Keota boys advance to regional semifinal
MONTEZUMA – The eighth-ranked in Class 1A Keota High School boys’ varsity basketball team won a district quarterfinal game on a neutral court over North Mahaska 64 – 45 on Friday, Feb. 21.
The Eagles got out to a 16 – 2 lead in the first quarter and never looked down until the fourth quarter as they soared to a 44 – 17 lead at the end of three quarters.
“I was very pleased with our defensive effort. It was tremendous throughout the entire game how well we contained their offense,” Keota head coach Dan Stout said.
Senior Kolton Greiner led Keota with 22 points. Senior Luke Lyle and junior Nate Owen both contributed 12 points. Lyle and Owen tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven each. Lyle also had seven assists. Owen had six steals.
Keota improves to 21 – 1 on the season. The Eagles will play at BGM against Montezuma on Tuesday, Feb. 25 for a spot in the regional final against the winner of BGM/Meskwaki.
“We’ve played them [Montezuma] twice this season, so both teams know each other. They like to play a 2-3 zone, so we’ve been practicing offensive sets against that. If we avoid turnovers and play our game we should be in good shape. I think our average of 60 points should be good enough to win,” Stout added.