Tigers drop opener

Published 12:20 am Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Albert Lea’s Skyler Anderson (1) drives to the basket during the second half Tuesday against Waseca. -- Andrew Dyrdal/Albert Lea Tribune

Waseca rallies past Albert Lea

Waseca led the Albert Lea girls’ basketball team by only four points with five minutes left Tuesday, but rallied past the Tigers 69-54 with help from six-foot center Lexie Ulfers.

Albert Lea’s Skyler Anderson (1) drives to the basket during the second half Tuesday against Waseca. -- Andrew Dyrdal

Ulfers was too much for the Tigers (0-1, 0-0 Big Nine) in the paint, especially after its tallest player — Alyssa Sager — fouled out late in the game.

“We ran out of steam tonight,” Tigers head coach Sean Gillam said. “I’m not disappointed in our effort. We’ve got a lot of young kids who are learning together.”

Sager led the Tigers with 13 points on 3-for-19 shooting and grabbed a team-high five rebounds.

Bryn Woodside scored nine points while Skyler Anderson chipped in eight.

The Bluejays shot 25-for-51 field goals for 49 percent, while the Tigers shot 21-for-77 for 27 percent.

Albert Lea plays again at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights.