Dees fall to Fairfield, Centerville

LAUREN KALDENBERG looks to pass in the first half against Fairfield. Kaldenberg ended up with five points and pulled down four rebounds for the Lady Dees.

The Albia Lady Dees continued to struggle through adversity. With most of their games and practices postponed last week, the Dees were able to get a game in with Fairfield on Friday, losing 71-14 and Monday against Centerville, falling 65-36.

“There were moments in the Centerville game that we showed glimpses of being a pretty darned good team,” said Coach Katy Dykes. “Friday’s game against Fairfield was a nightmare when we lost Carlie (Ford) with a knee injury and Danica (Workman) with a torn tendon in her ankle.”

Workman was on crutches Monday night against Centerville, but Ford was back on the court with a sleeve on her knee, scoring five points and pulling down two rebounds.

In the Fairfield game, Albia fell behind 25-4 at the quarter break and 50-6 at the half. Workman left the game after scoring four points. Maddy Persons had four and Jenny Kelley came in with some good offensive work in the fourth quarter with four points. Stacie Etcher and Taylor Colwell each had a point. Lauren Kaldenberg and Halle Hindman led the team in rebounding with four each.

The Dees struggled again in the first quarter against Centerville, falling behind 17-4 after the first quarter, but rallied in the second quarter, butting the lead to 12 before trailing 35-18 at the half. “We did not defense the Matthews kid well at all, throughout the game,” said Coach Dykes. “She scored at will, all on driving right toward the basket.” Matthews ended up with 20 points. Taylor Shinn also hurt the Dees with three three point goals and 11 points.

“We had some momentum heading into the half and then came out really flat to begin the third quarter,” said Dykes. “My second level kids came in and gave us a nice spark with better defense and some aggressive takes to the basket.” Albia trailed 59-25 at the end of the third quarter, then won the fourth 11-7.

Persons led the team in scoring with nine points including a pair of three pointers. Ford and Lauren Kaldenberg had five each, Abbie Martin and Halle Hindman four each, Rylee Leshen and Colwell three each, Haleigh McDonald two and Stacie Etcher one.

Kaldenberg led the team in rebounding with four, Leshen, McDonald and Allie Major had three and Person and Ford had two.

“We’re struggling to find consistency and our lack of practice time because of the weather is a real problem,” said Coach Dykes. “At some level, we need to be practicing more than playing games. The weather is frustrating for everyone.”

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