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Published: Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 11:26 a.m. CDT

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GLENWOOD — The Creston girls basketball team struggled to put the ball in the basket in a 51-34 loss to Glenwood here on Friday.

The Panthers shot just 25 percent from the field and 50 percent from the free throw line against the Rams, as Creston fell to 2-4 for the season and 0-2 in Hawkeye 10 play.

Glenwood jumped out to a 17-5 lead over the Panthers by the end of the first quarter.

“We just didn’t play very good. We didn’t shoot very well the whole night, pretty much,” head coach Larry McNutt said. “We just had trouble putting the ball in the basket.”

Junior guard Chelcee Downing and sophomore forward Natalie Mostek led the Panthers with nine points each. Mostek also pulled down 16 rebounds.

McNutt said the second quarter was a bright spot for the Panthers as Downing buried three 3-pointers and sophomore guard Brenna Baker added one of her own to help the Panthers climb back into the game.

“We were only down seven at half, and it very easily could have been 20,” McNutt said. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t sustain any sort of offense in the second half.”

Glenwood outscored Creston 10-4 in the third quarter and 15-11 in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Panthers.

Creston ran into foul trouble, as senior forward Brianna Maitlen picked up her third foul in the second quarter, and collected a fourth in the third quarter, limiting her playing time.

Maitlen finished with five points, four rebounds, three blocks and two steals in her limited playing time.

“More than anything, it just hurts us in the post,” McNutt said. “It’s one less player we have to put in there. We lose her quickness and athleticism.”

The Panthers travel to Shenandoah tonight.

GLENWOOD (51)

CRESTON (34) — Chelcee Downing 3 0-0 9, Natalie Mostek 3 3-4 9, Bri Maitlen 2 1-4 5, Brenna Baker 2 0-0 5, Zaidy Frank 1 2-2 4, Emma Johnson 1 0-0 2. Totals — 12 6-12 34. FG shooting — 12-48 (25 percent). 3-point goals — 4-7 (Downing 3, Baker 1). Rebounds — 34 (Natalie Mostek 16, Frank 6, Maitlen 4, Baker 2, Olivia Nielsen 2).  Assists — 2 (Maitlen 1, Nielsen 1). Steals — 12 (Mostek 4, Frank 3, Maitlen 2). Blocked shots — 5 (Maitlen 3). Team fouls — 16. Fouled out — none.

Glenwood — 17 26 36 15

Creston — 5 19 23 34

JUNIOR VARSITY

The Creston junior varsity girls team fell short in its comeback attempt at Glenwood on Friday, losing 54-40.

The Panthers trailed 25-15 at halftime, but cut into the lead during the third quarter, entering the fourth quarter down just six.

“I was very pleased with their efforts in the third quarter as they worked really hard on defense and got some great stops and steals,” Creston JV coach Mendy McCreight said. “As the fourth quarter took off, we made some bad passes, which resulted in three layups for Glenwood.”

Camryn Somers and Taylor Briley each scored 10 points for the Panthers in the loss.

CRESTON (40) — Camryn Somers 10, Taylor Briley 10, Alli Thomsen 6, Sadie Jones 4, Jenna Taylor 4, Brooke Thelen 3, Olivia Nielsen 3. Rebounds — Taylor 10, Somers 6. Steals — Thomsen 5. Assists — Maria Mostek 3, Taylor 3. Halftime score — Glenwood 25, Creston 15.

GLENWOOD (54)

FRESHMEN

The Creston freshmen girls fell 46-22 at Glenwood on Friday.

“The freshmen just couldn’t get things going on either end of the court Friday night,” freshmen coach Mallory Peterson said. “We have to focus on the little things that we practice every day before we can be successful.”

Taylor Briley led the Panthers with six points and five rebounds.

Creston (22) — Taylor Briley 6, Camryn Somers 4, Gracie Russell 4, Jenna Taylor 4, Caitlin McIlravy 2, Shelby Palser 2. 3-point goals — None. Free throws — 0-4. Rebounds — 25 (Briley 5, Somers 4, McIlravy 4, Alli Thomsen 3, Taylor 3, Sydney Dunphy 2). Steals — 11 (Taylor 3, Somers 2, Russell 2, McIlravy 2). Assists — 0. Team fouls — 11.

GLENWOOD (46)

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