KEOTA — It is hard to know what a team did well when it has a running clock against its opponent in the third quarter.
Keota recorded a South Iowa Cedar League victory Friday over Tri-County 71-32.
The Eagles led 22-4 after the first quarter, 38-16 at the half and 60-23 after the third.
“I was glad to see us shoot the ball well after that (58-47) loss at Sigourney,” Keota coach Dan Stout said.
The Eagles did face some adversity when the area’s leading returning scorer, JD Stout, picked up his fourth foul in the third quarter.
“He was upset about it and two of them were charges that were suspect calls, but I told him you have to live with what they call,” Coach Stout said.
Stout still scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and doled out five assists.
“He loves to faciltate and see his buddies get some points,” the coach said.
Carson Sprouse, who is not a starter, scored 12 points on 4 of 4 from behind the arc.
“He is on fire,” Coach Stout said. “I think he has hit 10 staright from the 3-point line.”
It is good that none of the visiting team faced any foul trouble because they had just six players suited up.
“It is tough to play against that but you just have to tell the kids to keep working hard,” Coach Stout said. “Defensively is what we want to work on and try to stop people. that is why we came out in the press at the beginning of the second half. We have to work on that every night.”
Luke Hammen scored 15 points for the Eagles off the bench on 3 of 6 3-pointers. He also coralled seven rebounds.
“It was nice to see some of the younger guys get some time because we are going to need that this year,” Coach Stout said.
Brady Duwa grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench and scored five points.
The Eagles play Tuesday at English Valleys.