Majeed to the rescue

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  • Josh Flickinger/Beloit Daily News Turner's Jordan Majeed, who tallied 30 points, looks to drive against Edgerton Thursday night in Janesville.

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    Josh Flickinger/Beloit Daily News Turner's Dai'Vontrelle Strong backs down his defender during Thursday's game.

  • Josh Flickinger/Beloit Daily News Turner's Jordan Majeed, who tallied 30 points, looks to drive against Edgerton Thursday night in Janesville.

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    Josh Flickinger/Beloit Daily News Turner's Dai'Vontrelle Strong backs down his defender during Thursday's game.

JANESVILLE, Wis. - One would never know by the look on Jordan Majeed's face that he was in the midst of the biggest game of his high school career.

Never mind the 1,000-plus screaming fans that filled the Janesville Craig gymnasium Thursday night.

Forget the fact that his Turner Trojans were trying to advance to the WIAA Division 3 sectional finals for the first time in history.

Finally, never mind that rugged Edgerton defense that had carried them to a regional title.

Almost casually, Majeed dropped in 30 points to lead Turner to a historic, tense 57-53 victory over the Crimson Tide.

Turner will take on Martin Luther, the top-ranked team in the state, Saturday at Evansville at 7 p.m.

Majeed went 11-for-14 from the field, with his two biggest points coming with Turner killing the clock, up a bucket. Majeed gathered a pass from DJ Wash, beat his defender and finished at the rim, giving the Trojans a 55-51 lead with 1:07 to play.

His backcourt mate, DJ Wash, then made another huge play: The Tide tried to get the ball in the pain. Wash came up with a diving steal, and just before he was tied up, called a timeout to preserve possession.

"That timeout was probably my favorite play of the game," Turner coach Ken Watkins said. "Because of the hustle and the awareness. I've been trying to tell everyone all year, our backcourt is the best-kept secret in the state. I would put our guards against any other guards. Both guys had big games. They were unbelievable."

Fittingly, it was Majeed who them applied the proverbial nail in the coffin, nailing a pair of free throws to put the Trojans up six, and on their way to Evansville for what will unquestionably be their biggest challenge of the season.

"Hey, they are the number one team in the state," Watkins said. "And everybody's been telling them for the last couple of weeks that whoever wins their side of the schedule is going to state. Well, they don't play the games on paper, so we'll see."

It took a while for Majeed to get going. The Trojans trailed 12-5 before starting a run keyed by a trey by Wash and a pair of buckets by Dai`Vontrelle Strong that brought Turner to within 18-16.

That's when Majeed went to work, scoring the Trojans' next nine points. Turner led 29-28 at halftime, with Majeed scoring 15.

"I have to produce for the team if we want to go someplace," Majeed said. "I feel like if I play bad, it seems like the team plays bad. Coach told me the offense was going to run through me, but to be patient with it, and that's what I tried to do. I had one of my best nights, for sure."

The second half was a back-and-forth affair, with neither team holding more than a five-point lead before the final minute. Things began to look bleak for the Trojans when Edgerton went up 50-46 with 3:15 left. After a Majeed free throw cut the lead to three, Wash got a transition basket to bring Turner to within one.

With Turner trailing 51-49, Wash (11 points) again came through, hitting a trey from the left wing to give the Trojans the lead for good.

"I just thought our kids played with great poise and composure all night long," Watkins said. "Even when they made their run, we stayed with it and didn't panic. I've got so much respect for Edgerton. They are so well-coached, and that's one of the two best defenses we've played all year."

Kenny Draeving said the team's ability to stay calm in the highest pressure was critical.

"We knew if we just did what coach was telling us and not do anything dumb, we'd be fine," Draeving said. "We knew we had it in us, and we pulled it out. 'D' (Strong) had some great steals for us out of our zone, and it was a whole team effort tonight."

• BOX: TURNER 57, EDGERTON 53

Turner (57)-Majeed 11-4-30, Wash Jr. 4-0-11, Draeving 2-0-4, Dillard 1-0-3, Strong 2-3-7, Hoppe 1-0-2. Totals: 21-7-57.

Edgerton (53)-Jenny 3-0-8, Hanson 1-0-3, Rusch 8-0-20, Wille 1-2-4, Spang 6-5-17, Norland 0-1-1. Totals: 19-8-53.

Beloit Turner 29 28-57

Edgerton 28 25-53

3-point goals-Turner 8 (Majeed 4, Wash 3, Dillard), Edgerton 7 (Rusch 4, Jenny 2, Hanson). Free throws missed-Turner 5, Edgerton 4. Total fouls-Turner 12, Edgerton 12.

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