Parker Elder

Pella's Parker Elder (23) had 14 points on Friday

PELLA — The Newton Cardinals invaded the Pella High gymnasium Friday night in search of their first win over the Dutch in several years. The Cardinals brought some long range gunners and a much improved team, but it was not enough as the Little Dutch used tough defense and a balanced offense to send the Cards home smarting after a 69-55 loss.

Pella jumped out to a 6-0 lead behind a free throw by Parker Elder, a slashing drive through the middle by Noah Allen and a three ball by Karl Miller. The Cardinals tied the score with a pair of threes by Brody Bauer and Jake Ingle.

The Dutch defense quickly reigned in the Newton long range artillery and went on to post a 14-8 advantage after one quarter of play. The final 8-2 run was fueled by a long ball by Elder, an inside bucket by Preston Rowe and a conventional three-point play by Luke Hardman.

In the first five minutes of the second stanza, Pella set the tone for the game with a 15-4 run to open up a 29-12 lead. Hardman kicked that run off with another three-point play on the inside, Keegan Hansen knocked down a pair of free throws, Elder and Miller each drove to the hoop for two and Miller added a three-point play on the inside. Elder nailed two more free throws and Allen notched another free throw in the run. The Cards attempted to rally, but they couldn’t gain much traction as Pella went into intermission with a 31-17 lead.

The Pella defense kept the heat on in the second half as they built a 50-35 margin after three quarters and coasted to a 69-55 win.

A balanced offense was huge for the Dutch as they had four players in double digits and two more with nine and eight points respectively. Elder and Miller led the way with 14 points each, while Rowe chipped in with 12 and Hanson added 10 points. Hardman checked in with nine points and Allen put down eight points.

“The defense was the key tonight,” Pella Coach Derek Schulte said. “We contested every shot and we were able to score points off of big defensive plays. The team did a great job of adjusting on defense and were able to control the Newton long range game. We did a nice job on the glass and won the rebounding battle. I was very pleased with the balance our offense showed. To have six players with eight or more points is always good”.

Pella with host Knoxville in a Marion County shoot out Tuesday night for their final competition before the holiday break.

Newton                8             9             18           20           -              55

Pella                      14           17           19           19           -              69

Pella Scoring (FG FTM/FTA PTS) – Luke Hardman 3 2/2 9, Noah Allen 3 2/6 8, Chase Lauman 0 2/2 2, Preston Rowe 5 1/5 12, Karl Miller 5 3/3 14, Keegan Hansen 2 6/6 10, Parker Elder 5 2/5 14. Team 23 18/29 69. Three Point Goals (5) – Elder 2, Hardman 1, Rowe 1, Miller 1.

*Pella stats were not available at press time.

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