Okoboji survives conference clash with Rock Valley
A week after suffering its first loss of 2018, the Okoboji girls basketball team squeaked out a one-point home victory over Rock Valley on Friday.
The Pioneers won 57-56.
“We knew this would be a dogfight all night, and you really have to give Rock Valley credit for their rally in the fourth quarter," Okoboji coach John Adams said. "They hurried us up on offense and were able to force some turnovers and then they hit some big shots. (Rock Valley coach) Jordan (TeGrootenhuis) does a very good job coaching his team and we knew they would not go away. We played really well in the third and start of the fourth quarter and we will build on that. Give our girls credit for finding a way to win. Like I told them in the locker room, we’ll learn from this game and it’s great to learn and still win.”
According to Adams, the Pioneers struggled to get anything going in the first quarter, and Rock Valley took advantage. The Rockets took a 10-8 lead into the second frame.
Okoboji chipped a point off of the Rockets' lead in the second quarter, as Rock Valley led 24-23 at the half.
Exiting the locker room, the Pioneers cranked up the defensive pressure in the third quarter and attacked the paint relentlessly, outscoring the Rockets 22-7 to take a 45-31 lead into the final frame.
The Pioneers maintained their lead for the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, but Rock Valley went on a 22-6 run to regain the lead at 55-53.
With the game knotted at 56-56, Magan Christopherson knocked down one of two free throws to give the Pioneers the lead.
The Rockets had a trio of opportunities down the stretch, the but Pioneers survived for the win.
Christopherson led the way with 15 points and three assists. Camry Jones had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kallyn Stumbo had 12 points and six assists.
The Rockets were led by Taylor Richter's 14 points.
With the win, the Pioneers improved to 10-7 overall and 8-7 in the Siouxland Conference.
They returned to action Tuesday at home against MOC-Floyd Valley.
The Pioneers will next be in action Friday, Feb. 2 on the road against Sibley-Ocheyedan and will wrap the regular season Tuesday, Feb. 6 on the road against George-Little Rock.