Despite one of their strongest second quarters of the season and an overall sound game, the Dallas Center-Grimes girls’ basketball team fell in thrilling late game fashion to Pella Tuesday night 51-48.
It was an outcome that didn’t quite follow the story line of the game in which the Fillies held a lead for the vast majority of the contest. The contest began a little on the inauspicious side as the Fillies faced one of their only deficits leading up to the final minute in the fourth quarter. Pella led 12-7 following the first quarter of action but after tying their third highest second quarter scoring mark of the season (19 points), the Fillies marched into the halftime break with a 26-17 advantage.
Both teams matched each other point for point in the third quarter with 16 points each as DC-G still held held a nine point lead entering the fourth quarter. What would end up being the downfall for the Fillies came in the fourth quarter where they scored a single quarter low six points while giving up 18 points to the Lady Dutch. Even with the 12 point disparity, the Fillies held on to the lead they captured back in the second quarter all the way until the two minutes of the game. After the contest fell into a tie match with just over two minutes to go, the Lady Dutch connected on a pair of free throws to regain the lead. Despite DC-G trimming the lead to just one point, the Lady Dutch scored the final four points of the game to seal the deal and split the season series against the Fillies.
Junior Jordan Cunningham paced the way in scoring for the Fillies with 16 points on the night. Those 16 points came from four made field goals, two made three point shots, and six-of-eight from the free throw line. Elizabeth Elfvin was not far behind in her offensive efforts with 13 points thanks to four made field goals, two made three point shots, and three-of-four from the charity stripe.
Sophomore Julia Reis connected on the most field goals out of any Fillie for the contest with five. Along with two made three point shots, the sophomore compiled 12 points total for the contest.
While it was a game of two halves, it was more of a game of three quarters for the Fillies with an unpleasant ending.
“Tonight was probably the best first half of basketball we’ve ever played with a strong offensive third quarter,” said Fillie head coach Adam Jones.
A big cog in the winning ways for Pella came senior Emily Holterhaus who collected 24 points on the night, most of which came in the final frame. That final quarter production was something coach Jones spoke about after the game.
“”She’s really the key to their team and while we kept her silent in the first half with the pressure,” began Jones. “We let her get to the free throw line too much and her performance off the boards hurt our offensive opportunities.”
Despite the loss, it was still an exciting contest including for the players themselves. DC-G senior Lauren Osborn has been around the conference rivalry for four seasons and talked about the excitement it has brought.
“It’s a fun and exciting time every chance we get to play Pella,” began Osborn. “Every game is competitive and there’s always a strong desire to beat Pella. It’s been a big part of my time here.”
The Fillies drop to 14-6 with the loss but will have one more chance to boost up their regular season record when they travel to Norwalk to battle the Warriors. That contest will take place on Friday, Feb. 8, beginning at 6:15 p.m.