It was a successful weekend for a leg-weary Lady Dee basketball team. With two straight wins under their belt against Chariton and PCM, the Dees ran out of gas against league-leading Centerville Friday before beating Twin Cedars handily Saturday, running their record to 3-4 on the season.
“That gives us two more wins this year than the past two combined,” said Coach Katy Dykes. “Even though we lost badly to Centerville, the girls showed tremendous grit, playing shorthanded on really tired legs against a tremendous Centerville team.”
The Dees varsity played its third straight game without top rebounding forward Ayana Thomas (COVID-19 restrictions) and it showed Friday when the Dees faced a Centerville front line of 6’0”, 6’0” and 6’2.”
The Redettes jumped to an 11-2 first quarter lead and were up 28-12 at the half, even though Halle Hindman and Sophie Waber kept the Dees close. It was virtually impossible for Albia’s front line to work against Centerville.
Coach Dykes kept the team on the court at halftime showing them how she wanted them to defend and attack that huge front court and it worked for a while. Three-pointers by Danica Workman and Waber cut the lead to 10, 28-18 and the Redettes led 38-22 at the end of the quarter.
But an exhausted Lady Dee entered the fourth quarter and didn’t score until the final basket. Leading by 26 with three minutes left, Centerville Coach Nick Belloma apparently thought the Dees had one last run in them and left his starting five (including all three six-footers) on the court until the final buzzer.
The final score was 55-24.
Waber led the team with 9 followed by Hindman with 8 and 6 boards, Workman with 6 points and 3 rebounds and Kaster with 1 point and 2 boards.
For Centerville Claire Mathews scored 12, Rachel George 11, Mickey Stephens and Claire George 9 each, Kyla Moore 8 and Abby Drew and Allison Casteel 3 each.