It was a split with completely different results for the Eagles boys and girls as they defended Eagle Lane against the Indians in a conference doubleheader heard live on 92.1 KRLS.
Pella Christian hung on late against Indianola in the nightcap 52-50. The Eagles boys held a double-digit advantage through the majority of the first three quarters, but the Indians came roaring back with a 10-0 to start the final frame. Pella Christian answered with six of their own, before Indianola tied the game with 1:04 remaining.
The Eagles had the next possession, but missed a shot that hit hard off the rim, only for Dan Jungling to run the length of the floor for the offensive rebound that deflected off of an opposing player. With seven seconds remaining in the contest, Jake Pringle scored the most important two points of the night on a game winning running shot, that dropped the clock to two seconds remaining. Jayden Huisman disrupted an Indianola desperation pass to seal the victory.
Head Coach Larry Hessing tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that he was proud of how his team kept fighting and held onto win a game in the 4th quarter.
“After some of those tough losses when we did not hold the lead, the next day in practice we talked about how we need to stay aggressive, we worked at the situation and staying aggressive in a late game, time and score situation and they knew what they had to do, and go get it done once, and we did,” he says.
Pringle led the Eagles with 13 points, followed by 12 apiece from Dan Jungling and Alex Huisman.
Pella Christian’s girls — missing two starters and losing another to injury in the game, could not keep up with the high-paced Indianola girls, losing 75-34 in a contest that ended with continuous clock. The Eagles were paced by 10 points from Isabella Baugh, and the Indians had a 28 point, three-steal performance from Grace Berg on a night where the Indians hit five threes in the first quarter.
A six-game losing streak ends for the P.C. boys, who improve to 5-13 and 3-8 in the Little Hawkeye, while the girls drop to 10-8 and 4-7 in the league. Pella Christian next celebrates homecoming Friday against Grinnell.