The Pella girls led from wire-to-wire, while the Little Dutch boys rallied from an early deficit – both posting double digit wins over Oskaloosa in a doubleheader heard live on the KRLS2 stream last night. It was a 67-37 win for the Lady Dutch, and an 84-71 decision in favor of the Pella boys.
In the girls game, Pella put four players in double figures – Jasmine Namminga with 17, Madison Naig with 14, Faith Diers with 12 and Anna Vander Waal with 10. But it was a single digit number that was most satisfying to head coach Jerod Garland, who’s team only turned it over nine times.
“That was a number we shared with our girls after the game. We’ve struggled turning the ball over, and we’ve inched under 20 a couple of times, even got it down to 16 in our last game. But we’ve been hoping to get under 10, and it felt really good to only have nine turnovers tonight.”
In the boys game, Oskaloosa drilled four early three-pointers to build a double-digit first quarter lead. The Little Dutch chipped away, and finally tied it with a couple minutes left in the half on a steal and dunk by Parker Elder.
Pella scored 10 of the next 12 points before intermission, led 44-36 at the half, and never trailed again. John Oltman led all scorers with 28 points, Grant Nelson scored 17 and Treyton Sturgeon added 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Little Dutch are 7-2 overall and 3-2 in the Little Hawkeye Conference, while Pella’s girls are 6-4 and 4-1. Both teams are right back in action tonight in Grimes against DC-G. Jon Mohwinkle and Mike Buccheit will call the doubleheader on the KRLS2 stream at www.kniakrls.com, beginning with pregame coverage at 6:00 and the opening tip of the girls game at 6:15.