ELC Basketball Sweeps Okoboji
Okoboji fell at 10th ranked 3A Estherville Lincoln Central 55-35 on Saturday afternoon. The score was 5-3 in favor of the Midgets when ELC extended it with a 9-1 run to end the quarter and take a 14-4 lead. ELC used a 9-2 run to extend their lead to 25-6 and kept the margin at 19 at halftime with a 30-11 lead. The Pioneers came out and trimmed the lead to 33-17 midway through the third quarter before the Midgets pushed it to 40-22 to end the frame. The fourth quarter was played pretty evenly as the Midgets ended up with the 20 point win. Montana Wilson led Okoboji with 12 points and 6 rebounds; Ava Packebush and Lynnae Abrahamson chipped in with 5 points each and Carly Carstens added four assists. Jaydan Nitchals led ELC with 17 points, Kaitlyn Tendal added 13 points and Jordyn Stokes had 12 points.
Comments From Okoboji Girls Coach John Adams:
“I really liked how we responded at halftime and competed in the second half. ELC does such a good job with their pressure defense and that really bothered us in the first half, as we had 15 of our 20 turnovers in the first half. We took better care of the ball and made some very nice plays in the second half. Montana had another nice game inside and it’s great to have Carly Carstens back on the court with this team. We’re excited for another busy week with three games and look forward with getting back on the court with this group.”
The Pioneers traveled to Estherville Saturday for a non-conference match up against ELC. Both teams started the game well with the first quarter ending 20-16 in favor of Okoboji. Estherville responded in the second quarter to take a 32-31 lead going into halftime. Estherville came out of the half to close the game well extending their lead 56-44 at the end of the third and finished the game with a 74-55 win. The Pioneer's were led by Jaden Heller's 13 points and Will Hoffman's 12 points. ELC was led by Adrian Vaughn's 24 points. Will Larson and Owen Larson added 17 and 13, respectively.
Comments From Okoboji Boys Coach Ryan Stumbo:
Give ELC a lot of credit. They played a nice overall game and offensively scored the ball well. We struggled to find ways to defend their guards and turned the ball over way too much. That combination does not make anything easy. We will keep working to figure out ways to get better in those areas and keep growing going into the final push of the regular season.