The Ottumwa Courier

January 5, 2013

Rocket balance downs Albia

ROGER THOMAS
Ottumwa Courier

EDDYVILLE — The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rocket girls used balanced scoring to down the visiting Lady Dees from Albia in SCC basketball action Friday night in Eddyville. Tasha Alexander had 12 points to lead E-B-F but every other starter had six or seven as the Rockets downed Albia 42-31.

“We’ve been balanced in scoring all year,” said E-B-F coach Tony Fenton. “This is a confident group and they all can  lead us.”

Shunyl Busch and Jarrah Jensen started the Rockets off with back to back 3s. Alexander’s basket gave the Rockets a nine point lead at 11-2. They would lead 11-4 after the first.

Katie Dyson had her second early basket to cut the Rocket lead to 11-6 just seconds into the second period. E-B-F used four free throws and two baskets by four different players to push the lead to 20-8 after MaKenzie Jensen scored. Brooke Bettis, for Albia, and Alexander traded baskets to close out the first half scoring.

The visitors would outscore E-B-F 13-12 in the third but that didn’t so much to cut into the halftime advantage held by the Rockets.

Bettis scored two of her game high 10 for the Lady Dees but Busch buried a 3 to push the Rocket lead to 25-12. The visitors scored to pull within 11 but then a change in the E-B-F defense was key. The next two Rocket scores came off steals by the press. All of a sudden, the lead was 29-14.

“Normally we press man but we talked at the half about switching to a different look,” said Fenton.

Over the next few minutes the Lady Dees handled the press and cut into the E-B-F lead. Alexander, who had a slow start to her night, hit a 3 to give the Rockets a 34-18 lead.

Alexander talked about letting the game come to her.

“It’s a little harder now to be patient, since I’ve been injured so long. I just try and not get down and stay ready for every chance that comes to me.”

Albia used two free throws by Cassie Crall and she followed that up with a 3 and the lead was down to 11.

“We started to do a better job af attacking their pressure,” said Albia coach Larry Achenbach. “For a period of time there, we were the most aggressive team.”

The two teams played the final quarter dead even to make the final score 42-31. Twice in the final eight minutes the visitors cut the lead to nine - the first of which was Dyson’s basket before she fouled out. E-B-F responded with three straight baskets to go back up by 15 at 40-25. The visitors went on a 6-0 run to again pull within nine at 40-31. E-B-F closed out the game with two late free throws.

Achenbach talked about the play of his (2-6, 0-3) team.

“I was really pleased with our effort tonight.”

The Lady Dees host Central Lee this afternoon at 2 p.m.

The Rockets (4-4, 3-1) will be back in action Monday when they host 1A 14th-rated Twin Cedars.

E-B-F 42, Albia 31

Albia         4      6  13   8    —    31   

EBF        11     11  12   8    —    42   

Albia (31) — Makenzie Griffin 4, Taegen Bossard 2, Bettis 10, Dyson 6, Crall 7, Jenna McLain 2 . Totals 12-45 6-11 31.

3-point goals — 1-13 (Crall). Fouled out —Dyson . Rebounds — 34 (McLain 10). Assists — 5 (Sarah Clark 3). Steals — 6 (Griffin 2). Blocks — 2 (Dyson, McLain). Total fouls — 15. Turnovers — 25.

EBF (42) — Emma Tanner 7, J. Jensen 7, M. Jensen 7, Alexander 12, Busch 6, Shelby Allgood 3 . Totals 15-41 7-15 42.

3-point goals — 5-18 (J. Jensen, Alexander, Allgood, Busch 2). Fouled out —none . Rebounds — 22 (Alexander 5, Busch 5). Assists — 11 (Tanner 3, J. Jensen). Steals — 10 (Alexander 4). Blocks — none. Total fouls — 13. Turnovers — 19.