Brittany Bacorn

Knoxville's Brittany Bacorn (10) scored a career-high 19 points for the Panthers

PELLA — What started as an up-tempo back and forth turned into a low-scoring grinder with Knoxville erasing a first half deficit to come back and win 44-34 on the road at Pella Christian on Monday night.

Both offenses found a groove in the first quarter. Knoxville took advantage of PC’s lack of shot blocking and rebounding and were able to attack the rim and get layups, free throws and second chance points. Meanwhile, the Eagle offense was moving the ball well and knocking down open threes with a pair of triples from Karlie Anderson and one from Emri Agre and Faith Kacmarynski to put PC in front 16-11 after one.

That offense would grind to a halt in the second quarter as both teams struggled with turnovers and missed shots. The two would combine for six points in the second as Pella Christian took an 18-15 lead into halftime.

Much like the first quarter, it was a battle between PC’s three-point shooting against Knoxville’s ability to get to the free throw line. The Eagles got triples from Agre and Jenna Van Maanen in the third but Knoxville continued to work it inside and eventually grabbed a one-point lead heading to the fourth.

PC briefly retook the lead early in the fourth but a 9-2 Panther run fueled by buckets from the backcourt of Larissa Wells and Emma Dunkin put Knoxville back in front 38-34 with 3:45 left.

From there the Knoxville defense would step up and shut out PC the rest of the way while knocking down enough free throws on the other end to secure the 10-point road win.

While the Eagles were able to knock down six threes compared to just two for Knoxville, the Panthers were able to make 12 free throws compared to zero for Pella Christian while also pulling down 19 offensive rebounds.

Brittany Bacorn had herself a night with a double-double with a career-high 19 points, 10 rebounds and three steals for Knoxville. Wells and Anna Buttell both added eight points while Charlee Heffron grabbed 10 rebounds including eight on the offensive end.

Anderson led PC with eight points while Kacmarynski chipped in seven points.

Pella Christian (2-9, 0-5 LHC) is back at it on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. when they host Oskaloosa (6-4, 1-4 LHC) while Knoxville (6-5, 3-3 SCC) hosts Clarke (2-7, 1-4 SCC) on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at cpeters@oskyherald.com or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.

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