Okoboji Basketball At Rock Valley
Rock Valley lead from start to finish in their 54-32 victory over Okoboji on Thursday night. The Rockets raced to an 8-2 lead and pushed that to 18-8 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was much the same with Rock Valley remaining hot and Okoboji having no answer for them as the lead ballooned to 41-12 at the half. The Rockets grew the lead to 34 at the end of the third quarter 54-20. Okoboji was able to trim that lead in the fourth quarter as Rock Valley pulled their starters. Okoboji was led by Montana Wilson’s 11 points and 10 rebounds, freshmen Ava Packebush and Courtney Bockman added 6 and 5 points and Olivia Lorenzen had 4 assists. Rock Valley was led by Lexie VanKekerix who had 18 points while Abby Heemstra chipped in with 13. Okoboji falls to 2-15 on the season while Rock Valley improves to 10-6.
Comments From Okoboji Head Coach John Adams:
“We just got outplayed and outcoached from the opening tip. Give Rock Valley all the credit, they came out and competed very hard and played with a chip on their shoulder. Jordan always does a great job with his teams and they were ready to play. Congrats to Abby Heemstra on reaching the 1,000 point milestone tonight; it will be nice to not have to play against her and Lexie next year as those two have been fantastic players for four years. The good news is we don’t have time to hang our heads as we get the opportunity to compete tomorrow night against a great Central Lyon team and I know this group will respond.”
Okoboji traveled to Rock Valley Thursday night to take on the Rockets. Both teams competed hard in the first quarter with the Rockets opening up a 20-13 lead. Rock Valley went into half with a 37-22 lead. The third quarter ended with a 57-38 score. The final score ended up 67-55 in favor of the Rockets. Jaden Heller led Okoboji with 16 points, Will Hoffman and Aidan Dahms each had 14 points. Okoboji is now 7-9 and 5-8 in the conference.
Comments From Okoboji Head Coach Ryan Stumbo:
Give Rock Valley a lot of credit tonight for moving the ball really well and their ability to score inside and out. They are a good team. Even though we lost tonight, we felt like we did a lot of things better than what we had earlier the past couple games. Justin Vaugh returning was a big help for us rebounding. We just need to keep developing good habits and improving going into February.