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Cold shooting night sinks Creston girls

Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 12:32 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 7:17 a.m. CST

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GLENWOOD — The Creston girls basketball team played close for one half, but couldn’t overcome a cold shooting night from the floor in a 58-35 loss to Glenwood here Friday.

The Panthers fall to 2-2 for the season with the loss and 0-1 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference. Glenwood improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference.

“For the game, we just didn’t shoot very well,” head coach Larry McNutt said. “We missed a lot of 10 to 12-footers. Second half, they double teamed Jenna (Taylor) a lot, and we just didn’t do a very good job of making 10 to 12-foot shots. Those are shots we have to make and are capable of making.”

The Panthers shot just 12-of-51 from the field (23 percent) in the loss, including just 26 percent shooting from inside the 3-point arc. In comparison, Glenwood shot 54 percent from the field.

Sophomore Jenna Taylor continued her strong start to the season with 18 points and nine rebounds. Taylor shot 6-of-10 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

“A lot of those points came in the first half,” McNutt said. “She was 6-of-6 from the line. That’s basically three baskets, because every time she gets fouled, they’re trying to keep her from scoring.”

The Panthers trailed just 11-8 after the first quarter and 25-20 at the end of the first half, but with Taylor not getting as many good looks in the second half, and Glenwood’s defensive pressure, the Rams outscored Creston 33-15 in the second half.

“We beat the press several times, but we couldn’t convert it to easy layups,” McNutt said. “The game was a lot closer than the score indicated. It started to get away from us in the fourth quarter. We feel like we can beat them at home if we play well. We just didn’t shoot the ball very well on Friday night.”

Junior Natalie Mostek returned to the Panther lineup Friday night, coming off the bench to score two points and grab five rebounds.

McNutt said she only played a few minutes each quarter, while she tries to build her stamina back up and get back into basketball shape.

“I thought we played hard,” McNutt said. “We did a lot of good things defensively. We just didn’t find a way to make a few open shots. I think if we can do that, we can be pretty competitive.”

The Panthers host Shenandoah on Tuesday in the home opener, with varsity action scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

GLENWOOD (58) — Bailey Starner 6 0-0 14, Halli Darrow 4 5-6 13, Jana King 3 1-1 8,, Hayley Matthews 2 2-4 6, Reiny Ostrander 1 3-4 5, Sydney Gutschenritter 2 0-0 5, Myranda Starner 0 3-4 3, Emma Ringsdorf 1 0-0 2, Sara Gutschenritter 0 2-2 2. Totals — 19 16-21 58. FG shooting — 19-35 (54 percent). 3-point goals — 4-9 (Bailey Starner 2, Sydney Gutschenritter 1, King 1). Steals — 4. Rebounds — 20. Turnovers — 6. Team fouls — 12. Fouled out — none.

CRESTON (35) — Jenna Taylor 6 6-6 18, Brenna Baker 2 1-2 5, Sadie Jones 1 2-2 4, Chelcee Downing 0 2-2 2, Camryn Somers 1 0-0 2, Natalie Mostek 1 0-0 2, Olivia Nielsen 1 0-0 2. Totals — 12 11-12 35. FG shooting — 12-51 (23 percent). 3-point goals — 0-5. Rebounds — 29 (Taylor 9, Natalie Mostek 5, Somers 5, Taylor Briley 4, Nielsen 3, Downing 2).  Assists — 12 (Downing 5, Somers 2, Baker 2, Natalie Mostek 2). Steals — 2 (Downing 1, Briley 1). Blocked shots — 3 (Taylor 2, Somers 1). Turnovers — 9. Team fouls — 17. Fouled out — none.

Glenwood — 11 25 42 58

Creston — 8 20 28 35

JUNIOR VARSITY

The Creston JV team held a halftime lead over Glenwood, but fell to the Rams 38-26 on Friday.

“JV started off strong, as we were getting good looks on offense,” Creston JV coach Mendy McCreight said. “We struggled on defense tonight, allowing them too many second shots as we didn’t rebound very well.”

Taylor Briley led the Panthers with nine points, while Caitlin McIlravy grabbed seven rebounds.

Creston (26) — Taylor Briley 9, Sadie Jones 6, Madison Callahan 3, Maria Mostek 2, Lexie Little 2, Caitlin McIlravy 2. 3-point goals — None. Free throws — 2-3. Rebounds — 22 (McIlravy 7, Little 5, Jones 3, Mostek 2, Jessica Beatty 2, Callahan 2). Steals — 6. Assists — 5 (McIlravy 2). Team fouls — 12. Halftime score — Creston 17, Glenwood 16.

Glenwood (38)

FRESHMEN

The Creston freshman team overcame a slow start to pick up a 27-17 win over Glenwood on Friday.

“We were able to come out in the second quarter and go on an 8-1 run to go into halftime leading by three points,” McCreight said. “Second half was much better performances, as we were able to take care of the ball and stop them on defense.”

Cammy Rutherford scored nine points for the Panthers and grabbed four rebounds. Lexie Little also pulled down four boards, while finishing with nine steals.

Creston (27) — Cammy Rutherford 9, Madison Callahan, Cydney Seley 6, Lexie Little 4, Logan Pettit 2. 3-point goals — None. Free throws — 1-4. Rebounds — 13 (Little 4, Rutherford 4, Pettit 3). Steals — 26 (Little 9, Rachel Shepherd 5, Callahan 5, Rutherford 3, Becca Ross 2). Assists — 6 (Callahan 3, Shepherd 2). Team fouls — 7. Halftime score — Creston 12, Glenwood 9.

Glenwood (17)

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