MARIETTA — While the Ronnie Moore Invitational tournament at Marietta didn’t go the way the Turner basketball teams would have hoped, they were at least able to end it on a high note Saturday.
MARIETTA — While the Ronnie Moore Invitational tournament at Marietta didn’t go the way the Turner basketball teams would have hoped, they were at least able to end it on a high note Saturday. Both the Falcons and Lady Falcons picked up victories in the seventh place game against the Springer Lady Cardinals and the Thackerville Wildcats respectively. Girls Turner 66 Springer 34 For the Springer Lady Cardinals, it wasn’t so much the actual game against Turner that caught up with them, but the numbers game. A shorthanded Springer squad finished with just three players on the court as the Lady Falcons won seventh place. Before being limited with numbers, the Lady Cardinals made life difficult for Turner. At the end of the first quarter it was Springer who led 12-7, before taking a 22-18 advantage into the halftime break. Foul trouble though eventually caught up with Springer in the second half, and the Lady Falcons took full advantage. Turner took a 24-22 lead with 4:37 left in the third quarter, before the game was tied at 28-28 at the 3:21 mark. Turner took the lead though for good at 31-28 with 3:11 left in the third quarter, before ending the frame leading 48-29. The Lady Falcons ended the game with an 18-5 run. Hope Hill led the scoring for Turner with 12 points followed by Miranda Crespo with 10 points. Cadence Shelly led Springer with a game-high 22 points with Kailee Lathum scoring seven points. Boys Turner 51 Thackerville 35 A familiar foe awaited the Falcons in their contest as they took on conference rival Thackerville. Both teams played a physical style throughout, but it was the Falcons who got the victory. Thackerville came out with a strong first quarter as the Wildcats led 7-5, before taking a 10-5 lead with 2:21 remaining in the first. Going to the second it was the Wildcats in control at 14-10. Turner though adjusted and took the lead at 17-16 in the second quarter, before grabbing a 26-22 advantage going into the break. Defense was the name of the game for the Falcons in the second half as they held the Wildcats to just 13 points while scoring 25 of their own. Tyler Campbell led the Falcons with 16 points in the game followed by Colton Empey with 11 points.