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Turkey Valley Girls back in 1A State Championship Game

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The rematch is set in Class 1A. For the second straight year, it's Springville against Turkey Valley for the state championship.

Second-ranked Turkey Valley completed that pairing by pulling out a 48-46 overtime victory over Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton. The Trojans will take a 23-2 record against No. 1 Springville at 6 p.m.

Springville edged Turkey Valley 48-47 in last year's title game and beat the Trojans 40-27 earlier this season. The Orioles advanced with a 61-43 victory over Kingsley-Pierson.

Elli Winter and Kayla Gebel led Turkey Valley with 13 points each. Gebel scored 11 of her points in the second half, including three key buckets in the third quarter to bring the Trojans back with a seven-point halftime deficit. Winter grabbed 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double.

Shelby Reicks added 10 points, six steals and four assists for Turkey Valley, including two free throws that broke the game's final tie. Morgen Kuennen scored eight for the Trojans.

Exira/EHK got most of its scoring from its strong inside duo of Sophia Peppers and Kealey Nelson. Peppers finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Nelson had 12 points and 11 rebounds. The two were especially strong on the offensive boards, helping the Spartans put up 18 second-chance points.

Peppers scored on a putback to tie it at 42-all with 18 seconds left in regulation, then blocked a shot at the other end to force overtime.

Her two free throws tied it at 44 with 2:33 left in the extra session, but Reicks was fouled 11 seconds later and made both shots for a 46-44 lead. Three turnovers hurt the Spartans in the final two minutes and Gebel sank two free throws for the final points.

Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton played at state for the third straight year and finishes 24-2.

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