The Ottumwa Courier

November 20, 2012

Off and Running: Albia girls open with win over Cardinal

ROGER THOMAS
Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — The Albia Lady Dees opened the 2012-2013 basketball season with a 47-31 win over Cardinal Monday night in Albia. Both teams will be back in action tonight. Albia will host Pella Christian and the Comets will host Danville.

“This was a pretty typical first game,” said Albia coach Larry Achenbach. “We just wanted to see where we were at in our play.”

Albia took advantage of two early fouls on Comet guard, Lindsay Moore, and raced out to a 15-5 first quarter lead. Post players, Brooke Bettis and Katie Dyson combined for 11 points for Albia in the early going. The Lady Dee pressure also forced 11 Comet turnovers in the opening quarter.

“We want to go to the post and pressure after a score,” said Achenbach. “I thought our defensive intensity was good in the first half.”

Back-to-back baskets by Albia’s Makenzie Griffin upped the lead to 23-7 midway through the second quarter.

The Comets then went on a 9-2 run to pull within 25-16 on a 3 by Mattie Kildow. The last half minute proved disastrous for the Comets. Albia scored five late points to lead 30-16 at the break.

“That was huge,” said Cardinal coach Aaron Dose. “A couple of defensive lapses really hurt.”The low scoring third quarter allowed Albia to lead 36-20 heading to the fourth. After sitting out most of the first half with foul trouble, Moore’s two baskets accounted for the Cardinal points.

Delaney Ridgway opened the final period with a basket for the Comets to pull Cardinal within 36-22. Ridgway would have seven of her 11 points in the period but the play of Bettis and the Lady Dees maintained a comfortable lead as they closed out the 47-31 win.

Bettis would have three consecutive baskets during a three minute stretch and 10 fourth quarter points. She had a game high 19 points.

“I’m only a junior but my experience means my team is counting on me for leadership and games like this,” said Bettis. “I’m experienced for a junior and my team looks to me for leadership and games like this.”

New Comet coach, Aaron Dose, talked about his team.

“I’m new and we are inexperienced so it will take a while for us to create a team identity. We will look to do that on the defensive end of the floor.”

Albia 47, Cardinal 31

Cardinal         5     11   4  11    —    31    

Albia            15     15   6  11    —    47    

Cardinal (31) — Lea Ostrander 2, Moore 6, Ridgway 11, Kildow 6, Lexi Fullenkamp 2, Danae Moses 4. Totals 10-41 9-12 31.

3-point goals — 2-5 (Kildow 2). Fouled out — none. Rebounds — 22 (Ridgway 8). Assists — 4 (Fullenkamp 2, Moses 2). Steals — 13 (Moore 4). Blocks — 3 (Schylar Conger 2). Total fouls — 12. Turnovers — 27.

Albia (47) — Dyson 9, Cassie Crall 2, Kristyn Garver 2, Bettis 19, Griffin 7, Kylie Peterson 3, Taegen Bossard 2, Sarah Clark 3. Totals 20-58 6-10 47.

3-point goals — 1-9 (Griffin). Fouled out — none. Rebounds — 34 (Dyson 10). Assists — 10 (Peterson 3). Steals — 14 (Garver 4). Blocks — 3 (Dyson 3). Total fouls — 13. Turnovers — 21.