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Glenwood upset in district opener, 66-57

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The Rams’ reign has come to an end.

A year after winning the Class 3A state championship, Glenwood struggled shooting the ball and couldn’t get the stops they needed in a district opening round loss to Creston Monday night.

The Panthers got 24 points from Kylan Smallwood and 18 each from Cael Kralik and Brand Baker in the 66-47 victory to end Glenwood’s season. Creston will play Denison in Thursday’s district finals back in Glenwood.

“This was a tough loss, we obviously wanted to keep going,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte after the game. “My hats tipped to Creston they played a good ballgame. We missed some shots early and dug ourselves a hole. We had too many defensive breakdowns the first half but we were much better in the second half.”

After getting down as many as 15 in the first half, Glenwood opened the second half in their full-court pressure and quickly turned their defense into offense. A 13-1 run cut it to 40-34 with just over two minutes to go in the third quarter.

But that’s as close as the Rams would get.

Creston pushed its lead back to double-digits to start the fourth quarter.

“We wanted to come out after halftime and set the tone early and we climbed back into it but we just couldn’t get any closer,” Schulte said.

Zach Carr spearheaded the late surge for Glenwood and finished with 28 points but it was too little late for defending champs. Christian Stanislav added 12 for Glenwood and Ryan Blum eight.

“Our kids showed a ton of fight and heart and they battled for 32 minutes and I couldn’t be more proud of this group of kids and these seniors,” Schulte said. “I love these seniors.”

Glenwood closes out its season with a record of 14-7.