No. 2 (3A) Pella 54, Grinnell 39
GRINNELL — When it came down to it, Pella relied on their defense to close out the win as the Dutch escaped a potential upset in Grinnell on Thursday.
The Dutch were looking for their 14th straight win against the Tigers dating back to 2015. Pella built up a pretty good first half lead as they went up 31-17 at the break.
Grinnell would come out firing in the third quarter and get themselves back into the game with Pella’s lead shrinking to 43-37 entering the fourth quarter.
Pella would then rely on their defense to prevent the upset as they held the Tigers to just two fourth quarter points.
It was a balanced scoring night for the Dutch with eight players scoring at least three points and no more than 14. Noah Allen led the scoring with 14 points and a pair of assists. Grant Nelson finished just short of a double-double with eight points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Karl Miller also had eight points while Ryan Mace chipped in seven points and four rebounds.
No. 2 (3A) Pella (12-1, 8-0 LHC) hosts Newton (5-6, 3-5 LHC) on Friday at 7:45 p.m.
Grinnell 60, Oskaloosa 41
GRINNELL — For Grinnell, it’s their 14th straight win against the Indians dating back 2014.
Osky falls to 1-7 in conference play as they try to snap out of a stretch of five losses in their last six games.
Oskaloosa (6-9, 1-7 LHC) returns home to take on Norwalk (8-6, 5-2 LHC) on Friday at 6:15 p.m.
*Stats were not available at time of print
Knoxville 49, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 42
EDDYVILLE — The Panthers trailed entering the fourth quarter but a combination of good defense and clutch offense pushed them past EBF on Thursday.
Knoxville led 13-8 after the first quarter but would lose the second and third quarter to enter the fourth trailing 36-34. The Panthers would outscore the Rockets 15-6 in the final stanza to come away with the win.
It was a tough shooting night for Knoxville as they were held to 31% shooting including just 3-of-16 from three with 19 turnovers. The good news was they were a solid 10-of-15 from the free throw line, they forced 21 Rocket turnovers and dominated the offensive glass for 20 offensive rebounds.
Maggie Wilkins finished with 27 points along with five rebounds, two assists and seven steals. Marley McKay grabbed 12 rebounds while Ashlyn Finarty and Brittany Bacorn both chipped in six points.
Knoxville (10-3, 7-1 SCC) gets a huge showdown on Friday at 6:30 p.m. as they try to grab a share of the conference lead when they travel to Centerville (13-0, 8-0 SCC).
Keokuk 45, Oskaloosa 34
Oskaloosa 60, Washington 18
Williamsburg 46, Oskaloosa 27
WASHINGTON — The Indians made the trip to Washington for a trio of duals on Thursday, coming away with a 1-2 record with losses to Keokuk and Williamsburg and a win over Washington.
Oskaloosa led Keokuk 28-24 with five matches to go at the heavier weights but the Chiefs won four of the last five matches to win the dual, 45-34.
There were only five matches between Osky and Washington due to forfeits as the Indians won two of those matches on their way to a convincing 60-18 win.
Oskaloosa then wrapped up the night against Williamsburg. Similar to the Keokuk dual, Osky showed well early to go ahead 21-16 with six matches left. Williamsburg would go on to win five of the final six matches to take the dual 46-27.
Phillip Abrahamson, Leland Evans and Lucas Phillips all went 3-0 on the night for Osky.
Abrahamson wrestled up at 138 for his first match of the night where he would earn a 9-0 major decision over Keokuk’s Xavier Johnson. He would then go back down to 132 to earn a forfeit and a first period fall against Williamsburg’s Ayden Stratton.
Evans had a fairly light night at 145 pounds with two wins coming by forfeit before winning a tough 8-4 decision against Williamsburg’s Kam Royster.
Phillips had a busy night for the Indians starting with a first period pin against Keokuk’s Ethan Rose. He would follow that with a third period fall over Washington’s Chase Greiner before getting a 7-5 win in sudden victory over Williamsburg’s Alexander Marovets.
Oskaloosa will now head to Newton for the Little Hawkeye Conference Tournament on Saturday at 9 a.m.
Grinnell 35, Pella 30
GRINNELL — A big push from Grinnell’s heavier weights pushed the Tigers past the Dutch on Thursday night.
Pella got off to a good start by gaining a 30-13 lead with five matches remaining. The Dutch would lose the next two matches by 6-5 and 9-4 decisions before a pair of Grinnell falls at 195 and 220 put Pella behind 31-30. The Dutch would need a big upset from Kody Huisman at heavyweight against No. 3 (2A) Kamrin Steveson but the latter would roll to a 11-0 major to clinch the dual for Grinnell.
Damion Clark (113), T.R. Putz (132) and Peyton Ritzert (138) all picked up pins for Pella while Jackson Van Kley (145) earned a 6-3 decision and Ryan Van Donselaar (160) won a 7-5 decision.
Pella heads to Newton on Saturday at 9 a.m. for the Little Hawkeye Conference Tournament.