They Lady Dee basketball team played a half of basketball in the Pekin Jamboree last Tuesday, defeating Van Buren 17-7. Playing with the newly introduced 35-second shot clock, the Dees made the buzzer go off twice with solid defense.
Maia Paxton opened the game with a steal and a pass to Sophie Waber for the first two points of the game and then Waber scored again off a Warrior turnover. Lexie Jones made it seven straight with a three-pointer along the base-line.
Van Buren’s first two points came with 3:25 left in the quarter and then cut the lead to 7-4 before Paige Kaster got her first bucket of the quarter to give Albia a 9-4 lead.
A three-pointer by Van Buren to start the second quarter would be the last field goal they would score against an aggressive Lady Dee defense. Kaster dominated the inside, scoring to put the team up 11-6. Junior Avery Major worked hard on the inside and didn’t get much payoff in points, missing four free throws. “You can see what the potential is when Avery finds her range inside and on the line,” said Coach Katy Dykes.
Juliana Brown hit from 17 with 2:38 left to boost the score to 13-7, Kaster scored her sixth point with a rebound and a bucket to make it 15-7, then Jones and Waber added free throws to create the 10-point margin.
Albia got to scout future opponents, Cardinal, Sigourney and Moravia in the jamboree.