Okoboji Basketball Takes Both Games From Sheldon

Tue 1-21-2020

Girls Game

After an eleven day layoff the #9 (3A) Okoboji Pioneers got back on track with a 73-44 home victory over Sheldon on Tuesday night. Okoboji got off to a quick start, taking a 9-0 lead before Sheldon would go on a 5-2 run to make it 11-5 at the end of the first quarter. The Pioneers would not let up in the second quarter, and turned their 15-9 margin into a 31-13 lead with 2:00 left in the half; the gap would remain at 18 with Okoboji leading 36-18 at halftime. Okoboji put the game away early in the third quarter with a 14-2 run, and would never look back, doubling up the Orabs at the end of the third frame 58-29. The largest lead for the Pioneers came at 70-38 before Sheldon ended the game on a 6-3 run. Okoboji had all five starters score in double figures,  led by Kallyn Stumbo’s 17 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists; Camry Jones had 12 points and 8 rebounds; Magan Christopherson had 12 points and 5 assists; Carissa Doran scored 11 points to go with 3 steals, and sophomore Montana Wilson recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sheldon was led by Maliah Kleinhesselink’s 13 points. Okoboji improves to 13-1 on the season and 10-1 in the Siouxland Conference while Sheldon falls to 4-11 overall and 3-9 in the conference. Okoboji will host Rock Valley on Friday night.


Comments From Head Coach John Adams

“It was great to finally get back on the court tonight and watch this group compete. We had some great practices the last week and that carried over into the game tonight. I loved our energy on defense and we were very unselfish on offense. Kallyn did a great job scoring, rebounding and passing; Magan was very patient and didn’t force things against their box and one; Carissa hit some big shots, and continues to do the little things for us; Camry was great inside again, and Montana had a big night scoring and rebounding. Our bench gave us some excellent minutes as well, and it was an all-around great team win.” 



Boys Game

The Okoboji Pioneers hosted the Sheldon Orabs Tuesday night as they began their second round of conference play. The Pioneers got out to a strong start leading the Orabs 24-9 at the end of the first quarter. Both teams competed hard in the second quarter bringing the first half score to 39-27 in favor of the Pioneers. Both teams continued to battle throughout the third quarter with the score 59-43 Pioneers. The Orabs made a strong push in the fourth quarter to close the score late, but the final ended 76-66 in favor of Okoboji.


Lucas Lorenzen led the Pioneers with 30 points on the night, and Jamison Helmers scored 28 points in the contest. Tyler Adams also contributed 8 points on the night. The Orabs were led by Tye Sudbeck's 27 points while Jordan Jeffries also contributed 12.  Okoboji improves to 7-6 and will host Rock Valley Friday on Q 102.


Comments From Head Coach Ryan Stumbo

We were really proud of how we came out tonight to open the game. We shot the ball really well all night, particularly early in the game, and did a really nice job moving the ball and making good reads for good looks offensively.  We also opened up with great defensive focus. Sheldon came out with some different defensive looks, and we were proud of how we responded and adjusted offensively around the rim and attacking the glass to keep us steady offensively in the second half. Lucas Lorenzen and Jamison Helmers were both exceptional tonight. They both shot really well early and continued to attack for great looks around the hoop as well. Sheldon really turned it on in the fourth quarter, but we were proud of the collective grit we showed to come out with the win tonight.