The Pella Christian girls and boys finally have a couple back to back days to practice before thier big match up with cross town rival Pella tomorrow night, something they’ve not been able to do much this season due to games and weather. Girls coach Kevin Van Maanen says they’ve been working on some things in games and he was happy with how the girls responded on Tuesday night in those areas. He says he was happy with how Jasmin Schelhaas looked to push the ball and score when she had opportunities and he also said he challenged Jackie Veenstra to be more aggressive on the boards and she answered that call. He says if they can continue to do those things and the girls realize and play their roles he feels they’ll challenge for a win tomorrow night.
The Pella Christian boys are coming off a win over Newton Tuesday night in which they committed several turnovers that were uncharacteristic of the team so far this year and even though it was a win, coach Larry Hessing didn’t feel the team was real focused in on what they were trying to do in that game. He says the good thing was it did expose some areas where they still need work to get better and that’s what they plan to attack during thier two practices leading up to tomorrow night. He says they’ll continue to work on the basics such as execution, defense, rebounding and get some shooting in as well, while trying to also come up with a game plan on how to defend Pella. Pella and Pella Christian enter tomorrow’s game as the only two undefeated teams in the Little Hawkeye Conference at 4-0 and the winner will head into the holiday break in sole posession of first place. Tickets for tomorrow’s game are on sale at both Pella and Pella Christian High Schools during school hours 8am-4pm today and tomorrow. Tickets are $5 each for adults and $3 for students in grades K-12. You can hear tomorrow’s games live on 92.1 FM KRLS and kniakrls.com with Jamie Brockman and Eric Gotschall starting with the pre game coverage at 6pm.