“When the game is like it was at the half, we just want and expect our girls to compete. I think we did that,” said Osky coach Steve Kaisand.
The final half was more competitive with Albia enjoying a seven-point advantage to close out the game. The visitors adjusted some to the Albia pressure and the Lady Dees’ half-court defense.
“We have had problems inbounding the ball against the press,” said Kaisand. “I think, in the second half, we really played a lot more aggressive against the press and on offense.”
Clark opened Albia's final-half scoring with her third 3-pointer, opening the lead out to 36-10 three minutes into the third.
Alexis Westercamp scored six points to lead the Indians in the quarter. Mary Shepard and Hayley Hudson came off the bench to each contribute three points for the Lady Dees in the final two minutes of the quarter. Hudson hit a 3-pointer and Shepard scored an old-fashioned three-point play.
The final five minutes of the third was played nearly even and the visitors trailed 47-20 after three.
The Albia lead would never be less than 22 in the final eight minutes. Seven different players scored for the Lady Dees. One of those was Katie Dyson, who was still in the game controlling the lane as she finished off her nine-point, 13-rebound night.
“When I got through the first half with only one foul, I knew that I could be more aggressive on the boards and looking to score,” said Dyson.
Asia Laudermilch led the Indians with seven final-quarter points, including five from the free throw line. Oskaloosa (1-6) returns to Little Hawkeye Conference play tonight at home against Grinnell.
Albia, meanwhile, is also back home tonight for a return to conference play. The 7-2 Lady Dees host 4-3 Davis County as Albia looks for a fifth-straight victory.