PELLA — When Pella and Pella Christian get together in any athletic competition, intense action is guaranteed and season records mean little. Such was the case Thursday night when the Eagles visited the Lady Dutch complex. The Pella record indicated that the Lady Dutch should be favored, but the Eagles paid little attention to that and battled the Dutch point for point for three and one half quarters.
A three-point basket by Karlie Anderson and one of two free throws by Allison Van Gorp gave the Eagles a 37-35 lead with 5:40 left in the game. But Pella would outscore PC 9-3 in the final minutes to post a 44-40 Little Hawkeye Conference win.
Anna Vander Waal got the run going with a conventional three-point play on the inside and Faith Diers buried a three for a 41-37 Pella lead. PC’s Emri Agre drained three consecutive free throws to pull the Eagles to within one at 41-40, but PC was unable to score again. A free throw by Naig and a pair of free throws by Vander Waal put the seal on a hard fought Pella win.
The first quarter was a grind at best and the highlight was the first PC basket. Van Grop drove across the lane and hooked one in for her 1,000th point of her PC career. Pella would take a 7-6 quarter lead on a basket in the lane by Jasmine Namminga.
The Eagles were able to control the tempo in the second period as well and a steal and a layup by Anna Bonnett gave PC a 17-17 tie at intermission. Diers accounted for eight of the Pella points with a pair of triples and a base line jumper.
Pella Christian opened the third stanza with a pair of three balls by Joslyn Terpstra for a 23-17 lead. But Pella didn’t flinch as Reagan Van Wyk drove the base line for two, Vander Waal swiped the ball and coasted in for a layup and Naig pitched in a three from the corner for a 24-23 Pella lead.
The Eagles struck again with an 8-2 run to take a 31-26 lead. A trey by Anderson, a rebound put back by Van Gorp, a steal and a layup by Bonnett and a free throw by Terpstra accounted for the PC scoring. But Pella had an answer as Van Wyk drove the base line for two and then she canned a buzzer-beating three to tie the game at 31- 31.
The table was set for a tension filled final eight minutes and it was the Lady Dutch that used PC errors and turnovers in the final five minutes to pull away for the win.
Diers notched 11 points and Naig was also in double digits with 10 points to lead the Dutch. Vander Waal checked in with five assists and four steals and Namminga led her team on the glass with seven rebounds. Terpstra was the lone Eagle in doubles with 12 points.
With the win the Pella girls move to 11-10 for the season and 7-7 in Little Hawkeye Conference play. The Eagles drop to 8-13 and they are 3-11 in the LHC. Pella Christian will host Pekin in regional tourney action on Tuesday night and the Lady Dutch will travel to Winterset on Wednesday to tangle with the Huskies.
Pella Christian 6 11 14 9 - 40
Pella 7 10 14 13 - 44
Pella Christian scoring (FG FTM-FTA Pts) – Anna Bonnett 3 0-0 6, Avery Baugh 1 0-0 3, Emri Agre 1 3-3 5, Joslyn Terpstra 4 2-3 12, Karlie Anderson 2 0-0 4, Claire Vander Molen 1 0-0 3, Allison Van Gorp 2 1-2 5. Team 14 6-8 40. Three point goals (6) – Terpstra 2, Anderson 2, Vander Molen 1, Baugh 1.
*Pella Christian stats were not available at press time.
Pella scoring (FG FTM-FTA Pts) – Reagan Van Wyk 3 2-3 9, Faith Diers 4 0-1 11, Anna Vander Waal 2 3-5 7, Jasmine Namminga 2 0-0 4, Madison Naig 4 1-2 3, Annika Peterson 1 1-2 3. Team 16 7-13 44. Three point goals (5) – Diers 3, Van Wyk 1, Naig 1.
Pella rebounds (21) – Namminga 7, Van Wyk 4, Diers 3, Vander Waal 3, Naig 2, Kylie Tauke 1, Mia Warner 1.
Pella steals (7) – Vander Waal 4, Diers 2, Naig 1.
Pella assists (13) – Vander Waal 5, Diers 2, Tauke 2, Peterson 2, Namminga 1, Naig 1.