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January 6, 2014

Lady Dees use balance to down Oskaloosa

ALBIA — The Albia Lady Dees had four players in double figures and a fifth just one point shy, as they took control late in the opening quarter to down Oskaloosa 63-33 in non-conference girls’ basketball action Friday night in Albia. Coach Larry Achenbach’s squad is off to a 7-2 start.

“We always strive for a balance but tonight was really good,” said Achenbach. “It doesn’t surprise me because we have had different girls lead the scoring on different nights.”

Osky and Albia traded the lead three different times in the opening minutes, but back-to-back 3's by Makenzie Griffin in the final minute gave the Lady Dees an 11-6 lead at the end of one.

“We all have different strengths and I try and find who can score,” said Griffin. “Tonight, we looked to attack the zone from the perimeter.”

Five different Lady Dees hit 3’s in the contest.

A huge Albia second quarter put the game out of reach for the visitors. Albia held the Indians scoreless for the first seven minutes of the quarter and went on a 19-point run during that stretch to lead 30-6 before the Indians scored again. Sarah Clark quickly answered with her second 3-pointer of the quarter for Albia.

“I think my shooting of the three is a strength within my game,” said Clark. “They (Oskaloosa) were packing it in and coach said keep shooting.”

Two things clearly showed the Lady Dees didn’t waste their practice time over the break. Albia created turnover after turnover with their full-court pressure and did a really good job of attacking Osky’s zone defense.

“Really good to see our execution of the things we worked on during the break,” said Achenbach. “I’ve always believed that how you come out of the break has a lot to do with making or breaking the rest of a season.”

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