Keota notches win No. 12
Keota High School’s tenth-ranked (Class 1A) boys’ basketball team capped off Homecoming Night with a 65 – 40 South Iowa Cedar Conference victory over the Belle Plaine Plainsmen on Friday, Jan. 24.
The Eagles started off the first quarter playing a tight full-court press but the Plainsmen were able to push their own pace and find driving lanes on their offensive half court.
“That’s kind of the way we like to play. If they beat our press we want them to get a quick shot, get the rebound and go back the other way. We feel like our speed is going to be able to beat them out eventually,” Keota head coach Dan Stout explained. The first quarter ended with Keota holding onto a 17 – 14 lead. The Eagles tightened up their defense in the second quarter, limiting Belle Plaine to just four points.
“When their point guard went out we really turned up the pressure and we were able to turn an eight-point game into a 15-point game. I thought that was the difference in the ball game,” Stout commented. Keota took a 33 – 18 lead into the locker room.
The Plainsmen made some offensive adjustments for the third quarter and were able to put up 13 but the Eagles had an answer every time and took a 48 – 31 lead into the fourth quarter.
“As long as we can shoot the ball we’re going to be all right. We shot the ball very well tonight. Nate Owen went down inside and played tough. We need that inside presence to balance our offense,” Stout continued. Over the final eight minutes of play Keota would increase its lead and both squads would empty their benches.
As a team the Eagles shot 40 percent (23/58) from the field, 3/13 from downtown and 16/18 from the charity stripe. They outrebounded Belle Plaine 34 – 24, including grabbing 15 offensive boards. Other team totals were 13 assists and 22 steals.
Senior Luke Lyle led the Eagles with 23 points on 6/12 shooting from the field, going 3/4 from 3-point range and 8/9 from the free-throw line. Lyle also led the team with 10 steals, tied for the team lead in rebounds with 10, tied for the team lead in assists with four and recorded the blocked shot. Junior Nate Owen also grabbed 10 rebounds. Senior Kolton Greiner also had four assists.
Keota is now 12 – 1 overall, 11 – 1 in SISC play. The Eagles play again on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at English Valleys.