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Josh Flickinger/Beloit Daily News Beloit Turner junior DJ Wash goes up for a layup during the Trojans' win over Brodhead Thursday night.

BELOIT - Anytime. Any place. With any number of players.

That's Beloit Turner's offense, in a nutshell. The depth and versatility of the Trojans was far too much for the Brodhead Cardinals to overcome in a 78-57 loss Thursday night.

The Trojans (3-2 overall, 3-1 in Rock Valley Conference play) trailed 11-6 early in the game when Turner coach Ken Watkins burned a timeout.

"I didn't think the things we were working on defensively for the past couple of weeks carried into the early part of the game tonight," Watkins said. "And I thought we weren't moving the ball on offense. We had a lot of guys trying to do it on their own. Once we reset things a little bit, we got back to playing the way we wanted to play."

The Trojans immediately went on an 11-0 run, and never trailed after that point, taking a 44-28 lead into intermission and cruising in the second half.

Brodhead coach Nick Jarvis said Turner's depth was the difference.

"They are a super dynamic team," Jarvis said. "The tempo favored us early, but they turned up the pressure and really started to run. They are so deep, and they can score from so many different places. In previous years, they've had some really dynamic scorers that you could just focus on and try to take them away. This year, they have so many weapons that they can beat you from five different spots. If you are weak in one spot, they are going to find that and take advantage of it."

Turner's scoring ledger told the story: Steve Dillard led the way with 13 points. Point guard DJ was played a terrific floor game while adding 12 points. Jordan Majeed finished with 11, Ty`Shone Lomax had 10, and Jackson Carter finished with nine points.

"We've got 15 players that truly deserve to be on a varsity roster," Watkins said. "The competition in practice is fierce, and it's really a day-to-day thing with playing time. Guys know that if they slip, there's going to be someone behind them capable of taking their minutes. I've never coached a group like this, and they've been really good about being unselfish with the ball and unselfish understanding their roles. That's hard for a high school kid to do."

Wash said one key for his team is the ability to control the tempo.

"Our game plan was to pressure them and run," Wash said. "At first, we put up some quick shots that weren't great shots, but then we settled in. This is a great group to play with. You can tell we have a lot of kids who really love basketball. The chemistry on the team is great. Being able to play with players who I know can get buckets, as a point guard, that really helps me a lot."

Promising sophomore Cade Walker led the Cardinals with 12 points.

"We are still coming together as a team, because we haven't spent a ton of time playing together," Walker said. "We went in just taking the approach of one possession at a time, but they sped us up and the game got out of hand."

• UP NEXT: The Trojans will travel to Milwaukee Hamilton,a WIAA Division 1 team, Saturday night, while Brodhead will host McFarland Tuesday.


Brodhead (57)-Walker 4-2-12, Kloepping 1-2-4, Turner 1-0-3, Baker 1-0-3, Moss 1-2-5, VanWhye 3-2-9, Malcook 3-1-7, Knuth 1-0-2, McGinty 2-3-7. Totals: 19-13-57.

Turner (78)-Lomax 4-1-10, Majeed 5-0-11, Wash 5-1-12, Burrows 0-3-3, Carter 4-0-9, Draeving 3-0-6, Tinder 3-0-6, Sawyer 2-0-4, Dillard 5-0-13, Hoppe 2-0-4. Totals: 33-5-78.

Brodhead ...............................28 29-57

Beloit Turner.......................... 44 34-78

3-point goals-Brodhead 6 (Walker 2, Turner, Baker, Moss, VanWhye), Turner 7 (Dillard 3, Lomax, Majeed, Wash, Carter). Free throws missed-Brodhead 3, Turner 3. Total fouls-Brodhead 13, Turner 18.

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