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Glenwood girls can’t hold on to 10-point lead

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The Glenwood girls basketball team couldn’t hold onto a 10-point halftime lead and missed six free throws in the final minute in a 33-31 Hawkeye 10 Conference loss to Clarinda on Saturday.

The Rams held the Cardinals to just 13 halftime points in building their 23-13 lead but a dismal second half shooting the ball was the difference, said Glenwood coach Leon Portrey.

“We played pretty pathetically in the second half,” said Portrey, whose team drops to 4-4 overall on the season and 2-4 in the conference. “We couldn’t hit anything and we did not play good basketball. We shot poorly from the field and the line. We didn’t set screens, didn’t find open shots and didn’t take care of the ball. We had some pretty bad practices over break and this game showed it.”

The Rams scored just eight points after halftime and missed all seven of their free throw attempts.

Despite their poor play, Glenwood still had a shot to tie or take the lead four times in the final minute but the Rams missed six free throws and a three-pointer that would have won the game.

“They (Clarinda) played pretty good defense but we had our opportunities to win the game and we didn’t,” said Portrey.

Sophomore guard Ana VanScoy led the Rams with eight points. Morgan Lucy added seven and Tori Kruse six.

Shala Davidson led the Cardinals with 12 points.