Paige Kidney

Paige Kidney comes out to the free throw lane to guard Chariton post Avery Hall.

Chariton used two players to score 53 of their 70 points in a 70-40 victory over the Albia Lady Dees. Sophomores Emma Rector’s 27 points including four three-pointers and Avery Hall’s 26 points and eight rebounds, were just short of sensational in their offensive performances.

But the true tale of the game was the number of Chariton steals and the number of Albia turnovers. The Chargers had 19 steals as Albia tried to force their way through a stingy half-court trapping defense. The Lady Dees had another 17 turnovers that did not result from steals.

Reduce those turnovers to under 20 and the Dees would have found themselves in a competitive game.

The game started out very competitive. With a minute left in the first quarter, the Dees trailed by one, 11-10. Then three straight turnovers with the Chargers converting baskets left the score at 15-11 as the half ended.

The second quarter was a tale of Rector bombing away from outside, hitting four three-point shots and turning that four point lead into an 11-point lead, 34-23. The Dees half court offense worked well at times…once they got the ball across the line. Danica Workman had six first half points, Sophie Waber added five and Ericka Archibald four.

The Dees came out in a box and one defense to stop Rector from scoring from behind the three-point arc and they were effective with Ericka Archibald and Sophie Waber taking turns in Rector’s face. But the Chargers were able to find Hall inside for easy baskets. The lead grew to 19, 49-30 and in the fourth quarter Rector started to dribble drive for easy baskets. Macy Wood and Abby Tuttle each added four points in the fourth quarter and Bailey Shelton had five points, all coming in the second half.

Waber got hot as the game wore on and ended up leading the Dees in scoring with 15 points. She added four rebounds. Workman had eight points, four rebounds and four assists. Abbie Martin had four points, a rebound and a steal. Archibald had four points, five rebounds and an assist. Lauren Kaldenberg had four points, two rebounds and a steal. Halle Hindman had five points, seven rebounds and two assists. Paige Kidney had two points and a rebound. Jenny Kelley had four rebounds, Allison Major had two points and three boards.

Albia actually out-rebounded Chariton 38-28.

“We did a lot of things right,” said Coach Katy Dykes. “Protecting the ball wasn’t one of them. I could lay the steals and turnovers on our guards, but we weren’t getting much support at all from our girls down court.

“We are super fast and athletic, but we’ve got to learn to slow the game down, back out of traps and come up to support each other when teams press us,” she said.

“If we can play as well as we did in the first seven minutes of the first quarter, there’s no reason why we can’t do that for four quarters,” she said.

Albia falls to 0-2 on the season and Chariton improves to 2-2, 2-0 in SCC play. The Dees host Centerville on Friday and Chariton plays Knoxville.

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