The Lady Dee basketball team was short players traveling to Prairie City-Monroe in a late scheduled game Thursday, but came through with a tremendous team effort to win going away, 47-37.

Ayana Thomas, who had a career night against Chariton with 14 rebounds, stayed home awaiting COVID-19 test results from her mother (it was negative). Senior Allison Major got the start at one of the forwards and sophomores Becca Spinler and Paige Kaster stepped up to provide valuable minutes for the Dees inside.

But it was the play of off guards Danica Workman and Halle Hindman, both seniors that sparked the offense. It was also a team defensive effort that cut off scoring from every Mustang player except for Lilli Baird who scored 23 of her team’s 37 points. Celeste Wagaman scored six and Paige Steehoek and Rily Hjortshoj had four each.

Baird was very good in the first half, scoring 15 points and keeping the score knotted at 20-20. But the Dees held her to just eight points in the second half. Albia held the Mustangs to just three points in t he third quarter.

The guard tandem of Workman and Hindman lifted the Dees as leading scorer Sophie Waber was held to just one three-point basket. It just wasn’t Waber’s night to score as Waber got the ball around the rim numerous times but could get the ball to drop.

To add to the Dees thin front court, senior Jenny Jones-Kelly got into foul trouble early, forcing more minutes on to Spinler and Kaster.

Albia held a 6-4 lead, PCM went up 7-6, but Workman stole the ball and scored to give Albia back the lead. A three points and two free throws by Baird gave PCM a 12-8 lead at the quarter.

Two free throws by Steenhoek and another three-pointer by Baird boosted the Mustang’s lead to 17-11, but Albia roared back behind a three-pointer and two free throws by Hindman and a three-pointer with 35 seconds left in the half by Workman, leaving the game in a 20-20 tie.

Workman came out of the half on fire, scoring on a deep two, stealing the ball and scoring and dropping in another three pointer to put Albia up 27-33. Kaster scored from inside to give Albia a 29-33 lead headed into the fourth quarter.

Baird drilled a three to start the final quarter and a basket by Hjortshoj cut Albia’s lead to 31-28. Another basket by Hjortshoj gave PCM a short-lived 32-31 lead with 5:27 left.

From that point on, however, it was the Hindman-Workman show. Hindman hit two three-pointers and two free throws to put Albia up 38-32. Workman hit four free throws to put Albia up 44-32. A PCM three-pointer cut the lead to 44-35, but Workman closed out the game scoring three of four free throws.

Workman scored a career high 19 points, had 6 rebounds, 34 assists and 4 steals. Hindman scored 16 with 12 rebounds, six assists and 2 steals. Major scored four points with 4 boards, Kaster had 3 points and 3 rebounds, Waber had 3 points and Jones-Kelly two.

The Dees move to 2-3 on the season.

For the 0-6 Mustangs, Lilli Baird scored 23 including five three-pointers, Celeste Wagaman had 6 and Paige Steenhoek and Riley Hjortshoj 4 each. Hjortshoj had 10 rebounds.

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