It is opening day of the 2020-21 Iowa High School Girls Basketball Season and two area teams battle on the hardwood tonight when Keota hosts Lone Tree in a four-team tournament.
Lone Tree capped off last winter with a 13-11 record and return three of their top four leading scorers. Madeline Jacque is back for her senior campaign after averaging 10.9 points a contest that was second on the team. Kasey Chown and Josie Mullinnix expect to clean up the boards after averaging 8 and 6.3 rebounds, respectively. The Lions were third in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division in scoring with 49 points a night.
Keota lost just one player from a 2-18 campaign last season. Bailey Sieren and Sky Weber are the two seniors on the squad and were the top two scorers last year with 5.6 and 5.1 points, respectively. Junior Taylor Kindred will try to build off of 6.9 rebounds a night. Lone Tree has had the upper hand in four of the last five meetings dating back to 2015.
The area clash begins at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Keota. Centerville faces off with Iowa Valley at 6 p.m. with the winners and losers of each game battling tomorrow at the same time.