Okoboji Girls With Big Win Over Sioux Center
The Class 3A 13th ranked Okoboji Pioneers picked up a big conference win over two-time defending Siouxland Conference champion Sioux Center on Tuesday night, 54-47 in Milford. The Warriors jumped out to a quick lead behind three first quarter three pointers to take a 15-8 advantage at the end of the first frame. Okoboji would find their offensive flow in the second quarter and cut the lead to 18-17 behind a Magan Christopherson three pointer but the Warriors ended the half on a 6-2 run to take a 24-19 advantage into the break. The Pioneers quickly tied the game at 24-24 and then took their first lead at 30-27 behind another Christopherson three, but Sioux Center would answer and regain the lead 34-32 before Okoboji ended the third quarter on a 4-0 spurt to take a 36-34 lead into the final quarter. The Pioneers would never relinquish the lead in the fourth quarter, and hit some big free throws to ice the game at the end. Christopherson led Okoboji with 22 points to go along with 4 assists; Kallyn Stumbo added 15 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, and Alli Harms chipped in with 9 points, including two big three pointers in the fourth quarter. Post players Camry Jones and Alexis Neilsen each grabbed 10 rebounds. Sioux Center was led by Jacie Vander Wall’s 21 points. It was the first conference loss for the Warriors since Okoboji beat them in February of 2016. Okoboji improves to 2-0 on the season and will host Harris-Lake Park on Thursday night.
Comments From Okoboji Coach John Adams:
“I was very impressed with how our girls kept battling all night, especially after a slow start. We struggled to get much going offensively in the first quarter, and you have to give Sioux Center’s defense credit for that. Magan got us going in the second quarter with some big threes of great passes from Kallyn and when we finally took the lead in the third the girls did a great job of maintaining our composure. Alli hit some huge shots in the fourth quarter, and Magan and Kallyn did a nice job of icing the game away at the line. Our posts did a great job of guarding and rebounding tonight and am so proud of the positive energy that our bench had the entire game; this was truly a team win.”