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Eagles Girls in Cruise Control, Boys Offense Unable to Find Openings Against Oskaloosa

Posted: Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 5:59 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports - Andrew Schneider

Pella Christian’s basketball teams replicated their early-season matchups against rivals Oskaloosa, with a girls 63-26 win and a boys 56-36 loss, as heard live on 92.1 KRLS.

The Eagles girls put the pressure on the winless Osky girls, and eventually forced continuous clock to run out the 4th quarter quickly. Head Coach Kevin Van Maanen tells KNIA/KRLS Sports he was impressed with his team’s ability to stay focused on the opponent in front of them.

“It was a good, solid victory tonight,” he says. “I was happy with how we came out and really focused, and I thought we had good energy all night.”

Pella Christian was paced by 23 points and nine steals from Kaley Wilson, followed by nine points from Lizzy Posthuma and eight apiece from Mara Juffer and Morgan Fopma.

While the Eagles girls continued their early year roll, the boys were unable to snap what is now a four-game skid when they faced the No. 1 in Class 3A Indians.

Head Coach Larry Hessing says the defense played as well as they had all season, but they were unable to find the right shots to keep up with the Indians offense — shooting just 28 percent from the floor and hitting one of 15 from beyond the arc.

“I guess you can credit Oskaloosa with some good defense, but we can’t be shooting five or six feet beyond the arc, so we have to do some things in our offense to get tighter looks to the arc and improve that percentage,” Hessing says. “And the length of Oskaloosa I guess intimidated us inside, we didn’t shoot a very high percentage in there either.”

Pella Christian was led by 11 points and eight rebounds from Jayden Huisman and an 8 point, 8 board night for Jake Pringle.
The Eagles girls are now 10-5 and an even 4-4 in the conference, while the boys drop to 4-10 and 2-6 in the Little Hawkeye. They host Pella on Tuesday.