The Pella Christian girls earned their second win of the young season, using a big second half to pull away for a 52-40 win over Roland-Story last night. Both teams made runs at each other throughout the first half, battling to a 22-22 tie at halftime. but the third quarter was the difference-maker.
An energized Eagles’ defensive effort in the third quarter forced Roland-Story into several turnovers, which turned out to be the difference-maker; as it allowed Pella Christian to end the quarter on a 23-14 run and take control of the game.
Eagles’ head coach Kevin Van Maanen credited his girls for making the right adjustments when needed.
The Lady Norse committed their efforts to shutting down Pella Christian’s Jasmin Schelhaas and her 17.5 points per game average; and while they held her to just two points on the night, the rest of the Eagles capitalized on open opportunities. Tayler Stursma was dominant near the basket, pouring in 17 points, while Paige Engbers torched Roland-Story from the outside, tallying 15 points – including four 3-pointers.
The win improves 13th-ranked Pella Christian to 2-1 on the season. The Lady Eagles won’t return to action until December 13th when they travel to Knoxville to open Little Hawkeye Conference play.