Pioneer Basketball Sweeps The Rockets
#9 (3A) Okoboji cruised to a 75-49 win over Rock Valley on Friday night. The Pioneers started the game on a 9-0 run and never looked back; taking a 20-7 lead into the second quarter. Okoboji kept the defensive pressure up in the second frame and expanded their lead to 30-14, before ending the half on an 11-5 run to take a 41-19 lead into the break. The third quarter was much of the same, as the Pioneers built the lead to 55-25 halfway through the frame and would grow that lead to 62-30 entering the final quarter. The Rockets would win the fourth quarter 19-13 to make the final score 75-49. Kallyn Stumbo had another double-double for Okoboji with 22 points and 10 rebounds to go along with 8 assists and 4 steals; Magan Christopherson scored 20 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Carissa Doran added 10 points. The Pioneers would have five other players score at least four points. Rock Valley was led by Lexie VanKekerix’s 16 points and Madi Strube added 15 points. Okoboji improves to 14-1 overall and 11-1 in the Siouxland while Rock Valley falls to 5-10 and 5-8 in the conference.
Comments From Okoboji Coach John Adams
I have loved our energy and attention to detail this entire week. We’ve really turned things up and had a sense of urgency on the defensive end, which has helped get our offense going with some easy baskets in transition. Kallyn got us going early with 17 points in the first half, and had another all-around fantastic game; Magan hit some nice shots and also guarded and rebounded very well; Carissa had another great game, and Camry really guarded extremely well. Our bench gave us some great minutes again, and it’s so fun to see this group get more excited for a teammate to score than they do when they score themselves.
The Okoboji Pioneers hosted Rock Valley in another Siouxland Conference matchup Friday night. Both teams got out to aggressive starts early ending the first quarter 20-15 in favor of the Pioneers. Okoboji was able to open up more of a lead in the second quarter going into half with the score 41-28 in favor of the Pioneers. Rock Valley fought back hard in the second half closing the gap in the third quarter with a 49-48 Pioneer lead going into the final quarter. Both teams continued to battle all the way through with the final score ending 66-61 in favor of the Pioneers.
Comments From Okoboji Coach Ryan Stumbo