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Pella Girls Unable to Catch Up to Indianola, Boys Run Indians Off the Floor

Posted: Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at 6:00 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports - Andrew Schneider

For the second time in six days, Pella basketball teams came away with a split agianst Indianola in their 61-48 loss to the No. 1 Girls and their 78-40 blowout of the boys as heard live on 92.1 KRLS.

The No. 4 in 4A Lady Dutch were looking to top off the top-ranked in 5A Indians, but were unable to get enough offense started early to keep up. Pella pulled the game to within six at halftime and one possession in the 3rd quarter, but many missed shots on offense turned into Indianola points the other way. The Indians Maggie McGraw and Ellie Jensen hit three deep shots late to pull away near the end of the 3rd period.

Head Coach Jerod Garland says Indianola ramped up their half court offense to take away many of Pella’s offensive threats throughout much of the first three quarters.

“They have a very nice team in that they have the three big scorers that can hurt you and the other pieces can hurt you on the other end, the other two girls are just really solid defensively,” Garland says. “They just really played a good defensive game.”

Pella was led by 14 points and five rebounds from Chloe Van Vliet; Grace Berg of Indianola had 26 points and 10 rebounds. The Lady Dutch fall to 13-4 and 6-1 in the Little Hawkeye Conference.

Pella’s boys came out and played a nearly-flawless 1st quarter on their way to cruising past a struggling Indians squad.

The No. 3 Little Dutch outscored Indianola 30-2 after one frame, and did not commit a turnover until 5:30 left in the 2nd quarter, when many backups starting making early trips off of the bench.

Pella was led by 19 points and a combined 16 rebounds from Donovan Holterhaus and Ryan Van Wyk, with Ross Vande Weerd tacking on five points and three rebounds. Cole Swanson also knocked in his first basket of the season.

The Little Dutch remain red-hot, moving to 15-1 and 9-1 in the conference. Both Pella teams travel to Norwalk Tuesday night.