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Pella High Defenses Dominant in Sweep of Newton

Swarming defensive pressure and balanced scoring distribution pushed the Pella High girls and boys basketball teams to lopsided victories over Newton last night by the scores of 61-28 in the girls’ contest and 56-25 in the boys’ game.

In the opener, the Pella girls put the game away by halftime, outscoring the Cardinals 18-2 in the second frame to lead 34-10 at intermission. Regan Cooper was dominant in the post, scoring 21 points and pulling down 7 rebounds, while Bailey Vande Weerd connected for 10 points from the perimeter.

The victory was the fifth in a row for the Pella girls basketball team, as the Lady Dutch enter the holiday break with a 5-2 overall record and a 3-0 mark in Little Hawkeye Conference play.

The nightcap played out much the same, as the defensive pressure for the Little Dutch forced Newton into 27 turnovers. Pella jumped out to a quick 19-7 lead through one quarter, and continued to spread the gap as the game wore on.

The offensive attack for the Little Dutch was incredibly well-balanced, with Jace Ver Steeg’s 8 points serving as the high scorer and nearly every Varsity player notching at least one field goal.

The 56-25 win improves the Pella boys to 3-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference. League play starts up right out of the holiday break, as the Pella High basketball teams will host Oskaloosa on Tuesday, January 3rd.