Joslyn Terpstra

Pella Christian's Joslyn Terpstra

PELLA — Brad Engbers enters his fourth season leading the Eagles and he will have a very young team with no seniors this winter after going 9-14 a year ago.

He returns one main starter in Joslyn Terpstra along with a trio of girls who started some games but mostly came off the bench in Emri Agre, Karlie Anderson and Claire Vander Molen.

Terpstra returns the most offense after averaging 6.5 points per game on 31.2% shooting from the floor and 30.6% from three along with 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game. The will bring a little bit of everything for the team this season.

Anderson shot well from outside last year at 37.8% while Agre struggled to find her range at 22.1%. Both should be able to supply space and knock down shots from outside this year while Vander Molen brings 15 games worth of experience from a year ago back to the rotation.

Pella Christian does have a good number of girls out this year that should provide healthy competition for the remaining rotational spots.

Juniors Jenna Van Maanen and Anna Evenhouse round out the few upperclassmen on the squad. Karis Fikkert leads an egger group of sophomores while Chloe Huisman, Faith Kacmarynski and Maggie Heinen lead the freshmen who could see time on the hardwood.

“We are pleased to have 22 girls out for basketball this year,” Engbers said. “Many of them are multi-sport athletes who have good athletic ability and a strong competitive spirit. We're looking forward to seeing how things shape up.”

Those newcomers will have to step into roles from the start as PC’s returning four girls only accounted for 29% of PC’s scoring for a team that was sixth in scoring in the LHC at 43.7 points per game. It will be interesting to see who steps up offensively to help put up points for the Eagles.

Defensive could be a strong point for PC with a lot of good multi-sport athletes. They were fourth on that end of the floor last year, giving up an average of 47.7 points per game. That should be a good goal for the team this winter as well.

Pella Christian was 3-11 in Little Hawkeye Conference play a year ago. It figures to be another tough journey for the Eagles through conference play to get them prepared for the postseason.

“Every game in the Little Hawkeye Conference is tough,” Engbers said. “We're going to need to be ready to play every time we take the court, including non-conference games. We are certainly young, but every girl on the team is determined to give her best every night.”

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

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