The Albia Lady Dees faced #4 ranked West Burlington (19-1) Saturday on their home court and fell 62-27. The lopsided loss was bracketed by two solid quarters of play by the 6-14 Dees.
The Falcons jumped to 5-0 lead, but baskets by Allison Major and Jenny Kelley cut the lead to 5-4. Another Kelley basket cut the Falcon’s lead to 10-6, they scored two baskets and Sophie Waber scored a half-court three to cut the lead to 14-9 at the end of the first quarter.
West Burlington played an extremely effect full court press which caused all sorts of problems for the Dees in the second quarter. The Falcons outscored the Dees 15-2 with Halle Hindman converting the only basket.
The Dees were much improved in the third quarter. Danica Workman, Waber and Kelley all contributed baskets as the Falcons fashioned a 12-9 margin, leading 40-22 at the end of the third quarter. The Dees managed just seven points in the fourth with sophomore Peyton Popson scoring the Dees final point on a free throw.
“Our seniors gave us everything they had,” said Coach Katy Dykes. “I can’t tell you how proud I am for the four (Halle Hindman, Jenny Kelley, Allison Major and Danica Workman). We came miles from last year, maybe not winning as many games as we would have liked but becoming competitive in almost every game we played.
“I think they demonstrated to our younger players what it takes to become winners,” said Dykes. “If we get our underclassmen in the the gym shooting and playing in the off season, we are looking at a really bright future.”
Sophomore Sophie Waber led the team in scoring with nine followed by Kelley 6, Hindman and Workman 4 each, Major 2 and Popson 1.
Other regional games
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont lost 60-28 to West Liberty (15-5) setting up a second round regional game against Centerville (17-1).