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Titans get past Glenwood for third time, end Rams’ season

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The third time was not the charm for Glenwood.
    Council Bluffs Lewis Central overcame a strong Ram defensive effort and got 16 points from Paige Beacon and 14 from Alexis Spielman in a 51-38 Class 4A, Region 7 semifinal in Council Bluffs on Saturday.
    The loss was the Rams’ third straight this season to the Titans who advanced to the regional finals.
    The game was tied at 10 after a quarter but the Titans out-scored the Rams 26-14 over the next two quarters to take control.
    Emily Blum hit 7-of-11 shots to lead Glenwood with 15 points.
 Glenwood finishes its season 15-8 overall and 9-4 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference.

Glenwood 51,
Creston 39
    With a Creston defensive game plan designed to keep the ball out of Glenwood leading scorer Grace Newman’s hands, Ram coach Barry Loeffelbein needed someone, anyone to step up to fill that scoring gap.
    The coach got three players.
    Sydney Gutschenritter, Bailey Starner and Halie Darrow combined for 37 points as Glenwood defeated Creston 51-39 in the Class 4A, Region 7 first round last Wednesday.
     The Panthers (6-17) came out in a box-and-one on Newman, who entered the game averaging a team-best 14.3 points per game. The strategy worked early as Newman got off just one shot in the first quarter and didn’t score for the game’s first  12 minutes.
     “When they do that, somebody else has to hit shots,” Loeffelbein said. “We’ve got some good basketball players than can make shots. Everybody else kind of stepped in to make shots. We struggled to make shuts early, we had a lot of in and outs. But we finally knocked some down and got on a roll after that.”
Glenwood seemed to solve the junk defense midway through the second quarter. Leading 10-6 after a quarter, the Rams used a 12-0 run, capped by Newman’s first points of a the game, a three pointer, to make it 26-12 heading into halftime
The Panthers cut the Rams’ lead to seven with 3:14 to go in the third but a three pointer by Gutschenritter, a short jumper by Reiny Ostrander put the lead back to 12. Creston never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.
     “They shouldn’t have got that close if you ask me,” Loeffelbein said. “We did some dumb things. Fouled too much, people shooting the ball and letting them get position on us. We told our girls we had two girls we had to guard the three point line and we let her come right out of the half and hit a couple. So, we have to clean stuff up like that but you know they are trying hard too and they are making shots so that’s basketball I guess.”
      Gutschenritter led Glenwood with 14 points. Starner added 13 and Darrow 10.