Area roundup: Indians drop a pair of close games to Warhawks

Feb. 7—Girls Basketball

No. 13 (2A) North Mahaska 55, Oskaloosa 50

OSKALOOSA — North Mahaska made a short trip over to face Oskaloosa for the first time since 2020. The Warhawks were able to come away with a 55-50 victory over the Indians to win their sixth straight game in the series.

It was a back and forth first half as North Mahaska held a 19-17 lead going into halftime. Neither team was able to pull away as the scoring increased in the second half with the Warhawks outscoring Osky 21-16 in the fourth quarter to hold on for the win.

Dasia Foster garnered another double-double for the Indians with 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and five blocks. Kassie Johnson also had a strong game with 17 points, six rebounds, one assist and two steals.

Oskaloosa (10-9, 3-8 LHC) wraps up the regular season at home against No. 8 (4A) Norwalk (16-4, 8-3 LHC) on Friday at 6:15 p.m.

No. 13 (4A) Pella 56, Indianola 46

INDIANOLA — The Lady Dutch came away with a nice bounce back win at Indianola on Tuesday night.

Pella built a 27-14 lead at the break before Indianola tried to cut into the deficit with the Lady Dutch matching a 20-20 fourth quarter to finish off the win.

Abby Warner had a big game with 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals while Kennedy Van Vark also finished in double figures with 16 points, six rebounds, one assist and two steals.

"This was a huge bounce back win for our team," Pella head coach Blaine Forsythe said. "I am so proud of the stretch that our girls have put together and how resilient this bunch has been over this six-game stretch. I thought our seniors did a great job of leading us and setting the tone. We continue to get closer to putting together a full 32 minutes. I thought our players showed great fight and grit throughout the entire game."

No. 13 (4A) Pella (15-5, 8-3 LHC) finishes off the regular season on Friday at 6:15 p.m. when they host No. 4 (4A) Dallas Center-Grimes (17-3, 11-0 LHC).

No. 4 (4A) Dallas Center-Grimes 57, Pella Christian 35

GRIMES — The Eagles faced their third straight ranked opponent on Tuesday with a tough trip at No. 4 (4A) Dallas Center-Grimes.

PC was hanging with the Mustangs early as they trailed 16-11 after the first quarter. DCG proceeded to increase the lead to double digits by halftime and eventually to 20 after the third quarter.

Maggie Heinen led the Eagles with 11 points and two rebounds while Rachel Kacmarynski added nine points, 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks.

Pella Christian (8-12, 3-8 LHC) has one more regular season test on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. when they travel to Indianola (5-15, 5-6 LHC).

Boys Basketball

North Mahaska 56, Oskaloosa 53

OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa and North Mahaska went back and forth in an exciting non-conference game on Tuesday night.

The was close the entire way with the Warhawks leading 33-29 at halftime. The game stayed that close with Oskaloosa tying things up at 50-50 late in the game before North Mahaska finished on a 6-3 run to win it.

Nolan Anderson led North Mahaska with 24 points and seven rebounds while Asher DeBoef added a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Indians were led by Max Roach's 21 points, four assists and three steals. Gus Bunnell also finished with a double-double of 13 points, 12 rebounds, two assists one steal and three blocks.

Oskaloosa (3-15, 2-9 LHC) returns to conference play on Friday at 7:45 p.m. when they host Norwalk (14-3, 8-1 LHC).

Pella 54, Indianola 51

INDIANOLA — The Dutch snapped a brief three-game losing streak on Tuesday with a close win over Indianola.

The Indians held a two-point at the half but Pella would use a 16-10 fourth quarter to come away with the victory.

Cameron Rowe led the Dutch with 17 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists while Jack McGuire had a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Pella (11-7, 6-4 LHC) wraps up conference play on Friday at 7:45 p.m. at Dallas Center-Grimes (15-3, 10-1 LHC).

Dallas Center-Grimes 69, No. 5 (2A) Pella Christian 48

GRIMES — Pella Christian's last loss before they rattled off six straight wins was against Dallas Center-Grimes. The Mustangs would bookend PC's win streak on Tuesday night.

PC got off to a slow start in the first quarter trailing 13-6. The two teams saw offensive explosions in the second quarter, both scoring 21 points as DCG held a 34-27 halftime lead. While the Mustang scoring continued in the third quarter, the Eagles' offense slowed and they found themselves trailing 55-36 heading to the fourth.

DCG would shoot 54% overall and 9-of-19 from three while Jackson Green led the four Mustangs in double figures with 22 points.

No. 5 (2A) Pella Christian (15-5, 7-4 LHC) will look to bounce back on Thursday at 7:45 p.m. at Indianola (1-16, 1-10 LHC) to wrap up their regular season.

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