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Poor start plagues Panther girls

Published: Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 10:35 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 10:41 a.m. CDT
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(CNA photo by LARRY PETERSON)
Creston senior guard Emma Johnson looks to make a pass against Red Oak defender Kate Walker during Friday's game. Johnson had two points in the Panthers' 64-31 loss.

RED OAK — The Red Oak girls didn’t play like a team seeking its first conference victory Friday.

Hitting shots at a blistering pace in a 25-7 first quarter, Red Oak ran away to a 64-31 victory Friday.

Bailey Hankins was effective inside early, sophomore post player Grace Blomstedt scored inside a brief zone defensive look by the Panthers, and then Blake Bergren provided scoring from long range with a team-high 17 points. Sophomore guard Kate Walker had 13 points as a fourth Tiger in double figures.

Red Oak, coached by former Tiger boys coach Dan Martinez, improved to 4-6 overall and 1-5 in the Hawkeye 10. Creston fell to 2-9 overall and 0-5 in the conference.

“We didn’t block out on two of the first three possessions and got behind 8-0,” Creston coach Larry McNutt said. “Then we just couldn’t put the ball in the hoop from there.”

After Hankins scored six of Red Oak’s first eight points, including two on offensive rebounds, McNutt made a defensive switch. That’s when Blomstedt, a 6-1 sophomore, got shots in the middle of the zone as Red Oak patiently moved the ball.

Walker and Bergren hit back-to-back 3-pointers as the lead ballooned to 20-3, and the Panthers went back to man-to-man defense.

“We didn’t do a very good job of identifying where Bergren was,” McNutt said. “When you’re behind 20, you can’t sit in a zone. It was a tough night. We just could never get going offensively. It’s something we have to get better at.”

Creston has not scored more than 40 points in the past four games, since a 48-46 loss Dec. 4 at Carroll Kuemper Catholic. Successive losses to Atlantic and Red Oak are particularly disappointing, as teams that were also seeking their first conference win.

The next game is Jan. 4 at home against Clarinda, which is now 2-5 overall and 1-4 in the conference.

“We’d like to think these games are games that we could take into the fourth quarter with a chance,” McNutt said. “But tonight, they made shots and we didn’t.”

Creston has no scorers in double figures, led by Natalie Mostek and Brianna Maitlen with nine each.

RED OAK (64) — Blake Bergren 7 1-2 17, Grace Blomstedt 6 2-2 14, Kate Walker 5 2-2 13, Bailey Hankins 5 0-2 10, Sabrina Guerra 3 0-0 6, Micayla Taylor 1 0-0 2, Maelti White 1 0-0 2. Totals — 28 5-8 64. FG shooting — 28-46 (60.9 percent). 3-point goals — 3-6 (Bergren 2, Walker 1). Steals — 13. Rebounds — 27. Turnovers — 17. Team fouls — 11. Fouled out — none.

CRESTON (31) — Natalie Mostek 3 3-4 9, Brianna Maitlen 4 1-2 9, Alli Thomsen 2 0-0 5, Chelcee Downing 1 0-0 3, Sadie Jones 1 0-0 2, Emma Johnson 1 0-0 2, Camryn Somers 0 1-2 1. Totals — 12 5-8 31. FG shooting — 12-56 (21.4 percent). 3-point goals — 2-13 (Thomsen 1, Downing 1). Rebounds — 30 (Maitlen 6, N. Mostek 6, Taylor 4).  Assists — 10 (Downing 3, Baker 3, N. Mostek 3). Steals — 9 (Maitlen 3). Turnovers — 17. Team fouls — 9. Fouled out — None.

Red Oak — 25 37 49 64

Creston — 7 15 21 31

JUNIOR VARSITY

Creston JV improved to 4-4 for the season with a 49-37 victory over Red Oak Friday.

Alli Thomsen led the Panthers with 10 points and Jenna Taylor and Olivia Nielsen had nine each.

“We had a great first half and went into the third quarter leading 20-7,” said Creston coach Mendy McCreight. “The girls played well together and had good ball movement on offense. The third quarter we needed to do a better job on defense, but the girls didn’t give up and fought back to play a good fourth quarter.”

Creston (49) — Alli Thomsen 10, Jenna Taylor 9, Olivia Nielsen 9, Taylor Briley 7, Camryn Somers 5, Brooke Thelen 4, Maria Mostek 3, Sadie Jones 2. Free throws — 13-23. Rebounds — 27 (Taylor 7, Somers 6, Jones 5, Nielsen 5. Steals — 14 (M. Mostek 5). Assists — 10 (Briley 5, Thomsen 3). Team fouls — 14. Halftime score — Creston 20, Red Oak 7.

Red Oak (37).

FRESHMEN

Creston freshmen dominated Red Oak Friday, 71-24. The Panthers (4-3) led 19-4 after one quarter and 38-11 at halftime.

Jenna Taylor led four Panthers in double figures with 18 points.

“Our shooting continues to improve an we are now getting some more good outside looks,” said Creston coach Mallory Peterson. “We have always done a pretty good job of scoring down low. It is good to see these girls play so well together. We need to continue to work hard and play aggressively 100 percent of the time.”

Creston (71) — Jenna Taylor 18, Caitlin McIlravy 12, Alli Thomsen 11, Gracie Russell 10, Sydney Dunphy 8, Camryn Somers 8, Taylor Briley 4. 3-point goals — None. Free throws — 11-15. Rebounds — 31 (Taylor 7, Dunphy 5, McIlravy 5, Russell 4, Somers 4). Steals — 22 (Dunphy 5, Thomsen 4, McIlravy 3, Russell 3, Somers 3). Assists — 16 (Russell 4, Thomsen 3, Briley 3). Team fouls — 8. Halftime score — Creston 38, Red Oak 11.

Red Oak (24) — Maysen Havener 14, Michaela Buntrock 4, Angela Mahoney 4, H. Foda 2. 3-point goals — None. Free throws — 6-10.

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