Turnovers proved to be a key statistic in the Pella vs. Grinnell varsity girls’ basketball game held Jan. 27 in Pella.

Grinnell was credited with 16 steals in the contest while the Dutch had three.

The aggressive Tigers had big second and fourth quarters en route to a 69-49 win on the road.

Grinnell improved to 10-3 overall and to 6-0 in the Little Hawkeye with the victory. Pella slipped to 8-8 overall and 5-3 in league play.

The Tigers put four players in double digits led by a group of sophomores and freshmen.

Sophomore Ivey Schmidt had 17 points for the Tigers and freshman Haidyn Hull pumped in 15. Sophomore Meridith McKnight added 12 points with freshman Leah Harris next with 10.

Each team hit the offensive glass very well. The Tigers pulled down 12 offensive boards while the Dutch chased down 11.

Pella’s offensive leaders for the night were Faith Diers with 13 points and Madison Naig with 12.

Annika Peterson scored seven points, Reagan Van Wyk six and Hailey Van Vark four for coach Jerod Garland’s squad.

The Tigers were strong from the perimeter hitting 11-30 shots from behind the arc. The Dutch were 4-of-13 from long range.

Perry Bell can be reached at sports@journalexpress.net or by calling the Knoxville newsroom at 641-842-2155.

Recommended for you