A BUCKET OF BLESSINGS
Stumbo game-winner bests Dutch in OT, eclipses 1,000-point mark for career
Rarely have two points meant so much.
With the game knotted at 47 with 1.6 seconds left in overtime, a short jumper by Okoboji's star junior Kallyn Stumbo gave the Pioneers a 49-47 road win over MOC-Floyd Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The victory avenged an earlier loss to the Dutch — one of just two Pioneer losses on the year.
The bucket also pushed Stumbo's career point total to 1,000.
It was big.
"Obviously a very big win for us in a game where we really struggled early," Okoboji coach John Adams said. "MOC-Floyd Valley came out very aggressive and we did not respond well to that. We showed some signs of life in the second quarter on the defensive end and Montana Wilson really kept us in the game with some great post moves. Our offense wasn’t great in the third quarter but we guarded with much more intensity and purpose, and were just able to keep chipping away at the lead."
"Morgan Jensen had a huge put-back for us and hit some clutch free throws, and Kallyn’s two shots at the end of the game and overtime were big time," Adams continued. "It’s pretty special to get your 1,000th point on a game-winner like that, and she would tell you that the biggest thing is we got a big road win tonight. We’re really proud of how the girls responded to some adversity with our slow start and stuck together. We got tremendous energy again from our bench and that carried over for us on the floor in the second half."
The 12th-ranked (3A) Pioneers fell behind 17-4 after one quarter of play, but slowly crawled their way back into the contest. Okoboji outscored the Dutch 13-10 in the second and 11-7 in the third to head into the fourth quarter trailing 34-28.
According to Adams, the Pioneers took their first lead of the game at 41-40 on a three-point play by Camry Jones, but MOC-Floyd Valley answered with a put-back by Jazlin DeHann to regain the lead.
Jensen hit a free throw to put the Pioneers back on top 43-42, but once again the Dutch answered, as Jadeyn Schutt nailed a three-pointer to make it a 45-42 MOC-Floyd Valley lead.
With time winding down, Stumbo knocked down a short jumper to knot the contest at 45, sending it into overtime.
Neither team mounted much offense in extras, as the two squads battled to a 47-47 tie until Stumbo's game-winner.
Stumbo finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Magan Christopherson added 11 points and four assists. Jones had nine points and eight rebounds.
With the win, the Pioneers improved to 14-2 on the season and 11-2 in the Siouxland Conference.
Okoboji returned to action Thursday at Rock Valley and Friday at home against Sibley-Ocheyedan.
The Pioneers will travel to take on Central Lyon on Friday, Feb. 1, and West Lyon on Tuesday, Feb. 5.