Okoboji Basketball Sweeps Central Lyon
The 12th ranked (3A) Okoboji Pioneers claimed their sixth straight victory, 63-52 at Central Lyon on Friday night. Okoboji jumped to a quick 6-0 lead but Central Lyon would answer back with a 10-4 run to end the first quarter and make the score 13-10. The Pioneers would continue to build the lead behind hot shooting from Alli Harms and great team defense, taking a 32-22 lead into halftime. The Lions would not go quietly however, as they trimmed the lead to 37-33 late in the third quarter but Okoboji would answer with an 8-2 run to push the margin to 45-35 heading into the final period. The Pioneers pushed the lead to 61-44 midway through the fourth quarter before the Lions ended the game on an 8-2 run to make the final margin 11. Magan Christopherson led Okoboji with 19 points to go along with 6 assists and 3 steals; Camry Jones added 14 points and 8 rebounds; Alli Harms nailed 4 of 6 three-pointers on her way to 14 points and Kallyn Stumbo added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Sutton Schlumbohm paced the Lions with 18 points while Farrah Lewis added 17 points. Okoboji clinched at least a share of the Siouxland Conference title with the victory and improves to 17-2 overall and 14-2 in the league; Central Lyon drops to 10-9 overall and 9-7 in the Siouxland Conference. The Pioneers will try to win the conference outright and honor seven seniors on Saturday night when they host George-Little Rock.
Comments From Head Coach John Adams
That was a great, hard-fought road win for us. Central Lyon had a nice game plan to try and take Magan and Kallyn out of the offensive end, so it was huge for us to have Alli Harms step up and hit some big-time shots tonight. I am so happy for her as she constantly stays after practice to do extra shooting, and it’s great to see a kid like that get rewarded with a big night. Magan and the rest of our guards did a great job on the defensive end again tonight, while Magan also hit some big shots while not forcing things on offense. Camry had another nice night in the paint for us and Kallyn was very solid on both ends of the court. I absolutely loved seeing us with 21 assists on 24 made field goals as that shows how unselfish this team is and how they have bought into turning down a good shot to get a teammate a great shot. Central Lyon has a very good team and we were happy to get out of here with an 11 point victory.
The Pioneers traveled to Rock Rapids Friday night to take on Central Lyon. Both teams had their offenses rolling early with the first quarter score ending 17-16 in favor of Central Lyon. The Pioneers fought back in the second quarter to take a 40-35 lead going into halftime. The Pioneers built on their lead coming out of the break throughout the 3rd quarter, which ended 64-51 in favor of Okoboji. Central Lyon pushed back hard in the 4th quarter to close the game to three points late with the final score ultimately ending up 83-76 Okoboji. Lucas Lorenzen led the Pioneers with a 24 point 10 rebound effort. Jamison Helmers also contributed 21 points and 4 assists. Tyler Adams scored 13 points for the Pioneers, and Cris Halbur also contributed 12 points on the night. The Lions were led by Kaden Huisman's 18 points. Kole Hoogendoorn scored 17 points and Zed Heimensen contributed 16 on the night.
Comments From Head Coach Ryan Stumbo