Keota boys and girls claim wins
Keota’s boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams each won their last games, both South Iowa Cedar Conference affairs. The boys prevailed at BGM on Saturday, Feb. 1 53 – 34 and the girls won their game on Friday, Jan. 31 at Sigourney 43 – 38.
The eighth-ranked in class 1A Eagle boys’ team took a 25 – 18 halftime lead and turned up the defensive intensity even more, limiting BGM to just 16 second-half points.
As a team the boys shot 38 percent (18/48) from the field, 4/14 from 3-point range and 13/17 from the free-throw line. The Eagles outrebounded BGM 35 – 28. Keota stole the ball 12 times, made nine assists and blocked two shots.
Junior Nate Owen led the Eagles with three assists. Seniors Derek Berg and Luke Lyle tied for the team lead with four steals each. Lyle accounted for both of the blocks.
The Keota girls played a much closer affair at Sigourney but were able to get just enough of an edge to claim the victory. The Eagles protected a 17 – 15 halftime lead by outscoring Sigourney 15 – 12 in the third quarter and matching Sigourney basket-for-basket in the fourth.
As a team the Eagle girls shot 27 percent (13/48) from the field, 3/15 from 3-point range and 14/27 from the free-throw line. Keota outrebounded Sigourney 38 – 23. The Eagles stole the ball 13 times, blocked a shot and made four assists.
Senior Kelsi Sieren led Keota with two assists. Junior Madison Sieren had eight steals to lead the Eagles. Junior Madison Sheetz was responsible for the blocked shot.
The Eagle boys are now 16 – 1 overall, 15 – 1 in conference games. The girls are 9 – 9 overall, 9 – 8 in conference games. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams are scheduled to play at Montezuma on Friday, Feb. 7.