Okoboji Hosts Rock Valley

Wed 12-5-2018

Girls Game

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. 



Boys Game

Okoboji hosted Rock Valley Tuesday night in another Siouxland Conference matchup. The first quarter ended with a score of 13-9 in favor of the Pioneers. Both teams battled throughout the first half with the score ending in a Pioneer lead 32-27. The Pioneers and Rockets continued to battle going into the third quarter with the score ending 49-42 Pioneer lead. Both teams pushed through the fourth quarter to end the game 65-62 in favor of the Rockets. The Pioneers were led by freshmen Lucas Lorenzen's 19 points. Cris Halbur contributed 16 while Jamison Helmers and Kyle Martin contributed 11 and 10, respectively. The Rockets were led by Brayton Van Kekerix and Jaxson Rus, who both scored 16 points on the night.


Comments From Okoboji Coach Ryan Stumbo:

The boys fought hard this game to battle and showed some good components out on the floor tonight. We felt like our guys worked really hard tonight and controlled almost the entire game. Rock Valley attacked well late in the game to force some turnovers, and we allowed some of their drivers to get too deep defensively that allowed them some good looks around the hoop late. We know what we need to do as a team to get the job done, and we have all the confidence in our guys to do it. Games like this right now this early in the year will make us better as our season rolls along and we continue to learn. We are very close and capable, and this is a group that will use these types of games to forge themselves even closer as a unit. We are looking forward to more opportunities to continue to compete hard.