Okoboji Basketball Sweeps West Lyon On The Road

Wed 2-6-2019

Girls Game

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. 



Boys Game

Okoboji traveled to West Lyon Tuesday night to take on the Wildcats in one of the last regular season matchups of the year. The game started out with a lot of offensive firepower with the first quarter coming to a close 26-22 in favor of Okoboji. The offenses of both teams continued to score into the 2nd quarter with the half time score 45-40 in favor of the Pioneers. The 3rd quarter saw the Pioneers gain a little more of a lead ending 65-55, and the fourth quarter closed with a final score of 80-68 in favor of the Pioneers. The Pioneers were led by Kyle Martin's 21 points. Cris Halbur contributed 16 points on the night. Lucas Lorenzen put forth another double double effort with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jamison Helmers contributed 12, and Tyler Adams 9 on the night. The Wildcats were led by Josh Van Beek 18 points.


Comments From Coach Ryan Stumbo:

The guys put together a really nice offensive performance tonight, and it was great to see so many guys contribute throughout the course of the game. This is a game where we felt like we made some really nice reads and had some really nice rhythm feeding off of each other, which led to us shooting well from the outside and attacking really well off of our ball movement. We embraced a little more physicality in the 2nd half that allowed us to rebound better and string together stops at important times. It was a great team win full of really nice decisions and flow out on the court that we will need to continue to build off of going into post season play. We are just really proud of these boys in how they compete, encourage, and stick together out on the floor.