Eagles on verge of conference title
THORNBURG – With its 67 – 40 victory over Tri-County last night, the eighth-ranked in Class 2A Keota High School varsity boys’ basketball team put itself on the precipice of a South Iowa Cedar Conference championship.
The Eagles need one more win or a combination of at least one loss by three teams in the conference to clench at least a share of the title. Keota stands at 16 – 1 in conference play right now with three games, all in conference, remaining on their schedule. BGM, Lynnville-Sully and Montezuma all have three conference losses. Keota has swept BGM and Montezuma but split with Lynnville-Sully. A simple win by Keota or loss by BGM and Montezuma will eliminate BGM and Montezuma.
Because of the split with Lynnville-Sully, however, the Eagles will need two wins or a combination of a win and a Lynnville-Sully loss or two Lynnville-Sully losses to clinch the conference championship outright.
“Winning the conference championship was one of our goals going into the season, so being on the verge of it is very exciting for my kids and myself,” Keota head coach Dan Stout said.
Keota and Tri-County played it close through the first 16 minutes of play last night as the halftime score was 29 – 25 with the Eagles holding the advantage. The third and fourth quarters were when Keota asserted itself. The Eagles outscored Tri-County 38 – 15 in the second half to claim the victory.
As a team Keota shot 49 percent (29/59) from the field, 5/15 from behind the arc and 4/8 from the charity stripe. The Eagles grabbed 35 rebounds. Keota also totaled 13 assists and 11 steals.
Senior Kolton Greiner led the Eagles with 25 points. Seniors Derek Berg and Luke Lyle tied for the Keota lead with nine rebounds each. Berg also had five assists. Sophomore Paden Uphold led the Eagles with three steals.
Keota’s overall record is now 17 – 1. The Eagles will try to clinch that share of the conference title at Montezuma on Friday, Feb. 7.