Keota Struggles, Drops Semifinal Rout to West Lyon

By Jeremiah Davis, Reporter

DES MOINES – With a little more than four minutes remaining in the Class 1A semifinal between Keota and West Lyon, Keota Coach Dan Stout sat back in his chair and gave an exasperated laugh.

His Eagles had just fallen behind the Wildcats by 32, 60-28, on a jumper in the lane from forward BJ Van Roekel, and would go on to fall, 61-40.

"It was just one of those things, nothing was going our way," Stout said. "We just couldn't get anything to go. It was just one of those deals where rather than (getting mad, you laugh)."

West Lyon, which entered the tournament as the No. 8 seed based on the Iowa High School Athletic Association seeding process which gives seeds based on total regular season wins alone, shot 63.6 percent from the field in the first half, and was better than 65 percent from the field well into the third quarter.

Stout said when your opponent can't seem to miss, it doesn't really matter what you do – even if your players are giving maximum effort.

"I thought their team came out and hit some shots early, got us down right off the bat and we just never really recovered from that," Stout said. "We were trying, we were getting up and down and doing the things we tried to do. They just had too many guys to score.

"They did a nice job taking it inside, then when they kicked it back out, they knocked down the open jump shot. There wasn't a whole lot we could do."

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