PELLA — Both teams entered on six-game losing streaks. One team was going to leave with a much needed win with the postseason approaching. It ended up being the Indians from Oskaloosa tallying their second conference win of the season, defeating the Eagles of Pella Christian 45-36 on Senior Night on Eagle Lane.
The Indians came out firing in the first quarter led by Presley Blommers, who scored the first eight points of the game for Oskaloosa, who jumped out to an 8-0 run.
Oskaloosa was locking down the paint, making things difficult for PC’s 6-foot-2 senior center Allison Van Gorp, who had the Eagles’ only four points in the quarter as the Indians found themselves in front 15-4 after eight minutes of action.
While Osky kept defending at a high level in the second quarter, their offense slowed down significantly as the two teams combined for nine points in the second frame. Amanda Fay’s hook in the lane just before the buzzer gave the Indians a 19-9 lead at the break.
PC would slowly work themselves back into the game in the third quarter, Van Gorp was establishing herself inside and Joslyn Terpstra was providing some secondary scoring.
Addison Carter banked in an elbow three after PC tied the game late in the third to go back up 24-21. But Oskaloosa was heading into the fourth with both of their key bigs with four fouls and Van Gorp looking to continue the PC run.
Anna Bonnett was a bulldog in the fourth quarter as she was racking up the steals to go with a couple of layups for the Eagles. But when she wasn’t getting steals, Oskaloosa was scoring.
Blommers got her shot going again after going scoreless in the second and third as she splashed a pair of three balls and a traditional three-paint play while another Carter three gave Osky a 36-31 lead with 2:48 to go.
With both of his bigs in foul trouble, Oskaloosa head coach T.C. Cunningham went deep into his bench and called on freshman Asia Thompson to try to close out the game at center against Van Gorp.
Thompson would hold her own in just her second varsity game of the season, getting handful a rebounds and three points down the stretch as the two teams exchanged points for the final couple of minutes with Oskaloosa eventually leaving with the nine-point win.
Blommers led the scoring charge with a bookend performance of 23 points (10 in the first, 13 in the fourth). Carter hit a trio of threes in the game for nine points off the bench for the Indians.
Van Gorp finished with 19 points for the Eagles while Terpstra added eight points.
Oskaloosa (7-13, 2-11 LHC) will wrap up regular season play on Friday at 6:15 p.m. when they host Grinnell (13-6, 7-4 LHC). Pella Christian (8-12, 3-8 LHC) will look to bounce back on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. when they travel across town to battle Pella (10-10, 6-7 LHC).
*Stats were not available at time of print