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Middle school basketball

Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 12:30 a.m. CDT

8th girls

The Creston girls battled visiting Clarinda to the end here Thursday, falling 34-23 after trailing just 15-13 at halftime.

Sophia Groumoutis scored seven points for Creston and Chloe Hagle had a strong overall game with six points, five rebounds and two assists. The Panthers had an off night at the free throw line, finishing 8-of-32.

"The girls played hard in a rough game," Creston coach Sarah Stephens said. "Clarinda was a good team, but our girls played as a team and showed a lot of improvement."

Stephens said the B team also showed improvement in a 5-5 tie with Clarinda.

Creston A (23) — Sophia Groumoutis 7, Chloe Hagle 6, Taylor Fredrickson 3, Kiersten Latham 3, Breanna Wallace 3, Cayla Maitlen 1. Rebounds — Hagle 5, Fredrickson 4, Wallace 2, MyKenna Hribal 1, Maitlen 1, Latham 1. Steals — Wallace 2, Groumoutis 1, Latham 1, Hribal 1. Assists — Hagle 2.

Clarinda A (34) — Paige Sunderman 12.

Creston B (5) — Latham 3, Victoria Borha 2. Rebounds — Hribal 2, Borha 2, Kalan Bloodgood 1. Steals — Hribal 2, Jordan Moreland 2. Assists — Hribal 1.

7th girls

The Creston seventh-grade girls raced to a 27-4 halftime lead on the way to a 49-8 victory over Clarinda Thursday.

Taylor Buxton had 16 points and nine rebounds in Creston's second victory of the week. The Panthers had 31 steals, led by Brielle Baker's eight.

"Great defensive effort, especially Brielle Baker guarding their best player," coach Larry Peterson said. "The girls were unselfish with some sharp fast-break passes. They were playing the right way and having fun."

Breanna Ross did all of the scoring for Creston in a 6-1 B game victory. Devon Buls had four rebounds and two steals. Emma Pingree had three steals and three rebounds.

Creston plays at West Central Valley today.

Creston A (49) — Taylor Buxton 16, Megan Haley 9, Kesia Stewart 8, Brielle Baker 5, Grace Root 4, Jesse Vicker 3, Saige Rice 3. Rebounds — Buxton 9, Baker 6, Haley 4, Stewart 4, Vicker 3, Root 3. Steals — Baker 8, Stewart 7, Haley 6, Vicker 5, Rice 3, Root 2.

Clarinda A (8) — Addison Shane 6, Darrah Gray 2.

Creston B (6) — Breanna Ross 6. Rebounds — Devon Buls 4, Kaitlyn Osmun 3, Emma Pingree 3, Alexis McGrath 2, Ross 2. Steals — Ross 3, Pingree 3, McGrath 2, Root 2, Buls 2.

Clarinda B (1).

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