The Glenwood girls basketball team opened its season strong with a 20-6 first quarter run in a 66-22 rout of Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson last Tuesday.
The Rams (1-0) trailed 3-2 to open the game before scoring 18 of the next 22 points for an early 14-point lead after a quarter. It was more of the same in the second quarter with Glenwood outscoring the Yellowjackets 21-6 in the frame.
“It turned out pretty good for us,” said Glenwood coach Barry Loeffelbein. “We were hoping for a quick start and to not struggle early like we did up there (at TJ) last year and we did that.”
The Yellowjackets, which had just one regular over 5-feet-9, had no answer for the Rams' size inside. Morgan Lucy, the Rams' 6-foot-2 starting center, had 10 of her 12 points in the first half and 6-foot-2 junior Kierney Motz scored 15 of her career-high 19 points after halftime.
“Our size gave them a lot of trouble,” said Loeffelbein. “They didn't have an answer for that and we took advantage.”
Glenwood's defense kicked it up a notch in the second half, holding Thomas Jefferson scoreless for over nine minutes between the third and fourth quarters.
Lexi Fisher added 10 points for Glenwood. Grace Newman pitched in with nine and Rachel DeYoung seven.
Amanda Coffeldt and Mandy Ethen led Thomas Jefferson with eight points each.