Okoboji Basketball Hosts Sioux Center
The #9 (3A) Okoboji Pioneers won their fourth straight game, downing Sioux Center 59-45 in Milford on Thursday night. The teams were tied at 5-5 before Okoboji would end the quarters on a 10-1 run to take a 15-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Pioneers would grow that lead to 24-13 before Sioux Center cut it to 26-20 with a 7-2 run before a three-pointer by Carissa Doran would give Okoboji a 29-20 lead at the half. The Pioneers would really lock down on the defensive end in the third quarter, holding the Warriors to just four points while pushing the lead to 40-24 entering the final frame. That lead would grow to 46-28 before Sioux Center made a run to cut it to 50-39 with 2:00 remaining. The Pioneers would ice the game away at the free throw line to secure the 14 point win. Kallyn Stumbo led Okoboji with a triple-double with 14 points 10 rebounds and 10 assists; Magan Christopherson scored 12 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists; Montana Wilson scored 11 points to go with 8 rebounds; Carissa Doran and Camry Jones added 8 points each and Shayla Baschke scored 6 points. Jacie VanderWall led Sioux Center with 13 points. Okoboji improves to 16-1 overall and 13-1 in the Siouxland Conference while Sioux Center drops to 9-8 overall and 7-7 in the conference.
Comments From Head Coach John Adams
“It was great to see such a balanced effort, with six players scoring at least six points. Kallyn had a great game with a triple-double, and she just does a great job of finding the open players and giving them great passes where they can score. Magan had another great defensive night, holding Den Herder to six points, and also was big at the free throw line for us. Montana and Camry had strong games inside scoring and rebounding. Carissa hit some big shots for us when they were making runs, and Shalya gave us some outstanding minutes off the bench. We talk a lot about defense winning games for us, and that defense in the third quarter really helped us open things up.”
The Pioneers hosted Sioux Center Thursday night in another Siouxland Conference matchup. Teh Warriors came out strong and jumped out to a 19-12 lead. The Pioneers fought back in the second quarter to take a 39-38 lead going into halftime. Both teams continued to battle in the third quarter with Okoboji carrying a 62-60 lead going into the fourth. The game ended 90-84 in favor of the Warriors.