Okoboji Girls Basketball Wins Siouxland Conference
The #9 (3A) Okoboji Pioneers clinched their second straight Siouxland Conference championship with a hard-fought 55-46 win over Central Lyon in Milford on Friday night. The first quarter was back and forth with neither team able to create any separation as Okoboji clung to a 15-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lions would pull ahead 19-18 before Okoboji took the lead back on a three-pointer by Magan Christopherson; the Pioneers would keep that lead at 28-26 at halftime. The third quarter was a back and forth defensive battle, with the largest lead being three for Okoboji, who would lead 38-35 entering the fourth quarter. Central Lyon would tie the score several times in the final frame, but Okoboji answered every run and would hit some big free throws down the stretch to pull out the victory. The Pioneers were led by Magan Christopherson, who scored 26 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists; Kallyn Stumbo had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and Camry Jones added 7 points and 8 rebounds. Hayden Heimensen led Central Lyon with 19 points while Sutton Schlumbohm chipped in with 12 points. Okoboji improves to 19-1 overall and 16-1 in the Siouxland, while Central Lyon falls to 15-5 overall and 13-4 in the conference.
Comments From Okoboji Coach John Adams
“I absolutely love this team and how hard they have worked all season to reach this goal. The Siouxland Conference is a very tough league, with some great teams and coaches, and this group has just been phenomenal with their consistent effort and energy. We knew tonight would be tough, as Central Lyon is a very good team, and this game had a tournament type feel. Central Lyon did a good job in their zone, and we had a hard time getting an offensive flow going, but the girls kept their composure and kept getting stops when we needed them. Montana hit two huge free throws for us in the fourth quarter and Carissa, Magan, Kallyn and Camry all also helped salt the game away at the line with some big free throws. Magan did a fantastic job with some big three-pointers and getting in the paint, and also had a great floor game. Kallyn had another very good all-around game; Carissa guarded really well and battled through not feeling very good. Camry and Montana got some big rebounds for us down the stretch, and we got great minutes from our bench in key stretches. This group is so connected, and that shows by how hard they play for each other night in and night out. I love how they don’t get rattled, and no matter what happens, they stick together.”
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