Rams can’t hold on in season-opening loss

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

COUNCIL BLUFFS - The Glenwood girls led by as many as 10 in the first half but couldn’t put a scrappy Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson away in a 48-42 season-opening loss last Tuesday in Council Bluffs.


The Rams led for most of three and a half quarters before the Yellowjackets put together a 8-0 fourth quarter run to take the lead for good.

Glenwood coach Katy Bowen said felt she felt like this victory slipped through her team’s fingers.

“We didn’t take good care of the ball, we didn’t get the rebounds when we had the chance,” Bowen said.

All night the T.J. press hounded the Rams into turnovers and a quicker pace than they prefer. Yet, Glenwood found itself ahead 25-15 late in the half before a Yellowjacket three-pointer cut the lead to eight at the half.

In the third frame, T.J. ramped up its pressure, forced the Rams into three turnovers on their first four possessions and cut the lead to 34-33 with just over two minutes to go.

Glenwood held a narrow 36-35 lead into the fourth and then went up 40-35 on a Brielle Smith layup with 5:23 to go.
But, following a timeout, the Yellowjackets would respond. Three pointers by Tyra Conti and Anna Larson, sandwiched around Lateah Willie’s 16 footer, sparked an 8-0 spurt to give T.J. their first lead since the early minutes of the game.
Bowen saw the makings of the momentum shifting run but decided not to call a timeout to break the streak. It was a decision she was still struggling with after the game.

“I did, I thought about calling a timeout,” Bowen said. “It’s tough because you think maybe they can play through it but we didn’t and maybe I should have called a timeout a little sooner. It was either let them play or try and stop it and we couldn’t stop it.”

Bowen did eventually call a timeout to settle her team but the damage was done. The Yellowjackets never trailed again.
Glenwood had their chances over the final stretch but turned the ball over six times and could manage just one field goal – a 19-footer by Hardcastle with 1:20 to go – over the final 2:20.

“We adjusted to their defense in the first half but in the second half they made some adjustments we didn’t handle,” Bowen said. “We kept going to the same spots and their defense put us in some bad situations and we were kind of hiding. There are definitely things we need to clean up.”

The Yellowjacket press gave the Rams fits most of the nights. In their trapping 1-2-2 press, passing windows that looked open closed quickly with batted balls and tight lanes.

“They shift and do a really good job,” Bowen said. “It’s a press but they do a really good job of constantly changing and we weren’t able to adjust to that. We did a lot of the same mistakes over and over and we never adjusted.”

Nikki Schuppan led the Rams with 12 points. Elle Scarborough added 8 and Hardcastle and Brooklyn Taylor six each.

Bowen played nine in the opener and experimented with several different lineup combinations. While she said she does have her rotation down to a top seven she will continue to tinker with it early in the season.

“We’re trying to figure out where everybody fits best and what lineups gives us the best look,” she said.

Willie led Thomas Jefferson with 12 points and Allison Schubert added 10.