PELLA — Two teams looking to get back on track met on Eagle Lane on Tuesday night. Oskaloosa came in as losers in three of their last four games while Pella Christian was trying to snap a seven-game losing streak. It was looking like it might come down to the wire late but the Indians would pull away late to win it 45-28.
The road team from Oskaloosa got off to a great start on both ends of the floor. Defensively they were engaged and playing tough man-to-man defense, forcing Pella Christian to beat them off the dribble. Offensively, they were moving the ball well and were able to find their open shooters for threes.
Presley Blommers knocked down a pair from deep while Addi Carter found her spot on the left free throw line extended for three triples in the opening quarter to put Osky in front 19-6.
The Eagles made some adjustments in the second and were able to disrupt the flow of the Indian offense while also converting on the other end with a Jenna Van Maanen three and a pair of Joslyn Terpstra layups sparking a 7-2 PC run.
That run would expand 11-4 in the quarter as the Eagles cut the deficit to 23-17 at the half.
The Oskaloosa offense continued to sputter as a short jumper from PC’s Claire Vander Molen and a coast-to-coast layup from Terpstra forced a pair of quick timeouts for the Indians in the third as they saw their lead cut to two.
The Indians finished the quarter strong by holding PC off the board for the final five minutes on a 5-0 run to push their lead back to seven entering the fourth.
Another Van Maanen three started off the fourth quarter but it was all Osky after that as they were able to get stops and scores in a 17-4 run to finish off the game.
Nine of Oskaloosa’s 15 made field goals came from beyond the arc as they shot 9-of-24 (37.5%) from range. Carter accounted for five of those threes as part of a 15 point, two rebound effort from the senior guard. Blommers finished with a game-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and one steal.
Terpstra led Pella Christian with 14 points while Van Maanen added eight points off the bench.
Pella Christian (2-10, 0-6 LHC) will host No. 9 (4A) Pella (7-4, 3-3 LHC) on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. while Oskaloosa (7-4, 2-4 LHC) will return home to play No. 6 (4A) Grinnell (9-1, 5-1 LHC) on Friday at 6:15 p.m.