Keota edges out Tigerhawks on road

It wasn’t pretty at times, but a win is a win no matter how you get it. The game between the Keota Eagles and Colfax-Mingo Tigerhawks on January 4 came down to the final minutes but the Eagles were able to hold on in a 62-60 battle.

Keota caught the Tigerhawks on one of their better nights and had to keep up with them early on, finding themselves down 16-15 after one quarter of play. The Eagles responded by putting up 18 more points in the first half, while holding Colfax-Mingo to another 16 points, flipping themselves ahead by one point.

For as much scoring as there was in the first half, the third quarter was an anomaly for both teams on the night. Keota barely got into double figures by posting 10 points and the Tigerhawks didn’t do much better, scoring 13 in the third.

“When we played man to man defense in the second half it helped our team get more rebounds and get out and run,” Keota coach Dan Stout said. “We were able to turn them over and get some easy layups.”

Keota saved their best for last by scoring 19 points in the fourth, still having to stave off the Tigerhawks down the stretch. Some key defensive plays swung the game back to Keota and they hung on to get a gritty 62-60 win.

“We were able to get a couple stops at the end and get the ball down the court to seal the win,” coach Stout said.

JD Stout paved the way with another 28 points, shooting 50 percent from the field, grabbed five rebounds and assisted on one other bucket. Carson Sprouse found his way into double figures with 10 points and had six steals, six assists and two boards. The other starters (Luke Hammen, Austin Waterhouse, Preston McDonald and Brady Duwa) combined for 19 points on 8-16 shooting from the field.

The Eagles extended their most recent winning streak to two games, having beat North Mahaska 63-47 to close out 2018. In that game, JD surpassed the 1,000-point mark by pouring in 32 points. He continues to be one of the top scorers in the state, averaging nearly 28 points per game.

“It’s a great accomplishment for any player to hit 1,000 points in their career. For JD to do it as a junior shows the great support he has from all the guys he’s played with over the years, helping get him open and get him the ball in scoring position,” coach Stout said. “Right now, he feels he can score when needed but he also doesn’t force many shots. His teammates are always trying to get him the ball and that is awesome to see.”

The Eagles hosted HLV on January 8 and will wrap up their week by hosting Washington on January 10.


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