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Rams can’t find touch in loss to No. 6 Kuemper

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    Kuemper Catholic used its fast-paced offense and frigid Glenwood shooting to outscore the Rams’ 25-7 in the second quarter in a 77-51 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory on Friday.
    After a first quarter that saw Glenwood score eight straight points and lead 13-12 heading into the second stanza, the Class 2A No. 6 ranked Knights rattled off 10 straight points of their own in a 16-2 run to blow open the game. Kuemper led 37-20 at the half.
    “I felt the first quarter we kind of had them in our game plan, slowing things down and controlling the tempo,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte. “We’re usually on the other end of wanting to speed things up but they’re very quick and very athletic. And they went on runs in that second quarter and opened things up.”
    The Knights used an aggressive, 1-2-2 zone press that backed off into a trapping half court set that gave the Rams’ fits all night. Glenwood just couldn’t seem to solve the Knights’ pressure, forcing up jump shots leading to Knight fast breaks.
    “They extended it too far, we didn’t do a very good job attacking and we didn’t flash as well as we needed too,” said Schulte of the Knights zone defense. “But those are things we’ll try and clean up.”
    Glenwood turned the ball over a season-high 16 times and shot 32.7 percent from the field (18-of-55) and 9-of-21 at the line. Kuemper was better in both categories, turning it over eight times, and shooting 43.5 percent from the field and 17-of-24 at the line.
    “That’s surprising for us, because we’ve been shooting in the 60s (percent) most of the year,” said Schulte. “Tonight, the ball just didn’t go in the hole for us and we kind of struggled at the free throw line. Sometimes you get nights like that and they go on runs like they did.”
    In the final two quarters the Rams never got closer than 14 points as the Knights’ lead swelled to as many as 29.
    The Knights returned all five starters from last year’s team that finished third in the state but were just 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference heading into Friday’s game in Glenwood.
    “They’ve very good.,” said Schulte. We knew we’d have to play an awfully good game tonight to come out and compete and win. Unfortunately they played extremely well and we didn’t play as well as I’d have liked.”
    Taylor Kaufman led Glenwood with 19 points and nine rebounds. Cole Darrow added 15 points.

Glenwood 53,
Red Oak 43
    Taylor Kaufman and Cole Darrow combined to score 46 points in the Glenwood boys basketball team’s 53-43 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory over Red Oak last Tuesday.
    The win lifts Glenwood to 5-1 on the season and 3-1 in the conference.
    Glenwood turned the ball over just eight times and held a 38 to 22 rebounding edge but struggling to find its shooting touch, allowing the Tigers to stay in the game. The Rams shot 12-of-29 at the free throw line and 39.5 percent (19-of-48) from the field.
    Kaufman led all scorers with a career-high 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting. He also added 10 rebounds. Darrow added 19 points and eight rebounds.
    Tanner Johnson led Red Oak with 19 points.