Three put backs for baskets in a tough shooting first half and Tuesday’s girls basketball game against Davis County might have been Albia’s win. Instead, the Mustangs pulled out a four-point, 41-37 victory in Bloomfield.
The Lady Dees’ improvement from an earlier season 14-point loss in Albia was evident.
Davis County had a seven-point, 18-11, lead in the first half as the Dees struggled to get the ball into the hoop, but they cut the lead to two, 29-27 by the end of the third quarter, then battled basket for basket with the Mustangs to the end of the game.
The trio of officials called few fouls and the game got rough inside, which caused in part some of Albia’s close range misses as girls were bumped and jostled underneath the basket.
“We hurried a number of shots in the first half,” said Coach Katy Dykes. “But our girls didn’t back down and took the physical play to Davis County. Had we done that at Clarke, we may well have won that game. Our defensive effort was really solid.”
Davis County opened with a three-point shot, then Jenny Kelley answered with a two and Ericka Archibald hit a three with 5:38 in the first quarter to give Albia a 5-3 lead.
The Mustangs ran off six straight points before Ayana Thomas answered with a basket to cut the lead to 9-7. A Mustang three-pointer and a two gave the Mustangs a 14-7 lead to end the quarter.
Sophie Waber hit the first basket of the second quarter, then another Davis County three-point shot to boost their lead to 18-11. Waber drained a three, but missed three free throws letting Davis County take a 21-14 lead into the half.
The Mustangs opened up an eight-point lead early in the third quarter before Danica Workman scored on a driving lay-up. A Halle Hindman basket cut the lead to 25-19 and Waber cut the lead to six again with a shot at the 4:20 mark. Davis County scored with 3:36 left in the quarter to make it 29-21, then Albia scored the next six points with Waber, Lauren Kaldenberg and Allison Major all converting to send the game into the fourth quarter with Albia down just two points.
The teams exchanged three-pointers with Archibald shaving the Davis County lead to 36-32, then free throw shooting took over. Thomas converted a field goal to cut the lead to 41-37 with 22 seconds left and Albia missed deep three-pointers before the game ended.
Waber led the Lady Dees with 12 points and five rebounds. Ericka Archibald had six points and two boards. Halle Hindman had four points and nine rebounds with Ayana Thomas scoring four and hauling down eight rebounds. Danica Workman had four points, six rebounds and four assists. Jenny Kelley had three points and four rebounds, Allison Major had two points and two rebounds, Abbie Martin had two boards and Lauren Kaldenberg had two points and a rebound.
The Dees fall to 2-10 on the season as Davis County improves to 7-6. They traveled to Knoxville to meet the conference unbeaten Panthers (14-1) on Thursday, then play Fairfield and Cardinal next week.