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Pella Lady Dutch Hoping to Repeat Saturday Effort and Finish Upset Against Indianola

Posted: Friday, January 27th, 2017 at 5:58 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports - Andrew Schneider

Just six days after the two schools met in a weather-related make up, the Pella basketball teams are traveling to Indianola for a doubleheader.

Now No. 4 in the latest 4A poll and out of the top spot for the first time this season, the Lady Dutch are hoping to replicate the intensity they played with Saturday against No. 1 in 5A Indianola, but also a change the end result after they were unable to complete the upset in a 63-57 loss.

Senior Kiara Bradley tells KNIA/KRLS Sports they will try to repeat their defensive effort, as well as work to find a better way to guard some of those who were successful for the Indians.

“We realized how good Maggie McGraw can shoot, how good Haley [Vesey] can shoot, and getting Grace Berg really, really helped, she had three fouls up until the second quarter,” she says. “I think just keeping that hand up and making sure that they get frazzled from the start would be really awesome, because that would set them on their game and have the other girls step in and try and make something happen.”

No. 3 in 3A and tops in the Little Hawkeye Conference, Pella’s boys are looking for a similar end result to Saturday and to continue their recent defensive performances when they take on a struggling Indianola team.

Senior Ryan Van Wyk says continued success in preventing teams from scoring and creating transition opportunities will be the key to clinching the conference, a road that begins by defeating the Indians.

Pella at Indianola will be broadcast live on 92.1 KRLS, with Andrew Schneider and Mike Buchheit calling the action beginning at 6.