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Panther girls win defensive battle

Published: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 12:27 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 12:44 a.m. CST
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(CNA photo by LARRY PETERSON)
Creston's Camryn Somers (20) takes the ball downcourt on a fast break against Atlantic's Catherine Leonard during the Panthers' 40-34 home victory Friday night. Somers finished with four points and six rebounds.

The Creston girls gained their first Hawkeye 10 Conference victory in a defensive-oriented 40-34 victory over Atlantic here Friday.

The win improved the Panthers to 1-1 in league play and 3-3 overall heading into Tuesday’s varsity doubleheader at No. 1-ranked Harlan.

Atlantic fell to 0-2 in the conference and 1-5 overall.

It was not a pretty offensive game on either side, as the Panthers tried to grind out scoring opportunities against the Trojan zone defense, and Atlantic struggled against the Panthers’ aggressive defense.

Creston won the game despite 22 percent shooting from the field and 17-of-30 shooting at the free throw line. The Panthers had 10 steals to Atlantic’s six, but struggled to convert with 23 turnovers in the game to Atlantic’s 20.

“In the first half, we got about four steals that we got nothing out of because we turned it over on the other end,” Creston coach Larry McNutt said. “Defensively I thought we were pretty good. Early on that kind of set the tone and we got a lead.”

The Panthers led 7-3 in the opening minutes and 21-14 at halftime. The margin reached 13 points at 34-21 late in the third quarter.

Atlantic staged a rally in the fourth quarter, drawing within two possessions (34-28) on Erin Olsen’s 3-pointer with 2:10 left.

The Panthers continued to play good defense and made just enough free throws down the stretch by guards Brenna Baker and Chelcee Downing to hold off the Trojans.

Natalie Mostek led the Panthers with 11 points and Baker finished with nine. Jenna Taylor tallied eight.

Olsen led Atlantic with 13 points, including two 3-pointers.

Sophomore guard Taylor Briley was held out Friday and will likely sit out Tuesday as well after suffering a concussion last week against Shenandoah.

ATLANTIC (34) — Erin Olsen 4 3-4 13, Catherine Leonard 2 4-7 8, Tiffany Williams 2 4-4 8, Macey Schmitt 1 0-0 2, Meghan Reilly 1 0-0 2, Alyssa Higgins 0 1-4 1. Totals — 10 12-19 34. FG shooting — 10-38 (26.3 percent). 3-point goals — 2-8 (Olsen 2). Steals — 6 (Williams 3). Rebounds — 25 (Leonard 9). Turnovers — 20. Team fouls — 21. Fouled out — Bailey Walter.

CRESTON (40) — Natalie Mostek 4 2-2 11, Brenna Baker 2 5-12 9, Jenna Taylor 2 4-6 8, Olivia Nielsen 1 2-2 4, Camryn Somers 1 2-4 4, Chelcee Downing 1 2-4 4. Totals — 11 17-30 40. FG shooting — 11-50 (22 percent). 3-point goals — 1-7 (Mostek 1). Rebounds — 40 (N. Mostek 8, Taylor 7, Somers 6, Baker 6, Nielsen 6).  Assists — 6 (Baker 3). Steals — 10 (Downing 3). Blocked shots — 2 (Taylor 1, Mostek 1). Turnovers — 23. Team fouls — 19. Fouled out — None.

Atlantic — 10 14 19 34

Creston — 9 21 28 40

JUNIOR VARSITY

Sophomore guard Skye Thompson scored 17 ponts to lead Atlantic’s JV to a 38-33 victory over Creston Friday.

Atlantic jumped to a 14-5 lead but saw the margin shrink to 28-25 entering the fourth quarter.

“We weren’t boxing out and giving them too many second shots in the first half,” said Creston coach Mendy McCreight. “We were getting some good looks on offense, but couldn’t get anything to fall.”

Sadie Jones led Creston with 15 points.

Creston (33) — Sadie Jones 15, Lexie Little 7, Maria Mostek 5, Caitlin McIlravy 4, Madison Callahan 2. 3-point goals — Mostek 1. Free throws — 6-8. Halftime score — Atlantic 23, Creston 16.

Atlantic (38) — Skye Thompson 17, Mollee Welter 8, Macey Schmitt 5, Katelyn Fulk 5, McKenna Den Beste 2. 3-point goals — Thompson 1, Schmitt 1. Free throws — 6-8. Team fouls — 16.

FRESHMEN

An 8-0 second quarter lifted Creston freshmen to an 18-13 victory over Atlantic Friday.

The Panthers turned a 5-4 edge into a 13-4 halftime advantage.

“In the second quarter we were playing really good defense,” said Creston coach Mendy McCreight. “Cammy Rutherford was doing a great job of post defense.”

Rutherford finished with a team-high seven points and Madison Callahan added six.

Creston (18) — Cammy Rutherford 7, Madison Callahan 6, Lexie Little 3, Rachel Shepherd 2. 3-point goals — None. Free throws — 4-16. Team fouls — 13. Halftime score — Creston 13, Atlantic 4.

Atlantic (13) — Brooke Newell 5, Emily Hohenberger 3, Alyssa Kovarik 2, McKenna Den Beste 2, Lexi Freund 1. 3-point goals — Hohenberger 1. Free throws — 2-8. Team fouls — 18.

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