OSKALOOSA — Little Hawkeye Conference basketball returned to action on Tuesday in Oskaloosa. The Indians tried to erase an early deficit but a big third quarter from Pella Christian led the Eagles over Oskaloosa, 59-40.
The game opened up with Pella Christian going on a quick 6-0 run capped off by an Anna Bonnett swipe and score.
The Indians did a better job of protecting the paint and were able to score threes from Aubree Blanco and Kaylee Johnson before Emma Witzenberg splashed a triple of her own from the corner at the buzzer to put the Indians ahead 15-10 after one quarter.
Much like the first, PC got a quick start in the second with a Witzenberg runner and Avery Baugh hook shot forcing an early timeout with the Eagles lead pushing to nine.
With PC pressing, Osky was able to respond against much better to close out the half with Johnson’s late jumper cutting the deficit to 29-24 at the half.
The Eagles would blow it open in the third quarter as cold shooting and turnovers would bite the Indians. Bonnett would go on a personal 8-0 run with back-to-back threes and then another steal and score in what would be an 18-5 quarter in advantage of PC, who extended their lead to 47-29 heading into the fourth quarter.
Osky received back-to-back threes from Krier and Johnson to open up the fourth and cut the deficit to 12 with 6:34 left but PC would close out any comeback attempt and secure the win.
Witzenberg made several big shots on the night for PC as she continues to play in a nice groove. She led the Eagles with 25 points while Allison Van Gorp added 16 points and Bonnett chipped in 10 points.
The Indians were all held to single digit scoring while shooting 23.6% from the field as a team with 20 turnovers. Blanco, who dealt with foul trouble, along with Krier both led Osky with nine points while Johnson finished with eight points.
Oskaloosa (5-7, 1-5 LHC) looks to bounce back on Friday at 6:15 p.m. when they travel to Grinnell (6-5, 3-3 LHC). Pella Christian (7-5, 2-3 LHC) now prepares for their inter-city battle when they host Pella (5-5, 3-2 LHC) on Friday at 6:15 p.m.
*Pella Christian stats were not available at time of print