Points seem to be hard to come by when the Pella Lady Dutch and the Norwalk Warriors get together on the hardwood. The two teams met in Norwalk earlier in the season and the Warriors walked off with a 29-21 win. After the first quarter Friday it appeared we were in for more of the same.
Norwalk scored at the 6:42 mark and did not score again in the period. Pella did not score until the 2:50 mark when Jasmine Namminga connected from the inside and Madison Naig scored on a perimeter shot at the horn for a 4 -2 Dutch lead going into the second stanza.
Pella outscored the Warriors 11-10 in the second quarter for a 15-12 lead at intermission.
The Warriors were never able to gain the lead and the Lady Dutch were on their way to a win that they needed to get their record above the .500 mark at 9-8. Leading the way for Pella in the second quarter was Reagan Van Wyk with a couple of baseline drives to the hoop and a free throw.
The Warriors were determined to hang around and at the 4:44 mark of the third period they cut the deficit to 20 -18. Pella then hit an 8-2 run to find a little breathing room.
In that run Naig and Courtney Thompson drained threes and Faith Diers hit from the inside. The Dutch kept the pressure on defensively and took a 33-24 lead into the final eight minutes.
Norwalk made a couple of last quarter gasps, but four points would be as close as they would get before a pair of free throws by Naig and one by Diers put the seal on a 42-34 win.
“The focus was on defense tonight,” Pella coach Jerod Garland said. “We played really good defense for the entire game. It came down to key people stepping up to make big plays and to hit big shots. We got that tonight. We didn’t make a lot of threes, but the ones we did get came at very important times. We hit some big shots in the second half.”
Van Wyk was the only Pella player in double figures with 10 points, but the team balance showed up when three other girls were close to double digits.
Namminga and Naig each had eight points and Diers chipped in with seven points. Although she did not score, Anna Vander Waal dished out eight assists and Namminga yanked down eight rebounds.
Pella scoring – Reagan Van Wyk 4 2-5 10, Courtney Thompson 1 0-0 3, Bailey Van Voorst 1 0-2 2, Faith Diers 2 3-4 7, Jasmine Namminga 3 1-2 8, Madison Naig 2 3-4 8, Annika Peterson 2 0-0 4, Team 15 9-17 42. Three point goals (3) – Thompson 1, Namminga 1, Naig 1.
Pella rebounds (29) Namminga 8, Naig 4, Peterson 4