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Pella Christian Girls Lose Heartbreaker to Norwalk…Boys Win Big

Posted: Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 at 6:00 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports - Jamie Brockman

The Pella Christian girls have just two conference losses and both have come to Norwalk as the Warriors edged the Eagles 40-36 last night, while the boys avenged an earlier season loss to the Warriors with a 64-43 win. The girls’ game was tied at halftime and stayed even heading into the fourth quarter. The game was still neck and neck late when the Eagles committed two key turnovers allowing Norwalk to finally ice the game at the free throw line. Norwalk played tough defense on the Eagles leading scorer Cori Uitermarkt holding her to just two field goals for the game, although she did hit all six of her free throws to finish with 10 points. Engbers led the way with 18 along with Uitermarkt’s 10 points as the Eagles snapped a seven game win streak and fell to 14-4 but still maintain the Little Hawkeye Conference lead at 8-2. It was clear the Pella Christian boys intended to prove that their offensive breakdown and loss at Norwalk earlier this season was a fluke as both teams were running and gunning the entire first half. Pella Christian held just a two-point lead after the first quarter and went into halftime leading by just six. The third quarter was the difference maker as the Eagles outscored the Warriors 15-4 on their way to the 21-point win. Coach Larry Hessing said he was much happier with their intensity in this game compared to their first meeting. Austin Vermeer led all scorers with 22 points, Riley Stursma scored 13 and Coltin Collins added 10 points and eight rebounds. Pella Christian has now won eight straight and improved to 14-4 and continue to lead the conference at 9-1. Both teams head to Colo-Nesco for non-conference action this afternoon starting at 1:00 p.m.