Anna Vander Waal

Pella's Anna Vander Waal (right) defends Oskaloosa's Addi Carter (left)

PELLA — Back from the winter break, Oskaloosa and No. 11 (4A) Pella took the floor for the first time in the new year on Tuesday as they resumed Little Hawkeye Conference action with both teams coming into the game with 6-2 records. But it was the Lady Dutch asserting their will on both ends of the floor early on and not looking back in a 78-37 victory over the Indians.

“The whole night started with our defensive pressure really from the opening tip,” Pella head coach Blaine Forsythe said. “Just really proud with our girls, we executed our press and were able to put Osky in some uncomfortable situations and it really led to good offense for us. Praise the girls for their attention to detail over break and just on the scout of Osky. Just really proud of how they handled that and came out, didn't have a letdown from Christmas break and just executed at a high level.”

The turnover bug bit Oskaloosa from the start as Pella’s aggressive press and defense led to 20 Lady Dutch steals on the night. An Anna Childerston layup pushed Pella to a 9-0 three minutes into the game with the run continuing with Anna Vander Waal’s layup just before the buzzer giving Pella a 28-6 lead going into the second quarter. The two Anna’s combined for 21 of those 28 points in the first quarter.

Pella would eventually lead 48-18 at the half and enjoy a running clock and would empty the bench in the second half.

Pella would shoot 44% from the floor and go 10-of-22 from deep with 21 assists while controlling the glass with 17 offensive rebounds.

Vander Waal would lead the way on both ends with 19 points, one rebound, four assists and six steals.

“We rely a lot on Anna Vander Waal,” Forsythe said. “I think she's really taking ownership of that leadership position. She’s leading our defense and then being the point guard and getting us where we need to be. I’m just really happy for her and her performance tonight on the offensive and defensive ends.”

Kylie Tauke finished with 13 points and three rebounds off the bench while Childerston also scored in double figures with 11 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals. Kennedy Van Vark had a good all-around game with nine points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals.

Oskaloosa was led by Asia Thompson’s 10 points while Presley Blommers added nine points and Aubree Blanco chipped in eight points.

For Pella, it’s their sixth straight win after losing two games back to back early in the season. Their last three wins have seen them score at least 70 points and win by at least 40 points. They will get a much tougher test in their next two games as they will face No. 6 (4A) Dallas Center-Grimes and No. 4 (4A) Grinnell.

“Two really tough teams coming up with DCG in Grinnell,” Forsythe said. “We’re just really excited for the opportunity to play two really good teams and kind of see where we're at and just be able to see the growth that we've made from this season.”

No. 11 (4A) Pella (7-2, 3-1 LHC) will go to No. 6 (4A) Dallas Center-Grimes (7-3, 3-1 LHC) on Friday at 6:15 p.m. while Oskaloosa (6-3, 1-3 LHC) will host No. 7 (4A) Indianola (7-2, 2-1 LHC) on Friday at 6:15 p.m.

Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at cpeters@oskyherald.com or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.

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