The Eagles knew they were in for a battle going into this game against the #3 ranked team in the State Friday night, the East Grand Rapids Pioneers. The Pioneers got off to a fast start in this game and led 17-4 at one point in the 1st Quarter. The Eagles finished the quarter down 21-9. The Eagles turned up the Defense in the 2nd quarter and also got their offense going. The Eagles hit 5 three point baskets in the 2nd quarter and outscored the Pioneers 22-8 in the quarter to take a 31-29 lead into the half. The second half was a back and fourth battle with both teams exchanging baskets and big plays. There were many lead changes and the 3rd quarter ended with a 45-44 lead for the Eagles. In the 4th, the Eagles were able to hit some key shots and held off the Pioneers late charge to cap off a 59-55 win!
The Eagles are currently 3-0 in non-conference play and will take on Marshall at Home on Tuesday the 17th and Unity Christian away on the 20th, before heading into the Holiday break.
Leading the way for the Eagles in scoring were:
Maddie Petroelje – 13
Jaci Tubergen – 12
Eva Joldersma – 10
Ash Bailey – 8