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Eagles Sweep Newton to Stay Undefeated in LHC

Pella Christian was pushed to the wire in both games by a scrappy Newton club, but found ways to earn the sweep with late runs winning the girls game 45-34 while the boys were victorious 47-34 last night. Both teams struggled handling the ball as they combined for 35 turnovers which made it tough to gain any flow on either side and Newton out-rebounded Pella Christian 39-26. Eagles’ coach Kevin Van Maanen said although the game wasn’t pretty he was happy with the final minutes. Paige Engbers led all scorers with 20 points and hit some big shots late to help the Eagles secure the win. The 12th ranked Eagles improved to 6-0 on the season and 2-0 in LHC play. In the boys game it wasn’t much prettier as Pella Christian held Newton to just two first quarter points while jumping out to an 11-2 lead, but had to fight off the Cardinals late in the ballgame to preserve the victory. Van Wyk led Pella Christian with 14 points, Colten Collins added 12 and Austin Vermeer was held to just 10 points. The Eagles improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in LHC play and both the Eagles’ girls and boys will have a week off before facing Western Christian next Saturday at Dordt College.