For the fifth year in a row the Pella High Lady Dutch have opened the season with a solid win over the Mount Pleasant Panthers.
Pella, playing at home, beat the Panthers Nov. 26 57-35. Pella used a big first half to open up a commanding 17-6 lead at the close of the first quarter and they extended it to 38-20 at halftime.
Scoring slowed in the second half, but the Dutch already had the season opener well under wraps at that time.
Coach Jerod Garland’s Dutch squad looked like they hadn’t lost a beat despite being hit hard by graduation from a team that was 15-7 overall.
Guards Faith Diers with 14 points and Anna Vander Waal with 12 led the way for Pella’s offense.
The scoring was rather balanced as Madison Naig added seven points, Annika Peterson six, Jasmine Namminga six and Bailey Van Voorst five points.
The Panthers were led offensivley by Lydia Stewart with 15 pons and Karsyn Lamm with seven.
MP was 12-of-20 at the foul line.
Pella was 8-of-10 at the line.
Namminga was the top rebounder for Pella with seven, Reagan Van Wyk and Courtney Thompson each had three assists while Van Wyk led with two blocked shots.
Odds and Ends
Each of the previous four opening night wins over the Panthers were by the margin of about 20 points.
The Dutch topped MP 63-37 last year, 58-37 during the 2017-18 campaign. Pella won 61-41 in 16-17 and the score was 65-47 in 15-16.
The 16-17 season saw Pella finish with a mark of 20-5 while the team was 23-3 in 15-16.