Norwalk comes to Pella Christian High School tonight for a girl/boy Little Hawkeye Conference doubleheader.
For the Lady Eagles, the game represents a chance for them to keep their position in the front of the conference race, but it won’t come easy against the Warriors’ slower tempo, defense-oriented style of play. Pella Christian girls head coach Kevin Van Maanen says he really respects Norwalk.
“They’re a very well-coached and disciplined team.” said Van Maanen. “We’ve got to make sure we take care of the ball – no turnovers – rebound very well, and just make some big shots.”
On the boys side, while Norwalk is not the Little Hawkeye Conference power it has been in recent years, the Warriors still pose a serious threat to the Eagles, who are stinging a bit from Friday’s loss to cross-town rival Pella High.
“Some people may look at Norwalk and think ‘oh they’re down this year’ – and they may be a little bit down from where they were, but it’s going to be a tough basketball game,” says Pella Christian boys’ head coach Larry Hessing. “They’ve got some good athletes – some good players – and we’re going to have a ballgame on our hands.”
Both games will be broadcast live on 92.1 fm KRLS; with Eric Gotschall providing the call, starting at 6:00 p.m. tonight at Pella Christian High School.