Council Bluffs Lewis Central girls basketball used a 13-5 third quarter run to pull away in a tightly contested Class 4A Region 8 38-32 semifinal victory over Glenwood in Council Bluffs Saturday.
“It was a tight game all the way and very low scoring,” Glenwood coach Barry Loeffelbein said. “There was some good defense; neither of us could make shots and they got hot in the second quarter. We came back a bit but we couldn’t get shots to fall.”
The Titans (17-5) led 19-17 at halftime before coming out in the third frame hot. Madison Powers came off the bench for Lewis Central to hit all four of the Titans’ three pointers and finish with a game-high 16 points.
“We knew they had some athletes and some good shooters but she’d only hit 11 all year coming in,” Loeffelbein said. “We did a good job defending everybody else, she just got free a few too many times and knocked down shots.”
After pushing their lead to as many as 10 in the third, Glenwood managed to trim the margin to five midway through the fourth quarter but they could get no closer as the Titans’ posted their third win of the season over the Rams.
“We made a good comeback,” Loeffelbein said. “But we couldn’t knock down shots when we needed them.”
The Rams entered averaging nearly five made three-pointers a game but hit just one against Lewis Central. Glenwood’s 32 points were also a season-low.
Halie Darrow and Bailey Starner each scored nine points to lead the Rams.
Glenwood closes the season with a record of 13-8.
“I think overall, we had a pretty good season and we were in most every game,” Loeffelbein said. “A winning record and to the second round of regionals…I think we played hard all year. I’m proud of the girls.”
Win and advance.
In Glenwood’s 47-36 victory over Creston last Wednesday Class 3A regionals, that was all that mattered to Rams’ coach Barry Loeffelbein.
“It wasn’t pretty but we got it done,” Loeffelbein said.
After a first half of back and forth action and an 18-15 Glenwood lead at halftime, the Rams warmed up in the third quarter.
A runner by Bailey Starner and three pointers by Sydney Gutschenritter, Jana King and Halie Darrow keyed a 13-2 run to put Glenwood in control with a 31-17 lead with just over three minutes to go in the frame.
“I think the best part of the game was the first couple minutes of the second half,” Loeffelbein said. “We came out, took control and took lead that probably should have been bigger at half and we were able to expand it a bit and whether a bad possession or two.”
The Ram defense held Creston without a field goal for over six minutes in the third quarter as their lead swelled to as many as 16.
“We forced a few turnovers, we just didn’t turn them into points the way we should have. We did turn them over though and keep them out of their offense a little bit and I thought we did a real good job keeping (leading scorer Jenna) Taylor from touching the ball.”
Taylor finished with 10 points but half came in the fourth quarter with the Rams nursing a double-digit lead.
Creston did manage to trim the Glenwood lead to 37-29 on Taylor’s layup with 5:28 to go but it was as close as they would get.
Glenwood limited the Panthers to 29.7 percent shooting (14-of-47) and held a 33-20 rebounding edge.
Darrow led the Rams with 14 points. Gutschenritter added 12 points and King nine.
With the win, the Rams are 13-8 overall and 6-4 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference.