OSKALOOSA — Both teams made their return to competition after the winter break on Tuesday night as it looked like it would be a competitive battle early on before Pella would open it up in the second half to pull away and beat Oskaloosa 70-45.
Both offenses had it working early as Presley Blommers was able to drain a couple of threes and the Osky defense forced a couple turnovers. Pella would make a late push of their own, working a nice inside-out game to lead 20-18 after the first quarter.
The Indians held a brief lead in the second quarter before a Faith Diers three and Madison Naig run out layup would give the lead back to the Lady Dutch at 25-21. Pella took a 32-26 lead into the half but Oskaloosa had to feel good about where they were at.
The second half was a different story. The well went dry for Osky offensively while Pella made some adjustments and found a groove.
The Lady Dutch opened up the lead in the second half behind tough man-to-man defense and a combination of hitting the post and driving strong to the rim. Pella would outscore Osky 38-19 in the second half to secure the win.
Naig led the Lady Dutch with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block as she was a steady scorer all night while Diers finished with 13 points. Jasmine Namminga had a huge night off the bench as a post presence, scoring 17 points of her own to go along with nine rebounds and one block.
Pella had a huge scoring advantage from their bench, who outscored Oskaloosa’s bench 29-3 on the evening. They also dominated the glass 42-20.
For the Indians, they were led by Blommers’ 17 points, one rebound, two assists and one steal while Jillian Jennings returned to the lineup with 10 points, two rebounds and two assists.
Oskaloosa (5-5, 1-3 LHC) will hit the road on Friday at 6:15 p.m. when they go No. 14 (5A) Indianola (8-1, 4-0 LHC). Pella (5-3, 3-1 LHC) will host No. 6 (4A) Dallas Center-Grimes (8-2, 2-1 LHC) on Friday at 6:15 p.m.