Cold-shooting, rebounding doom Rams in home setback

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

Glenwood picked the wrong opponent for a cold-shooting night.

The Rams, who shot 34 percent from the field, were out-rebounded 46 to 21 by an aggressive, inside-oriented Denison squad that made them pay in a 70-58 loss at home Friday.

Glenwood coach Brian Rasmussen said his team never did find its offensive rhythm against the Monarchs.

“We just couldn’t get the ball to fall,” Rasmussen said. “This was probably our poorest shooting night of the year and we still put 58 points on the board which is encouraging but at the same time, we just couldn’t get the ball to fall.”

Offensively, the Rams didn’t start the game that way. They led 13-11 after a quarter and didn’t give up the lead until midway through the second when the Monarchs began to solve the Glenwood press, resulting in several layups in a 10-3 run.

Denison took a 30-22 lead into halftime and never trailed in the final two quarters.

Time and again, Rasmussen said, his team settled for jump shots or were turned away on attempts to get to the basket. To compound matters, the Monarchs’ rebounded much better than his squad.

“I want to credit Denison’s defense but we have to knock down shots,” Rasmussen said. “The real crux of this game was we have to rebound. I don’t care who you play, you can’t give up fourth, fifth and sixth chances, especially against a team that is that talented. We don’t rebound and knock down our free throws, anybody has a chance to beat us. The flip side is if we do rebound and do hit free throws, I don’t feel like there isn’t a team on our schedule or in 4A we can’t compete with.”

The Rams finished minus-25 in rebounds. Denison had nearly as many offensive rebounds (17) as the Rams did total rebounds (25).

Denison scored a season-high in points in the win and had five players score in double-figures, led by Paige Anderson’s 18 points and 15 rebounds.

Despite that, Rasmussen didn’t think his defense played bad.

“Our help defense was a little late, it wasn’t like we weren’t there, we just looked like we were a step slow on defense,” Rasmussen said. “Our pressure caused them some issues early but they we able to break that down and stayed pretty poised and it led to some easy buckets. We’re experimenting with some new presses so we’ll get better at that.”

Elle Scarborough and Brielle Smith each scored 14 points to lead Glenwood.

Glenwood 67,
Atlantic 39

Glenwood opened the game on a 19-2 run and cruised to a 67-39 victory over Atlantic in girls Hawkeye 10 Conference basketball last Tuesday.

The Rams (4-2 overall, 2-0 in the conference) quick start helped them to a 32-8 halftime lead.

Elle Scarborough led the way for the Rams with 15 points and six rebounds. Brooklyn Taylor and Madison Camden added nine each and Brielle Smith eight.

For the game, the Rams shot a season-best 50.4 percent from the field (32-of-61) and snagged a season-high 22 steals.