Okoboji Girls Basketball Season Comes To An End
#2 Clear Lake advances to the State Tournament with a 65-47 victory over #7 Okoboji in Region 2 Final action on Saturday night in Algona in a game that was much closer than the final score. The first quarter was a defensive battle, with neither team leading by more than two points throughout the quarter, which would end in a 9-9 tie. The Lions hung on to a 14-13 lead midway through the second quarter before going on an 11-5 run to push that lead to 25-18; Okoboji answered with free throws from Kallyn Stumbo and Ella Stoll to make it a 25-21 game at the half. The Pioneers would come out firing in the third quarter as three pointers by Carissa Doran and Shayla Baschke, and a three point play by Kallyn Stumbo would give Okoboji a 32-29 lead with 4:00 left in the frame. Clear Lake, however would answer with a 14-4 run to end the quarter and take a 43-36 lead. A basket by Magan Christopherson cut the lead to 43-38, before the Lions went on a 5-0 run to take a 10 point lead. Camry Jones hit two free throws to cut that margin to 48-40, but the Pioneers would get no closer the rest of the game, as Clear Lake hit some big three pointers and free throws to take control of the game. Kallyn Stumbo led Okoboji with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists; Magan Christopherson scored 15 points and 2 steals and Camry Jones scored 6 points to go along with 5 rebounds. Clear Lake was led by Chelsey Holck’s 15 points; Sara Faber added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists; Ali Maulsby scored 10 points and Kaitlyn VanderPloeg grabbed 7 rebounds. Clear Lake held Okoboji to 26% shooting on the night and outrebounded the Pioneers 38-20. Okoboji ends their season at 22-2 while Clear Lake improves to 22-2 and will face Davenport Assumption at the State Tournament. Okoboji says goodbye to seniors Magan Christopherson, Carissa Doran, Camry Jones, Faith Pearson and Camry Jones, who end their careers with a 74-18 record and two Siouxland Conference Championships.
Comments From Head Coach John Adams
Clear Lake is a great team, and it’s too bad that the second and seventh ranked teams had to play in a Region Final. This group deserves to be at the State Tournament, and we feel sick for them that they did not get that opportunity. We just couldn’t get any offensive rhythm going, and you have to give Clear Lake credit for how hard they guarded us; they are long and athletic and seemed to contest every pass and shot. We felt good at halftime only being down four, and when we took a three point lead with 4:00 left in the third quarter we had some great momentum, but we just couldn’t get a key stop when we needed it to build that lead. We are normally very good on the glass, but Clear Lake really dominated that area and that was a huge part of the game. This loss doesn’t take away anything that this group accomplished through the season, and we are so thankful for this amazing group of young women. We loved every minute that we got to spend together and will look back on many great memories that were created throughout the season. Our senior class was absolutely amazing, not only on the court but in the school and community as leaders, and we can’t thank them enough for everything that they gave our program; they are the epitome of putting “We before Me” and will be sorely missed. We also want to thank our fantastic fans for their support all season, it was truly humbling to see so many of them to make the drive over here tonight, as they made it seem like a home game. We are all truly proud to be Pioneers.”