Pella High enters the 2014 portion of their varsity basketball schedule with a record of 5-2 overall and a 1-2 mark in the Little Hawkeye Conference.
Coach Mark Core’s Dutch squad have lost to a pair of teams that played at the state tournament in Des Moines last winter.
The losses were to Dallas Center-Grimes, the newcomer in the league this year and to the Grinnell Tigers.
DCG fell to Davenport Assumption in the first round of the Class 3A state meet last March. The Grinnell Tigers were upended in the first round of state play a year ago by MOC-Floyd Valley.
Pella’s offense has been a little stagnant in the two defeats. The Dutch have scored 65 points or more in the four wins, but they failed to crack the 50-point barrier in the two setbacks.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Dutch have allowed three teams to score 60 points or more. Two of the three have come in the losses. Bondurant-Farrar tallied 62, but lost to Pella 75-62.
Pella is averaging 66.4 points per game through the 2013 portion of the schedule. Defensively the team is giving up an average of 57.2 points.
Pella currently has two players averaging in double digits, Isaac Naaktgeboren with 17.6 per contest and Jordan Pingel with a 14.3 average.
Bryce Bortscheller is next in line with 9.1 points per game.
Naaktgeboren is also the top rebounder on the Dutch squad pulling in 9.9 each game followed by Ryan Van Wyk with 4.7 boards and Garret Jansen with 4.6.
Pingel, Seth Johnson and Bortscheller are the top three in assists on the team. Johnson tops the Pella charts in steals with 18 followed by Pingel with 12.
Naaktgeboren has nine bocks to lead the team.
The Dutch travel to Knoxville Friday night to face the Panthers in a girl-boy doubleheader tipping at 6:15 p.m.
A year ago the Dutch swept the Panthers by scores of 67-62 and 62-27.
Tuesday, Jan. 14 the Dutch travel to Norwalk to face the Warriors.