Dees shooting woes continue

SENIOR CARLIE FORD was a bright spot scoring for Albia against Davis County, finishing with nine points. Here she maneuvers inside against the Mustangs.

The Albia Lady Dees offensive woes continued as they dropped three games Thursday, Friday and Monday.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks with the weather,” said Coach Katy Dykes. “We haven’t had a chance to practice as much as we normally would, so that has affected our shooting as well as our conditioning.”

Albia fell 59-20 to Davis County, scoring just three points in the first and fourth quarters and four in the third. Carlie Ford was the bright spot offensively, scoring nine points. She also had six rebounds. Lauren Kaldenberg led the team in rebounds with nine. She added a point. Allison Major had a strong showing off the bench with three points and six rebounds. Rylee Leshen had two points and six rebounds. Halle Hindman had two points, Abbie Martin had two and Taylor Colwell one.

Davis County (7-12) was led by Shelby Motykowski’s 13 points and 11 rebounds. Sophie Spargur had 10 points and Bailea Yahnke 10.

On Friday the team traveled to Keota and had one of their best quarters of the season, leading at one time 7-1 and finishing with a two-point deficit, 9-7. Then the team went scoreless in the second quarter as Keota ran away to a 24-7 lead. Albia came back in the fourth quarter with 14 points to wind up losing 49-26.

Leshen led the team in scoring with eight points on a pair of three-pointers. Ford had seven points. Kaldenberg had two points and four rebounds, McDonald had two points and four rebounds, Taylee Wolfer scored four, Colwell three. Stacie Etcher had four rebounds.

Addison Sprouse scored 18 to lead Keota and Paige Thompson had 14.

The Dees played one of the best teams they have seen all season in 16-3 Sigourney and fell 60-26.

Juniors Lauren Kaldenberg and Haleigh McDonald battled hard against a huge Sigourney front line. Kaldenberg had four points and seven rebounds and McDonald had four points and eight rebounds. Colwell led the team in scoring with eight points, Maddy Persons scored six and Leshen had three points and three rebounds. Jenny Kelly added two points and two rebounds.

Ford reinjured her left knee and didn’t play in the second half.

“The biggest takeaway from Sigourney is that our kids never gave up. Even when Carlie went down with an injury and we were down by 40 points at the half, they came back out on the court and hit four or five threes then held Sigourney to 15 points in the second half while scoring 20 points. We won the second half of a game after being down 46-6 going into half. I challenged the girls to continue to play, and they did. It’s hard and can be discouraging when you have a season like this, but these kids are learning what hard work and perseverance look like. These types of lessons may not feel that meaningful right now, but they will be part of what makes these kids successful in the future.”

The Dees have a make-up game with EBF on Thursday before traveling to PCM on Saturday for the first round of regional play.

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