The Pella Lady Dutch made the short journey down Highway 163 Friday night to Oskaloosa to take on an Oskaloosa team that was hungry for a win. The Indians have only one win this season, but they may have played their best game of the season in a 62-51 loss to Pella.
The Dutch broke away from a 4-4 dead lock after two minutes of play with a 13-4 run to take a 17-8 lead after the first eight minutes. Jasmine Namminga and Madison Naig fueled that run. Namminga pounded home a pair of inside baskets and a free throw while Naig nailed a perimeter shot and a pair of free throws.
The Dutch had things going their way in the second stanza as they pulled away to a 31-16 lead at halftime. Naig was particularly active in the quarter with a pair of buckets on the inside and then she went deep for a three ball. Faith Diers also buried a shot from behind the arc.
The third period was played very evenly as Pella held a slim 13-12 edge. Again it was Naig doing the bulk of the damage. She drained a pair of shots from behind the arc and scored on a breakaway layup. Reagan Van Wyk added additional support with an inside three point play and a baseline drive for two.
Was a 44-8 lead going into the final eight minutes enough?
The Indians didn’t think so and they came out with determination in the fourth period. Twice they cut Pella’s lead to 10 points, but could never get under that line. Pella used some slashing drives to the hoop by Anna Vander Waal and Van Wyk and some key free throws to hold off the Indian surge and post another Little Hawkeye Conference victory.
“Offensive rebounds were big for us tonight,” Pella coach Jerod Garland said. “We had 17 offensive rebounds and some very big ones at the end. Madison Naig had a fantastic game for us tonight. Give Osky credit for their fourth quarter run. But we kept our composure and stayed the course.”
Naig led Pella with 21 points, seven rebounds and a team leading five assists. Van Wyk checked in with 13 points and Namminga notched nine points and yanked down a whopping 14 rebounds. Presley Blommers led the Indians with 19 points.
Pella scoring – Reagan Van Wyk 6 1-4 13, Courtney Thompson 0 1-2 1, Bailey Van Voorst 2 0-0 4, Faith Diers 2 0-0 5, Anna VanderWaal 2 1-4 5, Jasmine Namminga 3 3-4 9, Madison Naig 7 4-4 21, Annika Peterson 2 0-0 4, Team 24 10-19 62. Three point goals (4) – Naig 3, Diers 1
Pella rebounds (45) – Namminga 14, Naig 7, Van Wyk 4, Van Voorst 4, Diers 4, Thompson 2, VanderWaal 2.