Joslyn Terpstra

Joslyn Terpstra (13) defends the ball in a game last season. Terpstra had 28 points to lead Pella Christian on Tuesday.

PELLA — The Montezuma Bravettes brought their shooting irons to town Tuesday night and they scorched the nets for 12 three point baskets on their way to a 60-50 win over the Pella Christian Eagles. Monte put nine treys on the board in the first half to build a commanding 41-22 lead at intermission and then held off a late charge by the Eagles in posting the win.

The Bravettes employed and aggressive, in your face defense, and Pella Christian did a pretty good job of handling the pressure. But the Eagles just could not match the long distance Montezuma attack.

“We knew they were a pressure defense team,” Eagle Assistant Coach Kevin Van Maanen said. “We have been working hard on our press breaker. I thought we did a good job with it tonight. We still have some things to add, but I feel we can execute against pressure.”

To start the game Montezuma’s Mia Boulton sandwiched a pair of three balls around an inside three point play by the Eagles Joslyn Terpstra for a 6-3 Monte lead. PC responded with a bucket by Anna Eveland and a breakaway basket and a free throw by Terpstra to take an 8-6, advantage midway through the first period. But Montezuma continued to snipe away from beyond the arc and finished the quarter with a 19-15 lead.

It was in the second stanza that the Bravettes made their move. With their big, Shanae Wetering, getting loose on the inside and Boulton, Ellen Cook and Madison Johannes raining in threes, Montezuma was in total control at halftime.

“We had some defensive issues in the second quarter,” Van Maanen said. “We were often out of position and missed assignments. We got a handle on that at halftime and played much better defense in the second half.”

The Eagles used a “We have nothing to lose attitude” in the second half and went right after the Bravettes. Monte still held an 11-10 edge in the third quarter, but in the final eight minutes the Eagles posted an 18-8 advantage over the Bravettes. That advantage was fueled by dead-eye free throw shooting by Terpstra as she was 11-of-12 from the line in the final period and 13-of-15 for the game.

“Joslyn did a great job for us,” Eagle Coach Brad Engbers stated. “We also did a nice job of driving and kicking the ball out for good shots. And I thought that our freshmen did a nice job for us.”

Terpstra led the Eagles with 28 points and Emri Agre was also in double digits with 10 points. Monte was led by Boulton with 21 points, all from behind the arc, 12 by Wetering and 11 by Ellen Cook.

The Eagles will be back in action next Tuesday at Albia.

Montezuma          19           22           11           8              -               60

Pella Christian      15           7              10           18           -               50

Pella Christian scoring (FG FTM/FTA Pts) – Joslyn Terpstra 7 13/15 28, Emri Agre 3 2/3 10, Faith Kacmarynski 2 1/2 6, Anna Eveland 2 1/1 5, Claire Vander Molen 0 1/2 1, Team 14 18/22 50. Three point baskets (4) – Agre 2, Kacmarynski 1, Terpstra 1

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