Okoboji Hosts Rock Valley
Okoboji won a thriller over Rock Valley on Tuesday night with a three pointer by Magan Christopherson with :04 to give the Pioneers a 60-59 victory. Rock Valley got a good look but had a last second shot bounce off the rim. Okoboji got off to a quick start in the first quarter behind the hot shooting of Kallyn Stumbo and took a 14-8 lead into the second quarter. The lead would grow to 20-12 but the Rockets went on a 9-0 run to take a 21-20 lead. Mackenzie Vos would hit a deep three pointer at the halftime buzzer to put the Pioneers ahead 26-24 at the intermission. The third quarter went back and forth until Rock Valley got two late three pointers from Abby Heemstra to take a 44-39 lead into the fourth quarter. Magan Christopherson would help rally the Pioneers with a hot hand from behind the three point line and Okoboji battled ahead 50-49 but the Rockets would not wither and took a 58-54 lead before Morgan Jensen hit a big three pointer to trim the lead to one with :30 remaining. With just :08 left Rock Valley missed a free throw and Stumbo grabbed the rebound and passed it ahead to Christopherson for the game winning shot. Christopherson led Okoboji with 23 points, including five three pointers in the second half; Stumbo added 16 points to go with 10 rebounds and 8 assists; Camry Jones also grabbed 10 rebounds for Okoboji. Heemstra led Rock Valley with 18 while Lexie Van Kekerix added 15. #9 Okoboji improves to 5-0 on the season while Rock Valley drops to 3-1. Okoboji will host undefeated MOC-FV on Friday night in a key Siouxland Conference battle.
Comments From Okoboji Coach John Adams:
We were very proud of the girls for finding a way to win this game. Rock Valley is an excellent, very well-coached team and we were fortunate to come out of here with a win. I was very proud of Magan as she struggled with her shot in the first half, but still took three charges tonight and held their leading scorer who was averaging 20 points a game to one point. She hit some big shots in the second half and found her rhythm while our girls did a great job of getting her open shots. The shot at the end of the game was a huge one and she has put a lot of work into the gym to make shots like that. Mackenzie Vos and Morgan Jensen also hit some big time three pointers for us, as this group continues to buy into playing for each other and stepping up whenever their number is called. We love the depth we have on this team and are excited to get back at it tomorrow in practice.
Comments From Okoboji Coach Ryan Stumbo: