Glenwood missed its first 12 shots, went scoreless for the first 10 minutes, found itself down 22-0 midway through the second quarter and never seemed to get into a rhythm in a 56-18 loss to Council Bluffs Lewis Central on Friday.
“We didn’t shoot it well, didn’t defend well, and they shot the ball really well,” said Glenwood coach Barry Loeffelbein. “They came with a lot of pressure and that got to us. We didn’t respond. They played a great game and we didn’t.”
The Rams, who entered the game 7-3 overall and in second place in the Hawkeye 10 standings with a record of 5-1, struggled to find any offensive consistency in game that saw the visiting Titans (8-1 overall, 6-0 in the conference) shoot 48 percent from the field (21-of-43), including 6-of-14 from behind the arc. Lewis Central led 30-7 at the half.
The Rams hit just 8-of-39 from the field while scoring a season-low in points and turning the ball over 20 times.
“They were tough on our outside shooters,” Loeffelbein said. We had some good looks, especially around the elbow and the free throw line against their defense but we just couldn’t hit them. They pressured us a lot on the perimeter and I didn’t do a good job of getting us good looks. We just did not play a good game. They took us out of the game early, which is easy to do when you miss your first 10 or 12 shots. That led to a lot of problems for us on both ends of the court.”
Glenwood had entered the game on a three-game winning streak with wins over conference foes Clarinda, Shenandoah and Denison. Loeffelbein said his team looked like a completely different team against the Titans.
“It was a real downer, after two pretty good ball games, which was surprising because we had been shooting the ball pretty well since Christmas,” he said.
Grace Newman led the Rams with eight points.
Aubrey Norville paced Lewis Central with 19 points and six rebounds.
The Glenwood girls built an 18 point second half lead but had to hang on late for a 48-44 Hawkeye 10 Conference win over Denison last Tuesday.
The Rams (7-3 overall, 5-1 in the conference) led 39-23 after three quarters before the Monarchs closed the gap in the final frame, tying the game at 44-44 inside the final minute. But a short-jumper by Hayley Matthews, off a nice pass from Grace Newman, put the Rams up for good.
Free throws by Newman and Sydney Gutchenritter iced the win.
“We played really well until about the last four minutes and then we got sloppy,” said Glenwood coach Barry Loeffelbein. “They stepped up their pressure, they hit some threes, got some offensive rebounds, and we didn’t do a good job of controlling the game that final four minutes.”
Rachel Koch led the Monarchs with 18 points and Valerie Johnson chipped in 13.