OSKALOOSA—The Indians girls and boys varsity basketball teams were both in action this past Friday for a home Little Hawkeye Conference double-header against Pella in front of a near capacity crowd. The girls fell 62-51, and the boys were defeated 79-68.
The Pella girls came into the night’s action with two consecutive wins against Newton and Norwalk and with an overall record of 10-8 and 7-4 in the Little Hawkeye Conference. The Indians came in 1-16 and 0-11 in conference play.
Pella came in averaging 49 points and shooting 36%, while Oskaloosa was averaging 32% and 35 points per game.
Jillian Jennings was out of the lineup with an illness, so freshman Pressley Blommers got the start, along with Macie Krier, Mary Nelson, Amanda Fay, and Kaylee Johnson.
Oskaloosa held Pella in check in the first quarter, up until the Dutch went on a 5-0 run to end the quarter to lead 17-8.
Pella added a 10-0 run and outscored the Indians 14-7 in the second quarter, as Blommers scored the first of her five total 3-pointers in the game. Pella’s Madison Naig scored 7 straight points in that quarter.
Bloomers scored two more threes in the third quarter, But Naig stayed hot shooting as well, as she hit her third from the arc, from which she usually only shoots 19%. The Indians trailed 44-28 after three quarters.
In the final quarter Oskaloosa was able to pull within ten points on two occasions, while netting five 3-pointers, incuding two by Blommers, two consecutive by Nelson and one by Krier. But the Dutch ran out the clock in the waning couple of minutes to secure the victory 62-51.
Freshman Pressley Blommers had a career-high 19 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the offense. Amanda Fay had 11 points, Mary Nelson and Kaylee Johnson each had 6, Aubrey Blanco had 4, Macie Krier had 3 and Addi Carter added 2.
Madison Naig scored 21 to lead the Dutch, while Reagan Van Wyk scored 13 and Jasmine Namminga added 9.
The Oskaloosa girls will play next at Indianola tonight.
Pella came into the night’s action having previously beaten the Indians 84-71 back on January 13 at Pella. Xavier Foster suffered a concussion late in that game.
Oskaloosa went with an all-senior starting five with Xavier Foster, Reece Sarver, Iszac Schultz, Colton Butler and Noah Van Veldhuizen.
The Indians got a 33-point performance by the 7-foot senior, Foster.
The first two quarters saw a lot of see-saw action between the Indians and the Dutch, with both teams tied 36-36 at halftime. The Dutch had held Foster to only 5 points in the second quarter.
The Indians came out of the halftime break strong and ran away to an 8 point lead against Pella, but the Dutch battled back in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Indians 26-16, to ultimately secure the 79-68 win.
Foster added 12 rebounds, 2 steals and a blocked shot to his game high 33. Noah Van Veldhuizen, Keaton Flaherty, and Iszac Schultz each had 8 points.
Logan Shetterly led the Dutch offense with a team-high 21 points. John Oltman had 20 points and Treyton Sturgeon added 12.
The Dutch are now 8-4 in LHC action, and the Indians are now 6-11 overall and 1-10 in the LHC. The Indians will be on the road against Indianola tonight.