By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
TURPIN, Okla., - With the top-ranked and two-time defending state champs Forgan in town it was going to be an uphill battle for the Turpin Cardinals at full strength. But with two starters missing because of suspensions it got ugly early, and Forgan won 65-29 in a game that was not as close as the score.
"I'm proud of the guys we put on the floor; I thought we played hard," Cardinals coach Gary Wallace said. "Forgan is a great team and I give them all the credit in the world; that's why they're two-time defending state champions and ranked number one again."
Forgan led 14-4 with 4:11 left in the first, and finished the quarter up, 22-4. The Cardinal scoring drought carried over into the second quarter with the Bulldogs extending the lead to 33-4 with 3:57 left in the half. Turpin went almost nine minutes without scoring.
"I was pleased with our ball movement against the zone early," Bulldogs coach Todd Kerr. We shared the ball well. We didn't shoot it well, but we attacked the glass well, especially offensive boards. But at times, it was pretty sloppy."
By the end of the first half, Forgan led 44-12.
"We had new guys playing new positions," Wallace said. "When you do that you have a little trouble. Forgan got good ball pressure and got some turnovers early."
In the third, Turpin actually outscored Forgan 10-5. Forgan did not score a field goal in the quarter until 2:38 left. But even with that, Forgan still led by 27 heading into the fourth. Forgan outscored Turpin 16-7 in the fourth to win by 36.
"It was a game were we were able to get a lot of guys good minutes," Kerr said. "It was just a feel (heavy substitution early in the game) I had for what was happening, and with a game tomorrow we wanted to keep are guys as fresh as we can."
Jake Regier led the Bulldogs offense with 17 points, all in the first half, including three 3-pointers. Trevin Lopez scored 9 off the bench, and a total of 10 different players scored for Forgan.
Isaac Resendiz was the only Cardinal in double figures with 12.
Forgan will travel to Texhoma Tuesday. Turpin will host Elkhart.