Pella got an edge on the Newton Cardinals in the first quarter and took off from there Tuesday, Jan. 7, at home.

Pella led 18-7 at the close of the first quarter en route to a commanding and decisive 72-43 Little Hawkeye Conference victory.

The Lady Dutch have had moments where it has been difficult to score, but that wasn’t the case against Newton.

Three underclassmen led the Pella High charge. Sophomore Reagan Van Wyk had 20 points to lead all players in the game.

Next came Jasmine Namminga with 12 points and Bailey Van Voorst with 11. Faith Diers with nine and Courtney Thompson with seven weren’t far off the pace.

Newton managed to get 16 points from Chassidy Henwood.

Pella won the battle of the boards 33 to 21.

The Dutch pulled down 11 offensive boards, compared to three for Newton.

Pella also excelled at the foul line sinking 16-of-22 shots. From the floor the Dutch were slightly over 50 percent hitting 26-of-51 attempts.

Eight of 11 Pella players who entered the fray scored at least two points.

Guard Anna Vander Waal was the Pella board leader with seven and in assists with five.

Namminga and Van Voorst each had three steals for the Dutch.

The victory put the Dutch at 5-4 overall and at 3-1 in league play.

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

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