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Rams down Creston, 51-34

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The Glenwood girls basketball team got its second Hawkeye 10 Conference win of the season Friday in a 51-34 victory over Creston.
    A quick start, fueled by several steals created by the Rams’ pressure defense,  helped Glenwood jump out to a 17-5 first quarter lead.  
    “We played pretty good. Everybody got in and contributed. It’s always good to get everybody on the floor,” said Glenwood coach Barry Loeffelbein. “We can always shoot a lot better but I thought we executed pretty well defensively except for a short stretch.’
    In that “short stretch” the Panthers’ Chelcee Downings connected on three straight three pointers to close the Rams’ 16 point second quarter lead to just seven at the half.
    “That quick nine points made it a game at half where we probably should have put it away,” Loeffelbein  said. “Other than that little minute and a half, I thought we played pretty good defensively. I like the pressure we’ve been putting on. We just need to be more consistent offensively.”
    Glenwood came out in the third frame on a 10-4 run to wrestle control back and take a  36-23 leading heading into the final quarter.  The Rams finished strong, leading by as many as 20 in the fourth.
    Grace Newman scored 13 and Bailey Starner 12 to lead Glenwood. Halie Darrow and Emily Blum chipped in 9 points a piece.  
    Downing and Natalie Mostek led Creston with nine points each.
    Glenwood improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference.

Lewis Central 43,
Glenwood 39
    Council Bluffs Lewis Central hit its free throws down the stretch to edge Glenwood 43-39 in a non-conference girls basketball match up last Tuesday in Council Bluffs.
    The game was a back-and-forth affair until late. Glenwood actually led early 11-4 but some poor shooting and turnovers resulted in a eight minute first-half scoring drought.
    “We had opportunities,” said Glenwood coach Barry Loeffelbein. “What killed us was we didn’t shoot it well or take good care of the ball. And when it came down to blocking out late, we didn’t and they got three chances at those last couple of free throws and that put us in a hole.”
    Grace Newman led Glenwood with 20 points.
    The Rams’ had no answer for senior forward Aubrey Norville who hit 11-of-14 shots to pace the Titans with 26 points and nine rebounds.
    “We played hard and played with them all the way to the end,” Loeffelbein said. “We shoot a little better and take a little better care of the ball, hopefully we can turn that around when they come to our place.”