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Pella Girls Open Basketball Season at Ballard

The first contest of the season for the Pella High girls basketball team is tonight, and sends the Lady Dutch on the road to take on a familiar – and very difficult – opponent. Pella hits the road to Huxley to face Ballard, a team that has been among the elite 3A programs over the past several seasons.

“They’re going to be really good. They always have been. [They have] really good guards, [they’re] quick, good defensive pressure, and they have a nice post player,” says Pella head coach Jerod Garland. “They do have a new coach this year, but it’s somebody who’s been in the system a long time, and probably played a big part in their success. We’re not expecting any huge changes from them, but they’ll be good.”

The Pella girls went 19-4 last season, but feature an entirely new starting lineup for the 2011-2012 season, after losing six seniors to graduation.