The Glenwood girls basketball team rolled to its 14th win of the season on Saturday with a convincing 66-38 non-conference victory over Council Bluffs St. Albert.
The Rams are now 14-5 on the season and 9-2 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference.
Glenwood broke open a 10-10 first quarter tie game with a 25-10 second-quarter run to lead 35-20 at the half. The Saintes couldn’t get closer than double-digits the rest of the way.
Morgan Lucy had 18 points to lead Glenwood. Lexi Moreno and Rachel DeYoung added 10 points each.
Hannah Sneed and Kylie Ferguson led St. Albert with 13 points each.
The Glenwood girls outscored Clarinda 29-16 over the final two quarters to pull away for a 56-39 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory on Thursday.
With the win the Rams complete the season sweep of the Cardinals and improve to 13-5 overall and 9-2 in the conference.
But despite the 17-point margin, it was never easy for the Rams.
Glenwood had trouble finding its rhythm early, scoring just nine points in the first quarter, against the Cardinals defense. The Rams’ seemed to get on track in the second quarter, taking a brief seven-point lead before the Cardinals trimmed the margin to 27-23 at the break.
The Rams came out hot after halftime, and with a little more quickness in their tempo. An 8-4 run put Glenwod out to a 35-27 lead. It wasn’t so much any halftime adjustments as it was simply hitting some shots that allowed the Rams to pull away, said Glenwood coach Barry Loeffelbein.
“We put the ball in the hole, for one thing,” said Loeffelbein. “We got pretty good looks the first half, we just didn’t make them. And we kept working the ball (in the second half) looking for good shots and moving the ball. We didn’t do a whole lot differently, we just tried to look for good shots and put them in the hole.”
The Cardinals rugged defense took its toll on the Rams in a December match up Glenwood won 42-38 that saw the two teams combined for 23 fouls and 25 free throws.
“The last time we played them we had 14 points in the first half and it was a slow, ugly game,” said Loeffelbein. “I told them we weren’t going to play like that again so we wanted to put the pressure on to speed up the game, if nothing else, and if we got good looks from it, great, and if not we’d force the issue and speed the game up.”
Rachel DeYoung’s baseline 16-footer put Glenwood up 42-31 to end the third quarter. The Cardinals would never get closer the rest of the game. For the quarter Glenwood outscored Clarinda 15-8.
The Glenwood defense held Clarinda to a single point over the final 2:13 to seal the win.
Morgan Lucy led all scorers with 17 points for Glenwood. Lexi Fisher and DeYoung added 10 each and Lexi Moreno pitched in nine.
Clarinda was led by Darcy Sunderman with 15 points and Kaylee Buch with 12.