The Glenwood boys basketball team suffered its worst defeat of the season on Friday with a 74-43 loss to Denison.
The Monarchs jumped on Glenwood (12-8 overall, 7-5 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference) early for a 22-10 first-quarter lead and 40-17 at the half in a game they never trailed in. The Monarchs’ 74 points was the second most the Rams have allowed in a single game all season.
Taylor Kaufman led Glenwood with 16 points and Cole Darrow added 13.
Carl Reitz and Matt Reitz led Denison with 15 points each.
Glenwood rattled off 23 straight unanswered points between the second and third quarters to put away Shenandoah 65-38 in Hawkeye 10 Conference basketball last Tuesday.
The win wraps up the southern division title for the Rams. Glenwood is 12-7 overall and 7-4 in the conference.
“That run was the difference,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte. “I thought our intensity turned up, we got good rotation in our press and it really seemed to bother them.”
Glenwood looked as if they were seizing control early, after Drake Ruth’s layup put the Rams up 16-5 with just over three minutes to go in the quarter. But the Mustangs would outscore Glenwood 6-1 over the final three minutes to trim the lead to 17-11 heading into the second frame.
A switch up to the Rams’ “diamond press” forced the Mustangs out of their comfort zone and handed the momentum back to Glenwood. Back-to-back layups, a three-pointer and a dunk by Cole Darrow keyed a Ram swing that saw them close the first half on a 13-0 run. In all, Glenwood outscored Shenandoah 25-6 in the quarter.
“Our defense turned into our offense,” Schulte said. “The tempo was definitely in our favor at that point and they couldn’t get back to where they wanted it.”
It was more of the same in the third quarter. Glenwood scored the half’s first 10 points to go up 52-17 with just under four minutes to go in the third frame. Darrow scored 17 of the Rams’ 23 points in the run and finished with a game-high 28 points.
Schulte substituted freely over the final quarter and a half.
For the game the Mustangs shot 35 percent from the field (14-of-40), turned the ball over 18 times and were edged on the glass 31-25.
“That’s what we want to do,” said Schulte of his team’s statistical dominance. “Tonight was a game we really wanted to be fundamentally sound in and win in all the different categories: rebounding, assists, being solid on defense. And for the most part I thought we did a pretty good job of that.”
Glenwood shot a season-high 54.9 percent from the field (28-of-51).
“That’s pretty good. Anytime you can shoot 45 percent or better from the field, you’re doing some good things,” he said.
The 2010-2011 season marks the first time the conference has awarded north and south division champions since the conference announced it was going to a two division system two years ago. Glenwood was 7-1 against southern division foes this season.
“It feels good,” said Schulte of the clinching the southern division title. “The kids earned it. Today we found out we earned home court advantage in districts, so we were at the top in our district and getting the southern division championship is huge. We’ll take it. We just need to keep improving and get ready for districts.”
Glenwood will host Atlantic in a Class 3A district opener on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.