Lady Eagles make history under Coach Sprouse

Paige Thompson stayed aggressive late in their game against EV on December 4, got to the foul line, and made some clutch free throws to help beat the Lady Eagles 41-36.

Ever since Jeff Sprouse took over the coaching duties at Keota, the Lady Eagles had never put together a winning streak. That ended on December 4 when the Lady Eagles held off English Valleys for a 41-36 win, their second win in a row in the early season.

Keota got their offense going early in a low scoring game, taking a narrow 6-5 lead after the conclusion of the first quarter. The offense was stalling out early on for the Lady Bears as they fell behind 13-7 midway through the second quarter. Not much offense kept things going at a slow pace but some late threes by the Lady Bears allowed them to cut into their deficit, with Keota still leading 16-15 at the half. At that point, Addison Sprouse had eight points for the Lady Eagles and Karyssa Westfall had scored five to lead EV.

Keota continued to fight back and scrap, closing the gap to as little as 36-33 halfway through the fourth. The aggressive play by Keota, along with some missed buckets by EV, kept the Lady Bears on their heels late, which resulted in some free throw attempts for the Lady Eagles. Keota took back a one point lead with about 90 seconds to go, getting a clutch bucket from Jill Schulte and a free throw to tie it, then a free throw by Sprouse on their next possession to go up.
English Valleys was unable to get to the basket in those final seconds, while a couple more free throws from Paige Thompson sealed it for Keota. English Valleys had outscored Keota 15-4 in the fourth quarter, but those four points were big for the Lady Eagles.
The Lady Eagles extended their win streak to three games with a dominating 49-32 win over Iowa Valley on December 7, and almost made it four games but came up on the short end of a 27-25 game against Waco on December 8. Keota hosted Belle Plaine on December 11 and will next play against Lynnville-Sully in a third-straight home game on December 14.

To see the full story, along with coaches comments, check out the Dec. 12 edition of the Keota Eagle.