The Eagles and Montezuma battled to advance to the substate game on February 17. In the first quarter, the Eagles took an early lead, but Montezuma fought back into the game. With only seconds left on the clock, Monte scored a basket to win the game 50-48.
On January 25, the playoff brackets for 2A girls were released to the entire state. PC had a bye their first game, and then played North Mahaska on February 14 at home. The Eagles won 57-37 over the Warhawks. In the first half, the young North Mahaska team kept it close, but the Eagles separated themselves from the opponent in the third quarter.
The PC girls were ranked #1 in their playoff bracket. With hopes set on state, the team knew they would need to be prepared to come out strong in their playoff games. “Our team has a strong will, and is always prepared to face adversity. The girls have a lot of heart, and will fight until the end,” said coach Kevin Van Maanen.
Being ranked #7 in class 2A at the end of the season was an incredible accomplishment for the 2016-17 PC girls basketball team. The Lady Eagles ended the year with a 14-9 record, with their only losses in regular season play being to some of the highest ranked teams in classes 4A and 5A.
The Eagles started off their season strong, with a 56-43 win against Van Meter and a 48-43 win against Montezuma. At the time, both teams were ranked in class 2A. “This team started strong with quality wins. They will always rise up to the challenge,” said Van Maanen.
While being a part of the Little Hawkeye Conference, rising up to the challenge seems to be a common theme every time PC steps onto the court. The Eagles only lost by three to #4 in 4A Pella, and fell only eight points short to #1 in 5A Indianola. “We never settle for where we’re at, and continue to push ourselves to be a better team,” said senior team captain Cailey Terpstra.
Though the Eagles have had a fantastic season, they have back to back losses to #3 in 4A Grinnell and #9 in 4A Dallas Center Grimes. With their losses being to such high ranked squads, the team isn’t too concerned about them entering into the postseason. “We are close knit, and literally like sisters, and would do anything for each other. Our team is going to come together, and play to the best of our abilities,” said Terpstra.