Okoboji Basketball Sweeps Sheldon On The Road

Sat 12-1-2018

Girls Game

Okoboji got a win in their first road game of the season 71-52 at Sheldon on Friday night.  Both teams came out scoring in the first quarter as Sheldon took an 11-10 lead before a 3-pointer by Mia Meyer put the Pioneers up 13-11 and gave them a lead they would never relinquish as they stretched it to 21-14 at the end of the first quarter.  The lead would grow to nine before the Orabs went on a 5-0 run to end the half to make the score 31-27 at intermission.  The teams would trade buckets for the first start of the third quarter before the Pioneers clamped down on defense to extend a 39-33 lead to 52-38 entering the final frame.  Sheldon, however would not go away, trimming the lead to 53-45 with back to back three-pointers but the Pioneers would answer with a 10-3 lead to put the game away.  Magan Christopherson led Okoboji with 18  points to go along with 4 steals and 5 rebounds; Kallyn Stumbo had 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, Camry Jones added 14 points and 10 rebounds, Mia Meyer had a big night off the bench with 13 points, hitting all three of her 3-point attempts, and Alexis Neilsen added 10 rebounds.  Sheldon was led by Brooklyn Grady’s 15 points.  With the win the Class 3A 9th ranked Pioneers improve to 4-0 on the season and 3-0 in the Siouxland Conference.  Okoboji will host undefeated Rock Valley on Tuesday. 


Comments From Boji Coach John Adams:

We were very happy to come out of here with a win. Sheldon played us very tough and had a really good game plan.  We challenged the girls to guard harder in the third quarter and they responded.  Mia Meyer hit some huge shots for us in the first half when they were taking Kallyn and Magan away and helped us to that first half lead.  Sheldon did a very good job of making Kallyn and Magan work for their points, and I thought both of them did an equally good job of staying patient and not forcing things.  Camry and Alexis continue to do impressive work on the glass, and we once again got great minutes and energy from our bench, including what I felt was Taylor Titterington’s best game of the year.



Boys Game

The Pioneers traveled to Sheldon Friday night to take on the Orabs. The Pioneers got off to a solid start both offensively and defensively and ended the first quarter with a score of 23-7. They continued to battle through the first half and went into halftime with a 38 -16 lead. The third quarter saw both teams trade buckets and ended 50-32 in favor of the Pioneers. The Orabs made a push in the fourth quarter to close the gap down to 9 points with a minute left, but the Pioneers were able to pull out the victory with a final score of 65-58. The Pioneers were led by Jamison Helmer's 25 points. Cris Halbur added 12 points, and Kyle Martin contributed 11 with both Halbur and Martin pulling in 6 rebounds a piece. Tyler Adams did a little bit of everything for the Pioneers contributing 4 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists on the night. Sheldon was led by Mitchel Wolf's 15 points. Luke Van Beek also contributed 14 for the Orabs.


Comments From Boji Coach Ryan Stumbo:

As a staff, we were very proud of the resiliency our guys displayed tonight and this first week of the season. We talk a lot about how sports can provide great opportunities to develop important life skills, and we were very encouraged seeing how the game of basketball is helping our guys put these skills into practice. Instead of focusing on negative elements, these guys chose to confront our areas of improvement, stay true to who they are, and lean into our experience together this week to come even closer as a team and make some nice progress. Regardless of any outcome, that is what we were most proud of this game. We will need to continue to show this resiliency all year long and know we have a great group of guys that can do it.