Hahn fills in admirably
KEOTA — In a game that looked destined to come down to the wire, the Keota boys’ basketball team came up with key defensive stops to pull away in the second half against HLV.
Clinging to a 4-point lead late in the third quarter, the Eagles went on a 9-0 spurt to take a 48-35 lead. The run was capped by a 3-point play from senior Kolton Greiner.
From there the game would get no closer than 9 points.
Two more and-1s from Greiner late in the fourth quarter pushed the final score to 61-44.
Sophomore Isaiah Hahn gave Keota an inside scoring threat as he started in place of injured Nate Owen for the second game. Owen was the team’s second leading rebounder and third scoring threat when he tore his meniscus.
Hahn had 12 first-half points, before finishing with a career-high 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting. He was second on the team with six boards.
“Since Owen has been out, I have been working hard and trying to get in the post a little bit more and get easy baskets,” Hahn said.
Hahn has hit double figures in both of his starts.
“This is his first time playing good solid minutes,” said head coach Stout. “He is in the fire. The last two games he has really responded for us.”
After taking a 1-0 lead from senior Derek Berg’s free throw off of a turnover, Keota wouldn’t lead again until a Greiner floater at 15-14.
“Our first half was like every first half this year,” Stout said. “Defensively we didn’t play very well. It seems like it takes us a half to figure out what they are doing.”
The Warriors only scored 15 second-half points.
Keota would lead the rest of the way after the second lead change of the game.
The Warriors pulled within 2 points at the outset of the third quarter, before Keota pushed the game up to double figures.
He helped shoulder the scoring load before Greiner took over with 19 fourth-quarter points. Greiner finished with a game-high 26 points and made 7 of 8 free throws.
Senior Luke Lyle was the team’s leading scorer in the opening half with 15 points. He had 18 total points and a double-double with 15 rebounds. He led the team with three assists and two blocks.
“We spreading things out to let our guys go one-on-one,” Stout said. “More than we have in the past. It’s pretty hard to guard Luke and Kolton.”
The team went 18 of 23 from the charity stripe with 15 coming from Lyle and Greiner.
“We did a nice job tonight (from the line),” Stout said. “First game out we struggled, but it has steadily gotten better. All that is, is confidence.”
The Eagles shot 37.5 percent from the floor due largely to misfiring from long range, which it shot 1 of 13.
Sophomore Zach Mousel had two steals to lead his team.
HLV ran a new offense that Keota wasn’t used to.
Keota changed up its defense with a half-court set for the second game in a row, in place of its typical full-court press.
Keota moves to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the South Iowa Cedar League.