For much of the game the chances of the Pella Christian girls’ basketball team to come out of Indianola victorious last night was as big of a chance as Mother Nature giving us a decent weather day. While the hope was slim, that didn’t stop the Eagles from having a furious second half comeback to stun the Indians 49-47.
The Indians marched out to a 30-21 lead at half and saw that lead continue to grow to as much as 16 points with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. At that point the switch was turned for the Eagles who went on a 12-0 run and eventually tied the game at 47 all in the final minute. The comeback was complete when Chloe Morgan nailed a 10-footer with five seconds remaining to give the Eagles a needed Little Hawkeye Conference win. Head Coach Brad Engbers tells KRLS Sports the big run was sparked by the intensity on the defensive end.
“We were getting a lot of deflections. We had a 3-2 defense and we were stretching it out. Normally we like to keep it tight but we spread it out and they had a lot of trouble against it.”
Allison Van Gorp had a big second half to lead the team with 19 points and Emma Huisman had 11. The Eagles improve to 8-7 on the season.
In the boys’ game Pella Christian dug themselves a 22-13 hole early and could never work their way out of it, falling 71-58. The three-headed monster for Indianola was the difference, with Evan Gauger, AJ, Toigo, and Quinn Vesey combining for 58 of their points including Gauger with 29. Jake Pringle was a bright spot for the Eagles with 23 points. Pella Christian drops to 8-6 on the season.
Weather pending, the Eagle teams have a busy week coming up with four games including against Pella on Monday.