Eagles get homecoming win
Keota High School’s girls’ basketball team got Homecoming Friday night off to a good start with their 49 – 31 defeat of the Belle Plaine Plainsmen on Jan. 24 in a South Iowa Cedar Conference game.
The Eagles used great ball pressure to create turnovers in the first quarter and get off to an 18 – 9 lead.
“We always try to have our defense create our offense. Kelsi Sieren at the front of our press, she makes everything go. We were smart and made them make mistakes,” Keota head coach Jenny Hobbs explained.
The shots continued to fall for Keota in the second period, including a buzzer-beater 3-point shot just before the end of the half by junior Callie Greiner, and the Eagles went into halftime with a 32 – 17 lead with a thrust of momentum with the support of an energized crowd.
“Tonight we really looked to score. We were much more aggressive and confident in our shooting,” Hobbs continued.
The third quarter saw the Plainsmen tighten up their defense, holding Keota to just seven points over the eight minutes. The Eagles returned the favor, however, allowing Belle Plaine to put only three points up on the scoreboard during the third quarter. The fourth quarter began with Keota defending a 39 – 20 lead.
The Plainsmen were able to outscore the Eagles 11 – 10 in the final period of play but the work Keota did through three quarters of basketball was sufficient to still secure the victory.
As a team the Eagles shot 39 percent from the field (20/51), 4/12 from 3-point range and 5/9 from the charity stripe. Keota’s other team totals were 31 rebounds, 15 assists, 14 steals and a block.
Senior Kelsi Sieren led the Eagles with 17 points on 8/13 shooting from the field and going 1/2 from the free-throw line. Sieren’s nine rebounds and four steals also led Keota in those categories. Greiner finished 2/4 from behind the arc. Junior Brooke Sieren led the team with four assists. Junior Maggie Baker registered the Eagles’ only blocked shot.
Keota’s record now stands at 7 - 8 overall, 7 – 7 in SICC play. The Eagles are in action next on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at English Valleys.