Edgewood-Colesburg’s girls’ basketball team played one of its most complete games of the season, defeating Alburnett, 41-31, in Edgewood, Jan. 7, to improve to 5-6 on the season after dropping a road decision to Central City earlier in the week.

The Vikings played with a purpose in front of a nice Friday night crowd and picked up a solid Tri-Rivers win over an improved Alburnett team.

“We came out with a lot of energy on both sides of the ball,” said coach Steve Putz. “Defensively, we knew they wanted to get the ball to the middle or inside first. The girls did a great job all night making that hard for them.”

The Vikings head to a week featuring a pair of neighborhood rivalries with a busload of momentum after beating Alburnett and finishing strong at Central City.

“I felt we played consistently offensively for four quarters, being ahead by five at the half and winning by 10,” Putz said. “It was a good conference win for us and will help our confidence going into next week with games with Stamont and Maquoketa Valley.”

Ed-Co’s scoring leaders against Alburnett were: Ella Aulwes 12, Addy Kirby 10, Audrie Helmrichs seven, Claire Aulwes and Ellie Kirby six.

Coming out of the holiday break, Ed-Co fell behind 15-2 to end the first quarter, and trailed 30-7, after a half, at Central City, Jan. 4. But there’s no quit in the Vikings, who managed to make a game of it, outscoring the Wildcats 28-14 in the second half in a 44-35 loss.

“We came out slow offensively,” Putz said. “We got good looks for three quarters, but it was one of those games where the ball would not go through the hoop.”

Putz was pleased with the way his team competed, regardless of the situation.

“I was happy with the girls’ attitude for the whole game even though we struggled shooting. They managed to put together a 24-point fourth quarter to make it a nine-point game. Defensively, we did a good job sticking with the game plan and held their leading scorer to seven points.”

Ed-Co hit 13-of-62 field goals (21%), including 3-of-25 three-pointers, and 6-of-15 free throws (40%). The Vikings turned the ball over 21 times.

Ed-Co’s statistical leaders against Central City were: scoring — Ella Aulwes 15, Helmrichs 10, Addy Kirby eight, Mikayla Thein and Reagan Stelken one; rebounds — Helmrichs 14, Stelken nine, Ella Aulwes and Addy Kirby four, Ellie Kirby three, Schyler Meyer two; assists — Ella Aulwes and Thein two, Addy Kirby, Stelken and Reghan Steger one; steals — Ella Aulwes five, Addy Kirby three, Thein two, Helmrichs and Stelken one.