Okoboji Basketball Splits At Central Lyon
The 8th ranked (3A) Okoboji Pioneers survived a furious fourth quarter rally by Central Lyon to pull out a 64-61 overtime road win on Friday night. Neither team could get much separation in the first quarter as Central Lyon got ahead 7-4 before Okoboji would end the frame on a 13-7 run to take a 17-14 lead into the second quarter. The second quarter was also played fairly evenly as Okoboji would maintain their lead and head into halftime ahead 31-26. The Pioneers would pick up the defensive intensity in the third quarter and take their first double digit lead, 42-31 on a three-pointer by Carissa Doran midway through the quarter. That lead would grow to 50-35 entering the final quarter. The Lions, however would not go away, and trimmed the lead to 51-46 with just over 3:00 to play. Central Lyon cut the lead to 51-50 with four straight free throws before Kallyn Stumbo hit two clutch free throws with :20 left to extend the Okoboji lead to 53-50. The Lions Addison Klosterbuer then hit a 25 foot three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. Central Lyon took their first lead since the first quarter on a quick bucket by Kaylee Davis but Okoboji would answer with a bucket by Camry Jones. After Farrah Lewis gave the Lions a 61-59, Ella Stoll would hit a huge three-pointer with just over one minute to play to put Okoboji back on top 62-61. The Pioneers would get a big stop, and Kallyn Stumbo hit two more big free throws to give Okoboji a 64-61 lead with :18 remaining. Central Lyon was unable to get a three pointer off to end the game as the Pioneers got one last stop to get the win. Kallyn Stumbo led Okoboji with 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 8 assists; Camry Jones also had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds; Carissa Doran added 13 points and 8 rebounds; Magan Christopherson added 9 points and 3 assists and Montana Wilson scored 7 points to go with 7 rebounds. Hayden Heimensen led Central Lyon with 18 points while Sutton Schlumbohm and Farrah Lewis added 13 each. The Pioneers improved to 10-0 overall and 8-0 in the Siouxland Conference while Central Lyon fell to 6-2 overall and in conference play. Okoboji will hit the road again on Tuesday against West Lyon.
Comments From Coach John Adams:
We were really proud of the mental toughness that our girls showed to pull this game out in overtime after Central Lyon hit that deep three-pointer at the end of regulation to tie the game. Central Lyon definitely had the momentum and took the quick OT lead but our girls didn’t panic and just kept battling. I thought our third quarter was great on both ends of the court, as we were more aggressive on defense and did a great job of sharing the basketball on offense. Give Central Lyon a ton of credit as they kept chipping away in that fourth quarter and forced us into some uncharacteristic turnovers. I’ve got to do a better job of having us stay in attack mode as we started to play to not lose the lead instead of playing to win. We did a much better job in overtime of going back to attacking inside and then Ella Stoll hit an absolutely huge three-pointer to give us the late lead. Kallyn was phenomenal on both ends of the court as were Camry and Carissa as they both hit some big shots and rebounded very well. They did a nice job on Magan defensively but she still played a very good floor game and Montana was really big for us in the paint. This is a great road win for us against a very good team.
Okoboji traveled to Rock Rapids Friday to take on the Lions of Central Lyon. Both teams got out to a hot start with the first quarter ending 21-20 in favor of Okoboji. Both teams continued to battle into half with the score 41-36 in favor of the Pioneers. Okoboji led 62-57 after three quarters. Both teams battled hard through the finish with Central Lyon winning 75-73. Jaden Heller led the Pioneers with 18 points. Lucas Lorenzen and Kyle Martin both scored 15. The Lions were led by Addison Metzger's 23 points. Okoboji drops to 5-4 on the season and will travel to West Lyon on Tuesday night.
Comments From Coach Ryan Stumbo:
We were proud of our offensive side of the ball tonight as we did a nice job of getting a lot of nice looks both around the hoop and from the outside. We also did a really nice job on the offensive glass. Jaden Heller played a great game for us and all the guys did nice things on that side of the ball. Credit Central Lyon for doing a lot of nice things offensively tonight as well. We were not able to string together enough defensive stops throughout the game and it cost us tonight. Central Lyon hung around all game long and had a nice push at the end.