Too many turnovers and a sizable physical mismatch placed the Albia girls in a deep hole against Centerville Friday night, leading to a 75-39 loss. The Redettes 1-3-1 trapping press led to 19 steals and forced about 30 turnovers for the Dees who fell behind 22-9 in the first quarter.
As the undersized Dees fought back, the game turned into a bit of a brawl.
The Redettes had another 22-9 advantage in the second quarter, using the brute force of 6’1” Caitlyn Krull and 6’0” sisters Rachel George and Claire George to power through the lane against much smaller, much lighter Lady Dee players.
Albia came out of the half with a much improved effort, losing the quarter battle by two, 16-14 before Centerville outscored them 15-7 in the final frame.
Junior guard Claire Matthews led Centerville with 17 points. Krull had nine points and seven boards. Claire George had five points and five rebounds and Taylor Shinn led the Redettes with 13, nine coming on three-pointers.
To Albia’s credit, Centerville outrebounded the Dees by only two, 44-42.
Halle Hindman and Ericka Archibald led Albia with 11 points each. Hindman had seven boards before fouling out early in the fourth quarter. There was a substantial disparity in fouls with Albia whistled for 26 and Centerville 19. Abbie Martin and Danica Workman also fouled out. Albia was 9 of 19 from the free throw line while Centerville converted 21 of 34.
Sophie Waber added eight points including two three-pointers, Allison Major had seven points and seven boards. Lauren Kaldenberg had four rebounds, Jenny Kelley three and Martin two. Workman had two points and seven rebounds with three assists and two steals before fouling out.
Centerville moves to 2-3 on the seson and Albia falls to 0-3.