Lady Eagles snap loss streak to start 2019

It’d been almost one month since the Lady Eagles added to the win column, having beat Iowa Valley on December 7 as part of a three-game win streak. They followed that up with a close loss to Waco and that loss streak continued another five games before they snapped it January 4 by beating Colfax-Mingo on the road 47-36.

Keota hung around for most of the quarter but did trail 14-10 after the first eight minutes of play. Their defense slowly took over as the game went on and their offense responded by putting up 15 points in the second quarter to hold a 25-24 lead going into the half.

A closely contested third quarter (9-7 Keota) led to an exciting finish in which the Lady Eagles were able to get to the charity stripe and convert. Keota finished out the game by outscoring Colfax-Mingo 13-5 in the fourth to win it 47-36. A big part of their success came from their ability to get fouled and make their free throws.

Head coach Jeff Sprouse has said before that for his team to be given a chance to win, they must get to the free throw line at least 15-20 times per game, that’s their strength. Against Colfax-Mingo they drew 27 fouls, shot 33 free throws and made 20 of them compared to the Tigerhawks attempting nine and making four. Addison Sprouse led the team with 20 points, over half of which came from free throws.

The Lady Eagles hosted Louisa-Muscatine the following day and then hosted HLV on January 8 in a light week before they travel to face Melcher-Dallas on January 14.