Torie LeQuatte hit a three-pointer with seven seconds remaining in overtime as the Norwalk girls knocked off Pella 50-48 in the first game of a doubleheader heard live on www.kniakrls.com last night. In the nightcap, the Warrior boys took out the Little Dutch 66-49.
Pella’s girls trailed almost the entire night, falling behind by nine at halftime, cutting the deficit to two in the third quarter, but then seeing the margin balloon back to nine later in the frame. Grace Held’s running three-pointer at the third quarter buzzer sparked a Lady Dutch rally that saw them take a 43-41 lead with under a minute to play.
Miranda Hughes, who led all scorers with 20 points, flipped in a game-tying shot with :30 left, and Held and Kara Wichhart each missed potential game-winners in the final seconds of regulation.
Pella went 1-of-6 at the free throw line in overtime, but took a one point lead when Erica Bossard knocked down a jumper with 15 seconds remaining. The Warriors raced down the floor, and LeQuatte, who had made just 2-of-21 from distance on the season, buried the pivotal shot. The Lady Dutch got one last chance, but Chloe Van Vliet’s attempt just before the buzzer was blocked underneath the basket.
Pella coach Jerod Garland was happy with the way his team rallied in the second half, but he says that he didn’t have them ready to go early enough in the game.
“I thought we fought really hard, and I thought that the intensity that we had starting close to the fourth quarter, we needed to have that effort and intensity for the whole game. They were out-working us on the boards for a lot of the game and getting to loose balls for a lot of the game. We just kind of turned it up a little bit too late tonight.”
Emily Holterhaus led Pella with 19 points and 13 rebounds. The Lady Dutch fall to 11-7 overall and 5-6 in the Little Hawkeye Conference.
The Pella boys are also 5-6 in the LHC and 10-7 overall after their loss to the Warriors.
Norwalk used a late first quarter run to open up an 18-7 lead, and the Little Dutch never got back within single digits. The Warriors hit 11 three-pointers on the night, including six from reserve Tyler Johnson, who scored a game high 18 points.
Pella’s only double figure scorer was Landon Vander Leest, who tallied 13.
Both the Little Dutch and Lady Dutch will head to Newton on Friday night.