Pioneer Basketball Hosts Sioux Center Warriors
Okoboji fell to Sioux Center in their season finale in Milford on Tuesday night 42-29. The Pioneers held a 2-1 lead midway through the first quarter before Jacie Vander Wall hit three straight three-pointers to put the Warriors up 10-2; they would push that 14-5 at the end of the first quarter. Okoboji dug in on the defensive end and held Sioux Center to 9 points in the second quarter but unfortunately the Pioneers could not cut into the lead, scoring 7 points as they trailed 23-12 at the half. The third quarter was a defensive battle as Okoboji held Sioux Center to just 6 points and the Pioneers were able to trim the lead to 29-20 entering the final quarter. Okoboji would get within 7 points several times in the final quarter but couldn’t get the shots to fall to get closer and the Warriors pulled away late at the free throw line. Ella Stoll led Okoboji with 8 points and 8 rebounds while Montana Wilson chipped in with 7 points and 8 rebounds; Olivia Lorenzen led Okoboji with 4 assists. Jacie Vander Wall led Sioux Center with 14 points, including four three-pointers. Okoboji finishes the regular season 2-19 while Sioux Center finishes their regular season at 13-8. Okoboji will head to 3A sixth ranked West Lyon on Saturday to open Regional play.
Comments From Head Coach John Adams:
“I am so proud of this group and how hard they played not only tonight but all season. While we may not have won a lot on the scoreboard this season, I told the girls in the locker room that they are winning at what is most important, life. We have been blessed with an amazing group of young women on all there of our levels who have given this program everything they can all season long and have continued to serve others. We’re excited to have another opportunity to practice this week and go play a great West Lyon team on Saturday.”
The Pioneers hosted Sioux Center Tuesday night. Both teams got out to a hot start in the first quarter with a 21-19 Okoboji lead going into the second. The offense continued with a 46-39 Okoboji lead going into half. The game remained close with a 62-58 Okoboji lead going into the fourth. The Pioneers were able to withhold Sioux Center's push to win the game 90-78. Will Jensen led the Pioneers with 31 points. Lucas Lorenzen also had 30 points on the night. Aidan Dahms added 11. The Warriors were led by Eli Hibma with 26 points. Okoboji is now 8-12 and will finish the regular season Friday at Sheldon.
Comments From Head Coach Ryan Stumbo:
We were really proud of how the boys competed tonight to get us back in the win column after a lot of tough tests. We did a much better job tonight offensively with our pace, spacing and putting pressure on the defense. Will Jensen and Lucas Lorenzen were major difference makers tonight and did a lot of good for us out on the floor. We will work to build on the positives of tonight going into the tournament.