JEFFERSON — PCM’s girls’ basketball team played a solid game defensively but just couldn’t make enough shots from the floor or the free-throw line during a 34-27 overtime road loss to Greene County on Dec. 11.
The Mustangs trailed by five after one quarter and went into halftime down 14-13 but drew even with the Rams after the third and fourth quarters.
Greene County outscored PCM 9-2 in overtime to win the Heart of Iowa Conference game.
“It was a really good job defensively tonight,” PCM coach Jeff Lindsay said. “We continue to improve in that area. We just couldn’t get anything to fall in overtime.”
Sophomore Paige Steenhoek scored a team-high eight points and had three steals to lead PCM (0-7 overall, 0-2 in conference play). Senior Emma George tallied five points, six rebounds and six steals and senior Lilli Baird chipped in five points, six rebounds and three steals.
Senior Riley Hjortshoj had five points, nine rebounds and three steals, senior Celeste Wagaman chipped in two points, two assists and four rebounds and junior Emily Foster had two steals and one block.
Sophomore Sidney Shaver tallied two points and two rebounds.
Albia 47, PCM 37
MONROE — Baird scored a career-high 23 points, but PCM struggled to score in the third quarter during a 47-37 non-conference loss to Albia on Dec. 10.
Baird hit five 3-pointers, made all six free throw attempts and grabbed five rebounds for the Mustangs.
Hjortshoj scored four points and grabbed 10 rebounds, George pulled down seven boards and had two steals and Steenhoek scored four points, dished out four assists, swiped three steals and grabbed two rebounds.
“Lilli played a nice game on both ends of the floor,” Lindsay said.
“She led us in scoring and her and Paige were good on the defensive end. Riley did a real nice job on the boards.”
Wagaman scored six points and grabbed five boards, Foster collected five rebounds and Shaver grabbed two rebounds.
Albia is now 2-4 on the season.
Pella Christian 53,
PELLA — PCM hung around Pella Christian for a half, but a big third quarter by the Eagles sent the home team to a 53-30 non-conference win on Dec. 7.
The Eagles led by one after one quarter and pushed the margin to five at halftime. Pella Christian pulled away for good with an 18-3 third quarter.
“We played a competitive first half,” Lindsay said.
“The third quarter obviously hurt us. We can’t afford those kind of scoring droughts.”
Baird had eight points and three rebounds for PCM, while George tallied seven points and seven rebounds and Wagaman chipped in seven points and three boards.
Steenhoek finished with two points, two rebounds, five steals and two assists and Hjortshoj scored four points and grabbed three boards. Foster tallied two points and two boards and sophomore Eleigh Davis pulled down a pair of rebounds.
Pella Christian (3-2) made just one 3-pointer in the first half but hit on four treys in the third quarter.
Allison Van Gorp led the Eagles with 21 points and 10 rebounds.