First-quarter surge keys win
KEOTA — The Keota girls’ basketball team rode a season-best 22 points in the first quarter to a 48-29 win over HLV Monday.
“We have been struggling to score so I was very pleased with our intensity,” said head coach Jenny Hobbs. “We moved the ball extremely well. Kids were taking good shots. They were really looking for each other.”
After Keota took a 11-point lead in the first quarter it built up a double-digit lead that it would not relent.
“Our press really disrupted them in the first half,” Hobbs said. “It got us going.”
The Eagles led 32-13 at the break. From there with the game out of reach, the teams matched each other with 16 points.
“We played some zone and we are not too used to zone, in the second half,” junior Madison Sheetz said. “We could have done that better than we did.”
Back-to-back baskets from senior Kelsi Sieren, including a corner jumper gave Keota its largest lead of the game 36-15 early in the third quarter.
Keota led by 21 twice more with baskets from junior Maggie Baker and Sheetz.
“We passed the ball pretty well,” Sheetz said. “We attacked the rim this game more than we have in the past. That helped us more too.”
Sheetz and K. Sieren had 13 points apiece to lead the team. K. Sieren shot 6 of 9 from the field. Junior Madison Sieren had 7 points.
Keota attempted just six free throws, despite an active Warriors’ defense.
“They were very aggressive, I’ll give them that,” Sheetz said.
Sheetz led the team with 12 rebounds. Junior Brooke Sieren and junior Sierra Lyle had seven rebounds, each.
M. Sieren had five assists to lead the team. K. Sieren was second on the team with four assists.
B. Sieren had five steals to lead her team and Sheetz forced four miscues.
Sheetz and Baker both had a pair of blocks.
The Warriors refused to let the lead balloon to more than 21.
“They played hard; they made some shots,” Hobbs said. “They made a couple 3s. We played a little zone and they scored against the zone. We were practicing that. I’m not a zone person.”
A large part of HLV’s success came down to a stifling spontaneous press.
“A little bit because we weren’t expecting it,” Hobbs said. “We still need to calm down. We get moving too fast sometimes. In that situation we got a little too fast.”
K. Sieren and M. Sieren are Hobbs’ two players she counts on to calm the storm.
“They are the two with the really high basketball IQ,” Hobbs said.
Hobbs said Keota (4-4, 4-3 South Iowa Cedar League), needs to finish better around the rim, especially on put backs.