Lady Eagles race out to Homecoming win

Addison Sprouse helped the Lady Eagles beat Albia to pick up a 49-26 Homecoming win on February 1. Sprouse finished the night with 18 points.

The Keota girls’ basketball team picked up a rare Homecoming win on February 1 when they hosted the Lady Dees from Albia. Keota started out slow but then got some consistent rhythm flowing en route to their 49-26 rout of the Lady Dees.

Keota was cold in the opening quarter, missing a few threes and became more hesitant to take many more. Addison Sprouse brought some life with a couple opportunities by driving to the hoop and winding up at the free throw line. While Keota would only go on to score nine in the quarter, the Lady Dees didn’t fare any better, being held to just two baskets and a free throw amounting to six points.

The shots started to fall for Keota early in the second quarter, putting up 10 quick points and taking full control of the momentum. The quick run put more pressure on the Lady Dees and their offense continued to struggle, being held scoreless in the quarter. Keota cooled down a bit but was able to create more opportunities in the paint and get some more contributors on the stat sheet. When it was all said and done, Keota went into the half with a 27-7 lead.

More threes fell, with the confidence rising throughout Keota’s team with each made basket. Albia implemented a full-court press midway through the third quarter after getting a some more looks on offense, with the press creating some initial problems for the Lady Eagles including one possession that was cut short by not making it across half-court in the allotted time. Keota increased their lead 41-12 after the third to all but seal the win.

Keota hoped to continue their recent two-game win streak when they hosted English Valleys on February 7 for the first round of Regional play.

Pick up this week’s Keota Eagle to read the full recap, including coach Jeff Sprouse's comments.