Okoboji Basketball Travels To Sioux Center Tuesday February 9
The #5 Class 2A Okoboji Pioneers rallied from a 15 point second half deficit to beat the 6th ranked 3A Sioux Center Warriors 53-48 on Tuesday night in Sioux Center. The win sealed the Siouxland Conference championship for the Pioneers. The first quarter was back and forth as both teams were a bit rusty from lack of court time with the recent weather and Okoboji took a 9-7 lead into the second quarter. Sioux Center jumped up by 5 in the 2nd quarter but Okoboji would rally behind Megan Peschong’s 10 first half points and take a 19-18 lead into halftime. Sioux Center came out on fire in the third quarter, building a 38-23 lead with suffocating defensive pressure and transition baskets. The Warriors took a 40-27 lead into the final quarter. The Pioneers started hitting some big baskets in the fourth quarter as 3 pointers by Brenna McCabe, Emily Wintz, Brooklyn Barnett and Shaelyn Adams would trim the lead to 48-46. Clutch free throws by Peschong, who returned from an injury suffered in the 3rd quarter, and Wintz would knot the game at 48-48 before Cory Hoffman hit a huge 15 footer to give Okoboji a 50-48 lead. The Pioneers would get some big stops down the stretch and free throws by Hoffman, Peschong and Molly Mitchell would ice the game and the conference title. Okoboji was led by Megan Peschong, who had 13 points go along with 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks; Shaelyn Adams scored 11 points while grabbing 4 rebounds; Emily Wintz had 9 points with 5 steals and Molly Mitchell scored 6 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and blocked 4 shots. Okoboji improves to 20-1 overall with a conference mark of 17-1. The Pioneers received a first round bye in Class 2A Region 2 play and will host the winner of the Emmetsburg/West Hancock game on Tuesday night in Milford.
Sioux Center defeated Okoboji 60 - 46 on Tuesday night in Sioux Center. The loss sends Okoboji to 4-16 on the season. In the loss Tuesday night, Okoboji was paced by Alex Heller with 12 points and Bryce Peter with 10. Okoboji has 1 more regular season game left when they host George Little Rock Friday night on Y 100.