Lady Savages beat Keota with defense, post play

Makenna Hammes picked up her play and was a constant force in the paint when given the opportunity against Keota on January 15. Hammes scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds and assisted on two buckets in the 40-26 win.

With both teams enjoying win streaks (Keota winning three of their last five and Sigourney winning four of their last five) the matchup between the Lady Eagles and Lady Savages on Jan. 15 was anticipated to be close. The two teams had met up in week two in which Sigourney won by seven. The Lady Savages kept Keota off the scoreboard in the third quarter in their 40-26 win in their most recent matchup.

The Lady Eagles were ahead early in the first quarter, sticking to their successful strategy of getting to the free throw line early. Sigourney responded by working the ball down low into their more physical post players, which allowed the visitors to take a 9-6 lead after the conclusion of the first quarter. Sigourney extended the Lady Eagles defense in the second quarter with a couple made threes, which allowed more scoring opportunities down low. Keota stuck with them and limited the damage by making more free throws and finding the most open shooter with good ball movement. Keota trailed at half 23-17 but were very much alive with hopes of extending their win streak knocking off a tough Lady Savages squad.

The third quarter was one to forget, at least in terms of offense, for both teams having combined for a total of seven points. The Lady Eagles were shut out in the third with Sigourney switching up their defense and contesting what little opportunities they had in the quarter. The three ball helped early in the fourth and resulted in Sigourney putting even more pressure on defense, implementing their stingy full-court press. Just when it seemed like Keota was about to change the momentum, Sigourney would get down the court and milk some time, either bagging a three or scoring down low to end their possession. The closest quarter of the night, Keota was still outscored 10-9 and went on to take a hard-fought 40-26 loss.

Read the full recap, including coach's comments, in this week's edition of the News-Review.