The Glenwood girls bounced back from a tough loss to Harlan to rout Shenandoah 75-20 on Friday in Hawkeye 10 Conference play.
The Rams (7-3 overall, 6-1 in the conference) amassed a 41-12 halftime lead before shutting out the Fillies 19-0 in the third quarter. Glenwood held Shenandoah to just eight points after halftime.
Lexi Fisher led 10 Glenwood scorers with 22 points. Morgan Lucy added 18 and Kierney Motz six. Rachel DeYoung, Lexie Moreno and Molly Bryan all added five points each.
Jourdan Perkins led Shenandoah with six points.
As far as the Glenwood girls have come this season, Tuesday’s showdown with Harlan showed them they still have a little way to go.
With a stifling fourth-quarter defensive effort that held the Hawkeye 10 Conference leading Rams to just two field goals in the final 4:29 and clutch shooting by senior Jacie White, the Cyclones handed Glenwood a 54-45 loss on its home court last Tuesday before a reporter-estimated crowd of 500.
Glenwood coach Barry Loeffelbein said after the game, the loss felt like a win that just slipped through his team’s fingers late.
“I think we certainly could have won this game,” said Loeffelbein. “We had some opportunities, we had the lead a couple times late and we didn’t finish the deal.”
Glenwood lost a similar, closely fought 52-51 game to conference co-leading Kuemper Catholic on Dec. 17.
Against the Cyclones, the Rams started the game with four straight turnovers but still managed to take a two point lead into the second quarter. The lead would remain at two, 22-20 heading into intermission.
But Glenwood would open the second half much like they did the first. Glenwood turned the ball over on four of its first five possessions to hand a two point lead to the Cyclones with just under five minutes to go in the quarter.
A three pointer by Brooke Leinen and a runner by White gave the Cyclones their biggest lead of the game to that point at 32-27. Glenwood trailed 36-30 after the third frame.
“We didn’t start either half very well. That's what I told them (the team),” he said. “We spotted them three or four possessions at the start of each half not taking care of the ball. They're too good to do that.”
The Rams, however, didn't panic. A three pointer and layup by Grace Newman and a steal that led to another layup by Lexi Fisher put Glenwood back ahead at 37-36 with just over five minutes to go in the game.
Glenwood seemed to have turned the momentum tide but a turnover led to another Leinen three pointer, her fourth of the game, and another turnover and White layup put the Cyclones out for good at 42-37 with 4:41 to go.
Fisher's layup to make the score 42-39 with 4:29 left was Glenwood's last field goal until Morgan Lucy banked in a rebound with 27.7 left in the game.
The under-sized Cyclones used a compact 2-3 zone defense to stymie the bigger Rams inside play. Lucy, a 6-foot-3 junior center and the Rams' leading scorer on the season, scored 11 points but got little inside help from her teammates. Newman led the Rams with 16 points.
“We didn't score, didn't take advantage of what we had, we didn't play aggressive and we gave them way too many offensive put backs,” he said. “We had shots, we just didn't knock them down.”
The game was rare non-league contest between the two teams. The Hawkeye 10 Conference went to north and south divisional play this season, meaning of the Rams' two match-ups with the Cyclones this season, only the Jan. 28 contest at Harlan counts in the league standings. Loeffelbein already has it marked on his calender.
“We are very much looking forward to that game,” the coach said.