Ram second-quarter run tames Panthers

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The Glenwood girls used a 19-1 second quarter run to take a 31-8 halftime lead into a 57-37 rout of Creston in Hawkeye 10 Conference action on Friday.

   Leading 12-7 after a quarter of play, the Rams’ scored the first 12 points of the second frame and forced seven turnovers in their 19-1 run to close out the half.
    “We played pretty well that quarter,” said Glenwood coach Barry Loeffelbein. “We played well on offense, on defense and we moved it around really well I thought that period.”
    Loeffelbein said the run wasn’t a result of any X and O changes, but rather, just a more concerted effort to attack the Panthers on both ends of the court.
    “We kept track of them better, got in better position on defense, picked up our pressure and got out on the break a little when we got turnovers,” said Loeffelbein. “I told the girls we played one great quarter and three average ones,” said the coach. “We need to execute all four quarters like we did that second quarter. Next week, at Kuemper (Catholic) we need four quarters like that. If we do, we’ll make a game of it. If we don’t, who knows.”
    Glenwood shot just 41.3 percent from the field (24-of-58) but finished with a season-low eight turnovers and had 10 different girls score at least two points.
    “They didn’t really pressure us much,” said Loeffelbein. “But we took good care of the ball and didn’t force it on offense.”
    Morgan Lucy led all scorers with 13 points and nine rebounds. Grace Newman added 10 points and seven rebounds. Ana Van Scoy, Lexi Fisher and Rachel DeYoung each pitched in with seven points.

Glenwood 57,
C.B. Lewis Central 44
    The Glenwood girls basketball team used its height advantage and a 15-3 run to close out the first half in a 57-44 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory over Council Bluffs Lewis Central on Monday.
    Glenwood coach Barry Loeffelbein said that crucial final four minutes of the first half did more than give his team a double-digit lead heading into the break; it gave the Rams’ momentum, said the coach.
    “We kind of broke it open there  and created some cushion,” said Loeffelbein. “We played great defense that stretch, hit some shots and that gave us the momentum we needed.”
    With the game tied at 18-18 in the second quarter, Ana Van Scoy, Morgan Lucy and Grace Newman keyed the 15-3 run that closed out the half with Glenwood leading 33-21. The Titans never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
    Lucy, the Rams’ 6-foot-2 junior center, dominated inside with a team-high 16 points and 13 rebounds, the Rams warmed up from the outside. Guards, Van Scoy,  Newman and Rachel DeYoung combined to score 33 points, mostly on open shots from the perimeter as the Titans packed in their defense in the hopes of containing Lucy.
    “Morgan did a good job inside but I think she was helped by our outside shooting,” said Loeffelbein. “I think our shooting did a lot to open up our offense inside.”
    Titan guard Kyley Simmons, a University of Missouri basketball recruit, led all scorers with 21 points but no other teammate had more than eight points in the loss.
    Glenwood is 3-1 on the season, including 2-0 in the conference.