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Red hot Lewis Central too much for Glenwood

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

COUNCIL BLUFFS - Council Bluffs Lewis Central shot a blistering 61 percent from the field and outscored Glenwood 50-22 over the second and third quarters in a 79-42 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory last Tuesday.

“They really shot it well,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte, whose team dropped its fifth straight game to end the regular season. “They got running on all cylinders and shot 61 percent for the game. Once they started hitting like that we’d have a hand in their face on defense and they’d still knock it down.”

After the Rams took their only lead of the game at 17-15 off Kirk Porter’s three pointer to end the first quarter, the Titans scored six straight points to open the second quarter and outscored Glenwood 26-12 overall in the quarter.

The Rams trailed 41-27 at the half and never got closer than 12 points the rest of the game.

Lewis Central shot 61.5 percent from the field (32-of-52) compared to the Rams’ icy 32.6 (16-of-49). Glenwood also connected on just 2-of-17 three pointers.

The Titans’ Tyler McGrain scored a game-high 19 points and snagged six rebounds. The 6-foot-4 forward scored in a variety of ways and was a tough cover for Glenwood all night.

“He’s a very good player and he’s always a tough match-up for us,” said Schulte.

Robby King was the only Ram in double figures with 18 points. Dylan Blankenship added five points and eight rebounds.

The Rams complete their regular season with a record of 9-11 and 9-9 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference, their third straight season finishing in the upper half of the conference standings.

JV boys end season

with 15-6 record

Glenwood’s junior varsity boys team concluded one of the best JV seasons in school history, finishing 15-6 after dropping two close contests at Atlantic and Lewis Central.

The Rams lost to Atlantic 70-60 Feb. 14 in Atlantic. Glenwood got behind early, and closed to within four points in the fourth quarter before the Trojans pulled away late.

“I thought we used a ton of energy to get even, and just couldn’t come up with the scores we needed at the end,” said Rams coach Chad Van Kley.

Josh Matthews led the Rams with 16 points, followed by Josh DeYoung with 15 and Taylor Kaufman with 10. Rounding out the scoring were Drake Ruth with eight, Kyle Wheeler with seven, and Nate Lincoln with four.

The Rams outrebounded Atlantic 23-18.

At Lewis Central, the Rams lost an early lead and fell to the Titans 59-58 in a Feb. 17 contest. Van Kley said costly turnovers and a lack of success against Lewis Central’s zone defense really hurt the Rams.

Lincoln led four Rams in double figures with 17 points, followed by Matthews with 13, DeYoung with 11 and Kaufman with 10. Grant Loeffelbein had five points and Nick Wells two points to round out the scoring. The Rams outrebounded the Titans 19-10 in the game.

Van Kley said he was very pleased with the team’s performance this season.

“ I thought the boys played very well at times and really played as a team,” he said. “I believe that 15 wins is a JV record for Glenwood, and 18 wins between the JV and reserve is definitely a high-water mark for the program. More importantly, they beat every conference team and besides Blair, we were very competitive in every contest.

“I did enjoy coaching this group. They have a lot of talent, and I thought we pushed each other to improve every day.”

Additional team members were Michael Lawler, Matt Schulz, Ian Eflin, Eliot Lincoln, Joe Morgan, Taylor Lauridsen, Joey Stivers, Josh Keim, Austin Meston, Patrick King and Hunter McNeel. Van Kley was assisted by Jason Callahan.