Okoboji Basketball Sweeps West Lyon On The Road
The 12th ranked (3A) Okoboji Pioneers rallied in dramatic fashion to pull out a hard-fought 62-59 overtime win at West Lyon on Tuesday night. West Lyon continued their hot play from last week, and jumped to a quick 6-0 lead behind freshman post Brooklyn Meyer. Okoboji would settle down and trim the Wildcat lead to 14-10 at the end of the first quarter. West Lyon continued to build on that lead, however, in the second quarter, going on an 8-4 run to end the half and take a 30-21 lead into intermission. The Pioneers would turn up the defensive pressure and got their offense going from their defense, outscoring the host Wildcats 22-7 in the third quarter to take a 43-37 lead into the final frame. A basket by Camry Jones pushed the lead to eight at 47-39, but then it was West Lyon’s turn to rally, as the Wildcats would go on a 7-0 run to trim the lead to 47-46. Alli Harms hit a three-pointer to push the lead to 50-46 but again West Lyon answered, this time with a 9-2 run to take a 55-52 lead with :15 left in the game. Okoboji’s Kallyn Stumbo would then hit a huge three pointer to tie the game at 55 and the Pioneers got a stop on the last possession of regulation to force overtime. Okoboji would never trail in overtime, scoring the first five points to take a 60-55 lead. Magan Christopherson and Alli Harms each hit two free throws to help put the game away at the end. Kallyn Stumbo led Okoboji with another double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to go along with 6 assists; Alli Harms matched her career high with 14 points, while Magan Christopherson added 11 points and 3 assists. Brooklyn Meyer had a monster night for West Lyon with 29 points while Hayley Knoblock added 12 points. Okoboji, who clinched the Siouxland Conference on Saturday night, finishes the regular season with eight straight wins to improve to 19-2 overall and 16-2 in conference play. West Lyon drops to 11-8 overall and 10-7 in the conference with one game remaining. Okoboji will host Sioux Center on Saturday night in the first round of 3A Region 1 action.
Comments From Coach John Adams:
We are very proud of the girls for how we responded in the second half and overtime. We got out-coached and out-played in that first half, and we really challenged the girls at halftime to come out with some more energy and a bigger commitment on the defensive end of the floor. Our defensive pressure changed the game in the third quarter and also helped get our offense going. That fourth quarter was really back and forth as two really good teams battled down to the wire. Kallyn’s shot was big time, and we had all the confidence in the world that she would hit it. Magan had another strong all-around game, and was outstanding on the defensive end of the floor again. Alli Harms is really playing with some great confidence while hitting some big time shots for us and guarding very well. I thought Alexis Neilsen also had her best game with 5 points and 4 rebounds and we got some great minutes again from our bench. To go 16-2 in what I feel is one of the best conferences in the State of Iowa is a great accomplishment for this group and one that they worked extremely hard to make happen. We know we’ll have a battle on our hands Saturday night with a very good Sioux Center team coming to town and we will need a really good week of practice to prepare.
Comments From Coach Ryan Stumbo: