Faith Diers and Anna Vander Waal

Pella's Faith Diers (left) and Anna Vander Waal (right) during a game earlier this season.

PELLA — The Pella Lady Dutch stepped out of the Little Hawkeye Conference Tuesday night and hosted the Ankeny Hawks of the Central Iowa Metro League. The Dutch were not in all awed by the Class 5A opponent and gave them a battle right down to the wire before falling 54-50.

The Lady Dutch jumped right out to a 16-9 lead after one quarter of play. Reagan Van Wyk led the way with a pair of baskets and a three ball while Kylie Tauke Contributed a triple and Annika Peterson and Jasmine Namminga had an inside basket.

The second quarter was probably the difference in the game as Ankeny ramped up the defensive pressure and Pella did not handle it very well. Several turnovers resulted in points for the Hawks and then to make the situation worse, Ankeny found their range from three-point land. Five three-point baskets in the second period sent the Hawks into halftime with a 29-26 lead.

But Pella was not ready to fold’em just yet. The Dutch battled back to take a 37-36 lead with 43 seconds left in the third stanza on a conventional three-point play by Namminga. But the Hawks hit a pair of free throws to take the lead back going into the final frame.

Twice in the fourth quarter Pella would tie the score, but they were never able to regain the lead. Namminga secured the first tie at 41-41 with an inside basket and Madison Naig hit a free throw to tie the score at 45-45. The Hawks were able to seal the win with 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch.

Naig was the big target for the Hawk defense as they blanketed her for the entire game and held the high-scoring Pella forward to only three points. Van Wyk picked up the slack with a 20-point game, but no other Pella player could crack double figures. Namminga was the closest with eight points.

The Lady Dutch get back into the Little Hawkeye Conference Friday night when they visit the Newton Cardinals.

Ankeny                  9              20           9              16           -               54

Pella                       16           10           11           13           -               50

Pella scoring (FG FTM-FTA Pts) – Reagan Van Wyk 6 4-4 20, Kylie Tauke 2 0-0 5, Faith Diers 2 0-0 5, Jasmine Namminga 3 2-3 8, Madison Naig 1 1-2 3, Annika Peterson 2 0-0 4. Team 16 7-7 50. Three point goals (6) – Van Wyk 4, Tauke 1, Diers 1.

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