happen. We got lucky and it just happened the way it happened.”

Springer was perhaps lucky to have even gotten the opportunity to win the game, as the Lady Falcons had a total of four free throws down the stretch which would have put them in front.

Unfortunately, all four shots banged off the iron and to the floor, leaving the game tied. 

Another reason why the Lady Cardinals were perhaps fortunate to have the opportunity they did, was a result of a disastrous first quarter in which they were
outscored 20-6.

While the Lady Cardinals played a much better second quarter, Turner was still holding the advantage going into the locker room at 28-21.

“We were completely out of sync and out of rhythm in the first quarter,” Suter said. “There were a lot of little things we weren’t doing right, and I just had to get on to the girls a little bit and tell them we needed to get back to basics.”

“When we cut it to seven points at halftime, then we felt good about our chances,” Suter added. “Our girls stayed positive throughout the game, and once we got it to three points, we were able to control the tempo a little more. There were a lot of girls who contributed something to this game tonight and I’m very proud of them.” 

In what turned out to be a very entertaining third quarter, the Lady Falcons managed to keep their advantage on the scoreboard, but the Lady Cardinals caught fire from three-point range.

As a result, the Lady Cardinals had cut what was once a 14-point deficit down to just three points at 38-35 going into the fourth quarter.

Springer took its first lead of the game at the 6:47 mark in the fourth at 39-38, before Turner responded to lead 46-43, eventually growing it to a five point advantage with less than four minutes to go. 

Allie Schmidt was the second Lady Cardinals player in double figures in the contest with 12 points, with Kailee Lathum scoring eight points, and Taylor Koonce scoring six points. 

Turner was led by Miranda Crespo, who led all scorers with 21 points in the contest, followed by Tallie Tynes with 10 points, and Jaleigh Durst with nine points. 

Turner is back at home this evening hosting Milburn, while Springer is on the road against Victory Life Academy. Both teams are scheduled to tip off at 6:30 p.m.