Keota wins second game in as many days
KEOTA — On Monday night, Keota snapped a three-game losing streak with a 60-26 blowout win at HLV. And on Tuesday night the Eagles got their second win in as many nights, defeating South Iowa Cedar League rival Sigourney 37-20.
“It’s pretty neat,” Keota head coach Jenny Hobbs said. “We’ve played pretty much the top tier of the conference early, so we’ve been battle tested, I feel, more than other teams.”
The Eagles (3-4, 3-4 SICL) showed that on Tuesday night as they used a strong defensive effort to defeat the Savages. Keota’s in-your-face man-to-man defense forced 24 Sigourney turnovers and held the Savages to 9-for-39 shooting.
“I was extremely happy with our defense,” Hobbs said. “We didn’t allow anybody to get into the lane. For the most part, I thought our half-court defense was absolutely outstanding.”
Sigourney (2-6, 2-6 SICL) missed its first six shots from the field and turned the ball over five times to open Tuesday’s game, and the Eagles jumped out to a 7-0 lead after six minutes of play. Sigourney junior Becca Ohland finally got a steal and a layup, and junior Sydney Davis added a 3-pointer seconds later, but Keota led 10-5 after one quarter of play.
But Keota limited Sigourney to just two points in the second quarter. The Savages made just three of their 18 shots in the first half.
“We have those cold shooting nights, unfortunately, way too much,” Sigourney head coach Andy Harter said.
Sigourney also turned the ball over 13 times in the game’s first 16 minutes.
“We turned the ball over way too much,” Harter said. “We were struggling offensively to begin with, and then when we turn the ball over, it’s not going to be good for us.”
Keota senior Logan Woltering stole an inbound pass and laid it in at the buzzer to give the Eagles a 20-7 halftime lead. Keota sophomore Madison Sheetz scored 11 of her 15 points in the first half to get the Eagles off to a hot start.
“The last two or three games she’s really decided to turn it on,” Hobbs said of Sheetz, who had scored a career-high 19 points the night before at HLV.
While Sheetz powered Keota in the first half, junior Kelsi Sieren sparked the Eagles offensively in the second half. Sieren, who scored eight of her 15 points after halftime, scored three straight baskets for the Eagles at the end of the third quarter to push Keota’s lead to 30-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
“Kelsi’s been in kind of a funk offensively lately, so it was good to see her break out and be aggressive,” Hobbs said. “Kelsi’s known in the conference for offensive rebounding. She just dives in there. She did a nice job of finishing her offensive rebounds tonight. She got under the basket, got set, pump faked, gathered herself, found the backboard and put it in.”
Sieren also had 10 rebounds for her second double-double in as many nights.
Ohland scored eight points to lead the Savages, who lost their third straight.
“Hopefully we learn from this one and get better next time,” Harter said.