Trojans roar by Chiefs

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Josh Flickinger/Beloit Daily News Turner point guard D.J. Wash pushes the ball down the floor against Big Foot Tuesday night.

BELOIT - A winter storm kept most of the fans home Tuesday night at Beloit Turner.

That didn't stop the Trojans from putting on a show anyway.

The Trojans flexed their collective muscles on both sides of the floor in a 76-44 rout over Big Foot.

The victory gave Turner an 8-4 mark in Rock Valley Conference play, tying them for third place with Evansville.

There wasn't any doubt as to the game's outcome from the opening tip, as Steve Dillard, Jordan Majeed and Kenny Draeving carried the scoring load while DJ Wash effectively ran the show.

A 10-0 run midway through the half gave Turner a 32-13 lead, and coach Ken Watkins was able to get plenty of his deep bench action as the game progressed.

Watkins said he was proud of his team's effort.

"We came out strong, got some momentum and never let up," Watkins said. "I thought all of our kids played really well. We made the extra pass, and we shot a higher percentage because we weren't taking shots too early in possessions. When we move the ball, we are a much more efficient offensive team."

It was the second straight strong game from Dillard, who had struggled with his shot in recent weeks. The senior made six 3-pointers in Saturday's non-conference loss to Golda Meir, and came back with five treys Tuesday, finishing with a game-best 22 points.

"The last couple of games, I've just been catching and shooting and not hesitating," Dillard said. "I had a four game stretch where I only hit four three-pointers, and it's just a matter of staying after practice and getting shots up. Getting here before school starts and getting shots up. You can't ever stop shooting."

Majeed was efficient with 13 points, and Draeving pounded the glass along with the rest of his teammates and finished with 13 as well. Turner led 36-21 at half and went on an 18-4 run to begin the second half that had Big Foot coach Jeff Fenrick questioning his team's effort level.

"The way we rebounded and the way we closed out on their shooters, that's not the team we were earlier in the year," Fenrick said. "We are going to take a lot from this game. We had a good talk in the locker room after the game. We had won three in a row, but it's been a rough stretch, and we've got to play some of the toughest teams in the conference coming up. So we've got to do some things different, and I was the first one to say that I've got to do some things different, too."

The Chiefs were led by Logan Eischeid and AJ Courier, each of whom finished with 10 points.

The Trojans will now try to feast on the league's bottom-feeders for the remainder of the week. They will take play at Whitewater Thursday and at Clinton on Friday, two teams that are a combined 2-24 in conference play.

Following those two contests, the Trojans will welcome back a familiar face: Junior Dai`Vontrelle Strong will be back in the lineup Tuesday when the Trojans host Platteville. Strong has served a season-long suspension and will be eased into the lineup.

He led the team in scoring as a sophomore at 14.2 points per game, led the conference in rebonds at 10.8 per contest, and was selected first-team all-conference at the conclusion of the season.


BIG FOOT- Hildebrandt 2-0-5 , Karabas 0 2-2 2, Greco 2-0-4, Eischeid 3-3-10, Trosclair 1-1-3, Foster 1-2-4, Courier 4-1-10, Gillingham 3-0-6. Totals: 18 9-18 76.

TURNER- Lomax 1-4-6, Majeed 6-0-13, Wash 1-0-3, M. Burrows 2-0-4, D. Burrows 1-0-3, Heldt 1-0-2, Draeving 5-2-13, Dillard 7-3-22, Carter 2-0-4, Karich 1-0-2, Hoppe 2-0-4. Totals: 29 9-14 76.

BIG FOOT 21 23- 44

TURNER 36 40- 76

3-pointers; Big Foot 3 (Hildebrandt, Eischeid, Courier). Turner 9 (Dillard5, Majeed, Wash , D. Burrows, Draeving).

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