DES MOINES - Glenwood, so hot shooting the basketball in its regional championship win over Winterset last week, went ice cold in the second quarter of its opening round game of the Iowa Girls State Tournament Tuesday night and Davenport Assumption took advantage.
The defending state champion Knights used aggressive, full-court man-to-man defense to harass Glenwood into its worst shooting night and lowest scoring output of the season on their way to a 54-41 victory at Wells Fargo Arena.
“We let them get in our head a little bit and our offense suffered,” Glenwood coach Barry Loeffelbein said after the game.
Glenwood led 12-8 after a quarter, but that’s when the Knight turned
up the pressure. In its first 11 possessions of the second quarter,
Glenwood missed six shots and turned the ball over five times.
Meanwhile, Davenport Assumption couldn’t seem to miss in the second
quarter. They hit five of their first six shots, including a pair of
threes by Danielle Moore and another by Mary Kate Fennelly as part of
a 16-2 second quarter run.
Glenwood went without a field goal in the frame with its only two
points coming on a pair of Lexi Fisher free throws. The Rams missed
all 10 of their first half threes and shot 4-of-21 from the field in
the opening half.
“We didn’t get good opportunities and didn’t take great care of the
ball the first half,” Loeffelbein said.
The Knights, who took a 24-14 lead into intermission, picked up right
where they left off in the third quarter, rattling off nine straight
points and holding Glenwood without a field goal until Morgan Lucy
scored on a layup with 4:41 to go in the quarter.
The Rams went without a field goal for nearly 13 minutes during their scoring drought in the second and third quarters.
“It seemed longer,” Loeffelbein said. “We couldn’t get anything
going. We tried to call plays but we weren’t executing and we weren’t
all on the same page. We got off our game, there’s no question about
Assumption pushed their lead to 36-16 on Jasmine Binion’s lay up with
4:09 to go.
But Glenwood wouldn’t fold so easily. A pair of layups by Lucy and a
Grace Newman three-pointer keyed a 11-0 Ram run to trim the Rams’ deficit to
36-27 with just over a minute to go in the third quarter. Glenwood,
however, would get no closer.
Assumption’s 10-2 run to open the fourth quarter all but ended the
Rams’ hopes and brought their historic season to an end.
Loeffelbein was proud of his team and how they rallied in the third
quarter, even if they couldn’t quite complete the comeback.
“We could have folded up the tent and got beat by 35 and mailed it
in,” he said. “But we got back in it, got it down to single digits. We
just couldn’t hit a shot when we needed to. I’m proud of the girls and
their effort. They gave everything they had.”
For the game Glenwood finished 11-of-43 from the field (25.6
percent), including 2-of-17 from behind the arc. The Rams also turned
the ball over 16 times, six more than their season average.
The Knights shot only slightly better from the field (35.6 percent)
but they made 8-of-17 three-pointers and 14-of-17 at the free throw line. Assumption
also held a 23-6 advantage in points-off-turnovers.
Loeffelbein thinks nerves played a factor in his team’s poor
shooting. Assumption returned three starters from its state champion
team of a year ago while the Rams were making their first state
appearance since 1979.
“They’re quick and they were in our face and we didn’t handle that
well but they’d been here before. They were confident on the floor and
that helps,? he said. “We’ll learn from it. I told the girls, I know
this hurts. But this was a great season and they should be proud of
what they’ve done. We broke all kinds of records. It’s going to hurt
tonight, but they should be proud of their accomplishments.”
Morgan Lucy led the Rams with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Moore paced Davenport Assumption with 24 points. Glenwood finishes its season with a record of 22-2.
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