The Keota Eagles took a tough loss to West Lyon in the semifinals of the state tournament, falling 61-40.
The Eagles couldn’t match the size and shooting of the Wildcats, who hit over 50 percent of their shots in the game.
In the first half, Keota only saw points go up from Nate Owen, and Luke Lyle, as the defense from West Lyon shadowed Keota’s every move. Keota was down 34-20 at half.
In the second half, Keota only got points from Kolton Greiner in the third, and the team scored just six points, while West Lyon put the game out of reach with 21 in the third quarter, to go up 55-26 after three.
The Wildcats put their reserves in early in the fourth, and Keota followed suit.
Keota head coach Dan Stout said what you see on paper and video with West Lyon is exactly what you get.
“When you look back on it, I guess they were as good as advertised. They have a lot of publicity coming in as the eight seed, and they should probably be a little higher than that, but they did a lot of good things; they got the inside game going right off the bat, and then when we doubled down, they got the outside game going, and they shot 50 percent from the three-point line. They had a couple of guys open on a couple of them, but other than that we had hands in the face a lot of the times and they just knocked them down, and their defense was really good too, they shut our guys down for the most part,” Stout said.
Keota was led by Owen with 12 points, Greiner had nine and Lyle had eight.
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