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Utiermarkt’s Put Back Lets Pella Christian Girls Breathe A Sigh Of Relief

Posted: Saturday, January 12th, 2013 at 6:00 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports-Derek Cardwell

A put back by Pella Christian’s Cori Utiermarkt with four seconds left allowed the Eagles to escape with a 42-41 win over Knoxville in girls basketball last night. The Eagles used a 6-0 run in the second quarter to forge an eight point lead at the half. However, a totally different Knoxville came out in the second half led by Rikki Hall who spent much of the first half on the bench in foul trouble. Hall unloaded on the Eagles with 15 second half points, and had what Knoxville hoped was the winning basket with 21 seconds to play on a rebound put back. However, after a time out, the Eagles had one better and Utiermarkt’s basket gave Pella Christian the lead. A half-court shot by Knoxville’s Meredith Cunningham at the buzzer sailed wide left and Pella Christian had broken a two-game losing streak. Knoxville Coach Jim Utiermarkt said his team gave up too many offensive rebounds, and the last one hurt the most. Hall and Cunningham both finished with 15 points to lead Knoxville while Utiermarkt had 16 to lead Pella Christian. Knoxville falls to 4-6 and 2-3 in Little Hawkeye Conference play. The Panthers will host Carlisle tonight starting with the girls at five. Pella Christian goes to 8-3 and 4-1 in the conference. The Eagles will host Des Moines Christian in a non-conference game.