It might be awhile before Chariton sophomore guard Emma Rector has a night like she had against the Albia girls on Thursday. Rector tied a Charger record making seven three-pointers (out of nine tries), dished out six assists, had eight rebounds and five steals in Chariton’s 14-point, 54-40 win over the Lady Dees. Rector ended up with 30 points on an 11 for 15 night shooting.
It was a frustrating night for Albia, mostly in the second and third quarters, when they could not contain Rector. “She just had one of those near perfect shooting nights,” said Coach Katy Dykes. Dykes finally went to a double team in the fourth quarter, holding Rector to just one free throw. The Dees responded by outscoring Chariton 14-9 and closed the gap to 12 points in the fourth.
Albia played their best first quarter of the season, letting Chariton jump to a 9-2 lead with Rector scoring seven points, but coming on late with Ayana Thomas, Sophie Waber and Danica Workman contributing shots and a free throw by Jenny Kelley with 1:10 left in the quarter to give Albia a 12-11 lead.
But Rector went off in the second, sparking Chariton to a 17-7 advantage, hitting two threes and stealing the ball with 10 seconds left in the half to give the Chargers a 28-19 lead.
Thomas and Halle Hindman got Albia going in the right direction to start the third quarter, cutting the lead to 30-22, but Rector hit two threes and a deuce to open a 38-22 lead with 3:29 to go. Another three put the Chargers up by 18, 42-24 and a basket by Abby Tuttle created the largest lead of the night, 44-24 before Albia fought back.
With Danica Workman and Ericka Archibald double teaming Rector and the rest of the team playing three on four, the Dees scratched and clawed back to within 13 with two minutes left. Free throws by Workman left the score at 54-40.
The Dees had another night putting up enough shots to win, but not getting enough to go down. They were 12 of 48 from the field, including a three for 12 three-point performance.
The Dees outrebounded Chariton 40-23 and had 20 offensive rebounds.
Workman had one of her best games of the season with 10 points, two rebounds and three assists and just one turnover. Waber added eight points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Thomas had seven points and 10 rebounds and Archibald had six points, two rebounds and three assists.
Hindman contributed four points and two boards, Abbie Martin had three points, Jenny Kelley had two points and Lauren Kaldenberg had five rebounds.