KEOTA — It was a game that wasn’t official, counted as a junior varsity contest, but rewarding to both schools.
Centerville won a JV game Friday 41-33 over the Eagles in the first night of a scheduled two-day tournament.
The original lineup had the girls teams from Highland, Lone Tree, Iowa Valley and Keota playing, but Highland had to withdraw and Centerville was added. Iowa Valley and Centerville played the first game Friday then Lone Tree was to play the hosts but before the Lions got off the bus, they received a phone call.
“It is just a weird year,” Keota athletic director Rod Hill said.
A Lone Tree player had tested positive for COVID-19.
Centerville stayed and played Keota.
“Overall I was happy with our effort,” Keota head coach Jeff Sprouse said. “We got contributions from all eight girls. We really did some good things for being so early in the season.”
Taylor Kindred had 10 rebounds to go with her 12 points on 3-of-7 shooting from the field. Keota teammate Madison Scott grabbed nine rebounds and scored four points. Bailey Sieren produced three steals, three rebounds, two assists and eight points. Taylor Garman had three points and Macie McDonald had four points, all on free throws. Sky Weber added two points.
“We really looked to score on each possession, which last year we struggled with,” Sprouse said. “We did turn the ball over on quite a few unforced errors, which are totally correctable. We also missed six to seven point-blank shots at the rim, which really hurt.
It will be good to have a few days to go back and correct things and get ready to go next week.”
Keota plays at English Valleys Dec. 1.