The Pella Christian Eagles huddle during a timeout in a game earlier this season.

PELLA — The Pella Christian girls had only seven players available for Friday night’s homecoming contest with the Grinnell Tigers and that proved to be a problem. Grinnell plays racehorse basketball and they substitute five at a time about every three minutes. That was a problem for PC.

For one quarter the Eagles played very well and trailed by only 13-11 after the first period and 17-15 after two minutes of play in the second stanza. Then exhaustion entered the equation and the Tigers finished the first half with an 18-0 run to take a 35-15 lead into intermission.

In that first quarter, the Eagles used a pair of inside buckets and a pair of free throws by Allison Van Gorp and a three-point bomb by Avery Baugh to account for their 11 points. Van Gorp hit a pair of inside shots to open the second quarter and then the Tigers slammed the door.

Grinnell opened the third period with a pair of triples by Sydney Kenkel and two more by Meredith McKnight for a 47-15 lead. PC finally got back on the board with baskets by Claire Vander Molen, Joslyn Terpstra and Van Gorp, but the Tigers finished the quarter leading 57-21 and the running clock was in effect.

“They did what they had to do to stop us,” PC coach Brad Engbers said. “They triple teamed the post, took away the rebounds and made us take shots we are not comfortable with. I was very pleased with the first quarter, but there is only so much you can do against them with seven players.”

Grinnell                  13           22           22           8              -               65

Pella Christian      11           4              6              10           -               31

Pella Christian scoring (FG FTM-FTA Pts) – Anna Bonnett 2 0-0 4, Avery Baugh 1 0-0 3, Joslyn Terpstra 1 0-0 2, Karlie Anderson 1 0-0 2, Claire Vander Molen 1 0-0 2, Anna Eveland 1 0-0 2, Allison Van Gorp 6 4-7 16. Team 13 4-7 31. Three point goals (1) – Baugh 1.

Pella Christian rebounds (28) Van Gorp 9, Vander Molen 5, Bonnett 4, Terpstra 4, Eveland 3, Anderson 2, Baugh 1.

Pella Christian steals (10) – Bonnett 3, Terpstra 3, Baugh 2, Anderson 1, Van Gorp 1.

Pella Christian assists (5) – Bonnett 2, Baugh 1, Anderson 1, Vander Molen 1.

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