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Panthers run past Shenandoah, 94-67

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:06 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 8:03 a.m. CDT

SHENANDOAH — Things quickly turned around for the Creston boys basketball team after a sluggish start here Tuesday, as the Panthers nearly hit the century mark in a 94-67 win over Shenandoah.

The Panthers held a 38-22 lead at halftime after a slow start.

“We started off kind of sluggish,” head coach Billy Hiatt said. “Give credit to Shenandoah, they came out fighting hard. We started to pull away a little bit. They had some turnovers and we got some easy buckets.”

Hiatt said the Panthers began attacking the rim more after halftime, inflating the lead to 28 points

“Jay Wolfe started getting going a little bit, started hitting some free throws,” Hiatt said. “We got up quite a bit on them, probably 28 or so, and I started playing some different guys. They came back to about 19, so I put the starters back in. It was nice to be able to play everybody.”

Wolfe, who finished with a game-high 28 points, shot 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the second half. A bulk of Wolfe’s scoring came from behind the 3-point arc, as he knocked down five treys in the game.

Senior Cole Thompson also found his way to the foul line in the second half, shooting 8-of-9 in the second half alone. Thompson finished with 13 points to go with six assists and six steals.

“We shot quite a few free throws in the second half,” Hiatt said. “Getting to the rim, they were fouling us. We were able to pull away from the free throw line.”

Alex Nielsen added 11 points with a team-high seven rebounds for Creston, while McClain Haines chipped in 11 points.

“I thought we passed the ball well,” Hiatt said. “Cole had six assists. Maxx Walters had four, Jay had three, a couple of other guys had two. We passed the ball around pretty well as a team.”

The Panthers had 20 assists on 25 made baskets.

Creston, now 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference travels to Atlantic on Friday before playing ADM at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Then, things get taken up another notch next week as Creston plays on the road at both Harlan and Kuemper Catholic.

“Atlantic, last year we struggled with them quite a bit,” Hiatt said. “That will be a good game, not only on paper, but also emotionally. Atlantic is a tough place to play at. ADM has been playing well, too.”

SHENANDOAH (67) — Jackson Baker 10 3-5 23, Makonn Anderson 7 1-5 15, Payden Anderson 4 1-2 11, Michael Cisneros 2 0-0 5, Austin Fichter 2 0-0 5, Jordan Miller 1 0-3 2, Joe Blake 1 0-0 2, Steve Martin 1 0-0 2, Jake Cerven 0 2-2 2. Totals — 28 7-17 67. 3-point goals — 4 (P. Anderson 2, Cisneros 1, Fichter 1).

CRESTON (94) — Jay Wolfe 7 9-10 28, Cole Thompson 2 9-11 13, Alex Nielsen 3 5-6 11, McClain Haines 4 3-3 11, Brandon Phipps 3 0-0 9, Maxx Walters 2 2-2 6, Cole Crawford 2 0-0 6, Evan Nielsen 2 1-2 5, Christian Groumoutis 1 1-2 3, Sam Hartsock 0 1-2 1. Totals — 25 31-38 94. 3-point goals — 10 (Wolfe 5, Phipps 3, Crawford 2). Rebounds — 22 (A. Nielsen 7, Wolfe 6, E. Nielsen 3, Phipps 2, Groumoutis 2).  Assists — 20 (Thompson 6, Walters 4, Wolfe 3, Phipps 2, Haines 2, Crawford 2). Steals — 12 (Thompson 6, Wolfe 3). Blocked shots — 2 (Wolfe 1, Groumoutis 1). Turnovers — 12.

JUNIOR VARSITY

The Creston JV team picked up its first win of the season with a 66-30 win over Shenandoah on Tuesday.

Sam Hartsock and Christian Groumoutis each netted 13 points to lead the Panther JV team, while Jake Miller and Cooper McDermott also found double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

“We were pretty balanced,” Creston JV coach Michael West said. “We had a good inside-out game. We played good defense. That’s pretty much what won it for us.”

Creston (66) — Christian Groumoutis 13, Sam Hartsock 13, Jake Miller 12, Cooper McDermott 11, Sam Eagan 5, McClain Haines 4, Chris Foster 4, Nick Walsh 2, Brandon Jones 2.

Shenandoah (30)

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