Kuemper free throw nips Glenwood on road

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    A questionable foul call leading to a game-winning free throw with no time on the clock gave Kuemper Catholic a 52-51 victory over the Glenwood girls on Friday in Carroll.
    After a see-saw game that saw both teams trade leads throughout the game, Glenwood coach Barry Loeffelbein wasn’t surprised to see the game down to the end.
    “We had our opportunities but we didn’t finish either half very well,” said Loffelbein. “We had the lead several times, late in the first half and kind of let them back in and it went back and forth from there. And we had the lead again late in the second half and we didn’t take care of the ball, didn’t get good shots. They tied it up and then they get a rebound and a foul is called on us.”
    The foul call came after a missed Trojan shot. In the ensuing scramble, Abbey Albrecht came up with the ball and was fouled on the shot. Loeffelbein, with no time on the clock and the whistle coming so close to the final horn,  tried to get the officials to wave off the foul and send the game to overtime. But the officials told Loeffelbein the foul occurred in game time, sending Albrecht to the line.
    Albrecht, a senior, missed the first but made the second. Game over.
    “This really was a last second game. It just didn’t come out the right way for us,” said Loeffelbein.
    Loeffelbein said a call like that, late in game, on minimal contact, can go either way. It just didn’t go the Rams’ way, he said.
    “It had been called a foul before and it had been let go before. I didn’t think our girl made a lot of movement to the shooter, I thought the contact was created by the shooter so it could have gone either way. It wasn’t a horrendous call, it could have been called, it could have been let go. They called it.”
    Glenwood had it’s chances. After leading for much of the first half, the Rams found themselves down 23-21 at the half. But a minute into the second half, Glenwood was back up four on back-to-back three pointers by Grace Newman. The lead, however, would be short lived. Both teams would trade leads, three and four points at time, through the remaining minutes.
    Loeffelbein admits his team took the loss hard.
    “We had a chance to win it and felt like we should  have won it,” said the coach. “They’re hurt. They feel bad and so did I. But if nothing else it verifies we can compete with everybody in the conference because Kuemper is right up there and it right down to the last second.”
    The Rams’ shot just 30 percent from the field while 30 of Kuemper’s 52 points came from behind the arc.
    “We didn’t shoot it well and they shoot it really well. We didn’t play bad defense, they just hit some real bombs. They found got a gap, they’re good shooters, and took advantage.”
    Glenwood’s Morgan Lucy scored 13 of his game-high 13 points in the first half.

Glenwood 58,
Red Oak 24
    For the second straight game the second quarter was kind to the Glenwood girls basketball team.
    Four days after a 19-1 run in the second quarter allowed the Rams to pull away from Creston in a 57-37 on Friday, Glenwood did it again to a Hawkeye 10 Conference foe. Leading 10-4 after the first frame, the Rams exploded for 24 points in the second en route to a 58-24 victory over Red Oak last Tuesday.
    “We picked it up, we played so good defense, we got some run outs and found the open guy for some easy shots,” said Glenwood coach Barry Loeffelbein of his team’s s24-7 second  run against Red Oak.
    Yeah coach, but why the second quarter?
    “I guess we start slow,” said Loeffelbein. “We get a feel of the game, get into the flow and start picking things up a little bit.”
    After allowing a season-low 11 first half points to the Tigers, the Rams allowed just 13 more after halftime.
    “We wanted to come out and play tough man-to-man defense and put a hand in their face and make everything tough for them. And I think we did that tonight,” said Loeffelbein..
    The Rams had a good shooting night from the field and turned the ball over just eight times on an efficient offensive night.
    “That’s the first thing I write on the board every time we practice, ‘value to ball,’” said Loeffelbein when reminded his team’s single digit turnovers, after averaging 15 through the first five games. “Turnovers have been our bugaboo in the past and we want to fix that. It’s a big focus for us.”
    Ram guard Lexi Fisher led all scorers with a season-high 18 points. Loeffelbein called Fisher’s night her best offensive game of the year.
    “She ran the floor well, got out on breaks, she stole the ball and sort of made her opportunities on the defensive end,” said Loeffelbein.
    Morgan Lucy added 15 points and Kierney Motz 12 for Glenwood.
    Gabi French battled through an ankle injury to lead Red Oak with 10 points.