For the second time in a week the Pella Little Dutch suffered a gut wrenching loss to a Little Hawkeye Conference opponent. This time it was the Warriors from Norwalk that delivered the stinger after Indianola had delivered a gut punch two point loss on Tuesday.
After the past week Norwalk and Indianola are tied for the league lead with two losses each while Pella sits in third place with four losses.
The final score Friday night in Pella showed No. 1 Norwalk with 66 points and the Dutch 65.
The focus coming into the game had to be on how to slow Bowen Born, the league’s leading scorer with an over 40 ppg average. But on this night Born chose to involve his teammates and they responded big time. Born still scored 29 points, but it was his deadly passing that set up his mates for quality baskets.
The two teams battled toe to toe for the first half with Pella taking a 17-15 lead after one quarter of play and Norwalk knotting the score at 32-32 at intermission.
In the first period the Dutch would get three triples from Logan Shetterly and one each from Treyton Sturgeon and Josh Warner. The three point barrage cooled a little in the second quarter with Grant Nelson, Karl Miller and Jonathan Oltman each getting one.
It was in the third period that the Pella shooting cooled significantly as the Warriors went on a 21-10 roll and entered the final eight minutes with a 53-42 lead. In the quarter, Born began to assert himself with five baskets on the inside and teammate, Scott Anderson nailed a pair of threes.
The followers of the Little Dutch know that there is no quit in this team in green and white as they began to chip away at the Warrior lead in the final frame.
With 3:10 left in the game Norwalk held a 60 -53 lead and in the next minute the Dutch cut the lead to 60-59. Sturgeon notched a pair of free throws and a rebound put back while Shetterly put down a pair of free throws in the surge.
Norwalk answered with a pair of inside buckets by Joe Brown, but Shetterly drained a three point shot to keep the Dutch within two points. Born and Brown then each it a free throw for a four point Warrior lead with three seconds left. Shetterly’s three at the horn was good, but it was still an empty feeling for the Dutch.
“You have to give Norwalk credit,” Pella coach Derek Schulte said. “They defended us well and made it tough to score. Born is outstanding and he used his teammates so well tonight. We have to look at the big picture now and prepare ourselves for the tournament run.”
Shetterly led Pella with 26 points and five assists while Sturgeon was also in double digits with 14 points eight rebounds and three assists. Nelson and Oltman were next in line with nine and eight points respectively.
Pella scoring – Treyton Sturgeon 5 2-2 14, Logan Shetterly 9 2-2 26, Karl Miller 1 0-0 3, Josh Warner 1 0-0 3, Jonathan Oltman 3 0-0 8, Parker Elder 1 0-0 2, Grant Nelson 3 2-3 9, Team 23 6-7 65. Three point goals (13) – Shetterly 6, Sturgeon 2, Oltman 2, Nelson 1, Warner 1, Miller 1.
Pella rebounds (28) – Sturgeon 8, Warner 4, Nelson 4, Shetterly 3, Miller 3, Oltman 3, Ryan Mace 2, Elder 1.
Pella steals (3) – Shetterly 2, Nelson 1
Pella assists (13) – Shetterly 5, Sturgeon 3, Nelson 2, Elder 1, Oltman 1, Warner 1.