No. 12 LC girls roll in second half

Published: Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 11:16 a.m. CDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS — It was competitive for a half, but Class 4A 12th-ranked Lewis Central pulled away in the second half for a 61-23 victory over visiting Creston Saturday.

One night after falling by two points at home to Red Oak, the Panthers ran out of gas in the final 16 minutes against a Lewis Central team that improved to 16-3. The game did not count as a conference game, leaving LC at 9-1 in the Hawkeye 10, just behind leader Harlan at 10-1.

With Friday’s loss to Red Oak in conference play, Creston fell to 10th at 2-10, and Saturday’s game sent the Panthers’ overall record to 5-15.

Lewis Central led 12-8 after one period and 25-14 at halftime. The second-half margin was 36-9. Several JV and freshman Panthers finished out the second game in 24 hours. Starting post player Zaidy Frank missed the game with illness.

“It was 22-14 with two minutes left in the half,” said Creston coach Larry McNutt. “They hit a three to go up by 11 just before half. We played hard defensively with some steals and rebounds in the first half.”

Emma Johnson and Natalie Mostek each scored six points for Creston, which shot only 18 percent (9-50) from the field and 4-13 on free throws. Brianna Maitlen had nine rebounds and four steals. Mostek had eight rebounds.

Creston travels to Clarinda Tuesday.  

LEWIS CENTRAL (61) — Aubrey Norville 23, Alexis Spielman 13, Kye Madsen 8, Rylee Higgins 6, Paige Beacom 4, Asia Sockrider 4, Natalie Madsen 2, Dana Doebelin 1. Totals — 26 6-10 61. FG shooting — 26-42 (62 percent). 3-point goals — 3-6 (Higgins 2, Spielman 1). Steals — 15 (Madsen 4, Spielman 4). Rebounds — 21 (Spielman 5, Norville 4). Turnovers — 12. Team fouls — 13. Fouled out — none.

CRESTON (23) — Natalie Mostek 6, Emma Johnson 6, Chelcee Downing 4, Brianna Maitlen 3, Jenna Taylor 2, Brenna Baker 2. Totals — 9 4-13 23. FG shooting — 9-50 (18 percent). 3-point goals — 1-10 (Johnson 1). Rebounds — 28 (Maitlen 9, Mostek 8, Baker 4).  Assists — 3 (Downing 1, Maitlen 1, Johnson 1). Steals — 10 (Maitlen 4, M. Mostek 2). Turnovers — 21. Team fouls — 13. Fouled out — None.

Lewis Central — 12 25 45 61

Creston — 8 14 21 23

JUNIOR VARSITY

After a two-hour bus ride, Creston’s JV couldn’t reproduce the same effort as Friday’s victory in falling 55-37 to Lewis Central. The Titans led 36-21 at halftime.

Jenna Taylor had a game-high 12 points with six rebounds to lead Creston (11-8).

“We got off to a bad start as we had trouble taking care of the ball against LC’s press from the start,” coach Mendy McCreight said.

Creston (37) — Jenna Taylor 12, Taylor Briley 10, Olivia Nielsen 7, Camryn Somers 6, Maria Mostek 2. 3-point goals — None. Free throws — 11-16. Rebounds — 24 (Taylor 6, Somers 6). Steals — 10 (Briley 3, Alli Thomsen 3, Sadie Jones 2). Assists — 7 (Briley 4). Team fouls — 5. Halftime score — Lewis Central 36, Creston 21.

Lewis Central (55).

FRESHMEN

Lewis Central freshmen defeated Creston Saturday, 35-25.

“Our defense killed us tonight,” said Creston coach Mallory Peterson. “We let them have too many easy layups and didn’t do a good job of rebounding. They played a tough zone and we struggled getting the ball inside.”

Taylor Briley penetrated well against the zone and had a team-high 10 points, Peterson said. Camryn Somers had seven points and five rebounds for Creston (9-6).

Creston (25) — Taylor Briley 10, Camryn Somers 7, Jenna Taylor 4, Alli Thomsen 2, Gracie Russell 2. 3-point goals — None. Free throws — 1-2. Rebounds — 19 (Somers 5, Briley 4, Taylor 3). Steals — 10 (Briley 3). Assists — 10 (Caitlin McIlravy 3, Somers 2, Sydney Dunphy 2). Team fouls — 7.

Lewis Central (35).

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