Kylie Tauke

Pella's Kylie Tauke (12) finished with six points for the Lady Dutch

PELLA — When a team shoots 85% in the first quarter and 78% for the first half, they will be very difficult to beat and that is just what the Pella Lady Dutch found out Tuesday night when they hosted the Grinnell Tigers. It wasn’t just easy shots as the Tigers buried eight threes in the first half and three more in the second half. With all of that shooting, the Tigers would get the 35-point mercy rule in effect two minutes into the second half as they coasted to a 78-49 win.

“Our kids played hard,” Pella Coach Blaine Forsythe said. “Our players continue to compete and work hard, no matter what the situation. Grinnell plays at a high level and credit to them for their execution at both ends of the floor. We are learning to play at a higher level for longer stretches and to defend with intensity. We are focused on the process and I look forward to the growth we will make as we move forward this season. Tonight, we had too many turnovers, which takes away shot opportunities. And we just let them get too comfortable in the offensive end.”

Grinnell opened the game with a triple by sharp shooting, Ivy Schmidt, but the Dutch countered with a three ball from Anna Childerston. Then the Tigers ripped off an 11-2 run to take control early. Pella tried to answer with a pair of buckets by Kylie Tauke and baskets by Kennedy Van Vark, Mia Warner and Anna Vander Waal. But the Tigers refused to miss and no ground could be gained. Grinnell doubled the score at 26-13 as the quarter ended.

The second stanza proved to be more of the same as the Tigers blazed away for another 26 points while the Dutch could only put down 11 points. Those points came on a three ball and a drive shot by Reagan Van Wyk and threes from Van Vark and Warner.

Pella was able to score more often in the second half and if fact they outscored the Tigers 14-12 in the final eight minutes, but the game had long been decided.

Schmidt led the Tigers with 20 points and she was the lone Tiger in double digits, but they had several players in the nine, eight and seven-point range. 12 points by Vander Waal paced the Dutch with 12 points, Childerston added nine and Warner and Van Wyk checked in with eight and seven points respectively.

The Lady Dutch are now 7-4 overall and 3-3 in the LHC. Friday night they host the Eagles from Pella Christian and on Tuesday they have a non-conference joust at Des Moines Christian against the Lions.

Grinnell                26           26           16           12           -              78

Pella                      13           11           11           14           -              49

Pella scoring (FG FTM/FTA PTS) – Reagan Van Wyk 3 0/0 7, Anna Childerston 3 0/0 9, Kylie Tauke 3 0/0 6, Kennedy Van Vark 2 0/0 5, Mia Warner 3 0/2 8 Anna Vander Waal 3 4/4 12, Aaliyah Riddick 1 0/0 2. Team 18 4/6 49. Three point goals (9) – Childerston 3, Warner 2, Vander Waal 2, Van Wyk 1, Van Vark 1.

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