The Glenwood girls basketball team rang in the new season with a resouding 57-9 victory over Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson last Tuesday.
The Rams scored the first 15 points of the game and never looked back in the dominating season-opening win before a reporter-estimated crowd of 500 in Glenwood.
The win wasn’t the test Glenwood coach Barry Loeffelbein was hoping for but he’ll take it.
“We’re still not sure where we are, we might have to be tested a little bit more this week to know where we are,” Loeffelbein said. “It was a good confidence builder and it gave us a good idea we can score some points if we need too, but we really weren’t tested.”
The Rams opened the game on a 34-4 run and led 42-8 at halftime.
The nine points allowed were the fewest by a Rams’ team in a decade. Just three Yellowjackets scored on the night, led by Jamie Miedl’s six points.
“We’ve been emphasizing pressure defense and getting in faces and getting after the ball and I saw that. We really want to pressure and force turnovers and get out and have that set up our transition.”
Newman scored 14 of her game-high 19 points in the first quarter.
Halie Darrow, Sydney Gutschenritter and Jana King all scored eight points each. Emily Blum chipped in six points.
Loeffelbein pulled his starters early in the third quarter and played all 10 available girls on his roster.
“Everybody played who was healthy,” he said. “It’s good to see everybody get a shot on both ends of the court. We responded well and I saw a lot of good things.”