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Fourth-quarter drought sinks Panthers

Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 2:12 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 11:56 a.m. CDT
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(Carroll Daily Times Herald photo by BRETT CHRISTIE)
Creston's Natalie Mostek (45) makes a move toward the basket as Kuemper Catholic's Kierstyn Bauer (0) defends in Friday night's contest. The Knights defeated the Panthers 61-39.

CARROLL — The Creston girls basketball team gave Class 3A 11th-ranked Carroll Kuemper Catholic all it could handle for three-plus quarters here on Friday, but eventually fell to the Knights 61-39.

The Panthers entered the fourth quarter trailing 44-35. The Panthers held the Knights scoreless for a good stretch of the fourth quarter, but went scoreless for the first 7:00 of the quarter themselves.

“Defensively we were doing a good job,” head coach Larry McNutt said. “That time when you’re shutting down the other team, if you get two or three baskets in that stretch, then it’s down to a four or five point game. Then you’ve got a chance. I think if we had knocked down some shots early in the quarter, we could have kept it tight.”

But the Panthers weren’t able to get the ball through the hoop, and Kuemper eventually began to get some shots to fall in the second half of the fourth quarter.

First half

The game started out fast-paced, as the two teams got up and down the floor to the tune of 34 total points.

Kuemper led the Panthers 20-14 at the end of the first quarter.

The pace slowed in the second quarter, as the Panthers kept the deficit in the range of six to eight points for most of the quarter, until Maria Dentlinger hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the Knights into halftime with a 35-25 lead.

“They really wanted to push it,” McNutt said. “We did a decent job of getting back on defense. They shot really well. First half, offensively we didn’t do too bad.”

The Panthers did a good job of getting to the free throw line in the first half. For the game, Creston shot 15-of-21 from the foul stripe, outscoring Kuemper 15-12 at the free throw line.

Jenna Taylor shot 6-of-6 from the line, and finished with a team-high 18 points. Brenna Baker added eight points for the Panthers.

“We were being aggressive with the ball and getting to the free throw line,” McNutt said. “We were in the bonus in the first quarter. We got to the line and that helped us get some points on the board.”

Somers injured

The Panthers were dealt a blow in the third quarter when sophomore Camryn Somers went down with a hip injury. Somers did not return to the game.

Already without Taylor Briley (concussion), losing Somers limited what the Panthers were able to do.

“Camryn is athletic and has some quickness,” McNutt said. “You take that out of our lineup, and it limited what we could do defensively and offensively.”

The holiday break comes at a good time for the Panthers, giving Briley and Somers a chance to get healthy.

“We really haven’t been at full strength yet,” McNutt said. “Even Natalie (Mostek), I don’t know that you’d say she’s 100 percent. After taking two weeks off, she’s still trying to work her way back into shape. It will be nice to take some time off and get everybody healed up.”

The loss dropped Creston to 3-5 for the season and 1-3 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference. Kuemper improved to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

Creston returns to action Jan. 3 at Denison-Schleswig in a varsity doubleheader.

KUEMPER (61) — Kiersten Bauer 9 0-2 23, Hannah Dentlinger 5 2-4 12, Maria Dentlinger 5 1-4 12, Katie Tigges 1 5-6 7, Paige Overmohle 1 4-5 6. Totals — 21 12-21 61. FG shooting — 21-44 (47 percent). 3-point goals — 6-10 (Bauer 5, M. Dentlinger 1). Steals — 6. Rebounds — 24. Turnovers — 10. Team fouls — 19. Fouled out — Tigges.

CRESTON (39) — Jenna Taylor 6 6-6 18, Brenna Baker 3 2-4 8, Chelcee Downing 0 4-6 4, Camryn Somers 2 0-0 4, Sadie Jones 1 0-0 2, Olivia Nielsen 0 2-3 2, Natalie Mostek 0 1-2 1. Totals — 12 15-21 39. FG shooting — 12-45 (26 percent). 3-point goals — 0-5. Rebounds — 21 (Mostek 6, Taylor 5, Nielsen 3, Baker 2, Somers 2, Jones 2).  Assists — 4 (Baker 2). Steals — 5 (Taylor 3). Blocked shots — 1 (Taylor 1). Turnovers — 8. Team fouls — 16. Fouled out — none.

Kuemper — 20 35 44 61

Creston — 14 25 35 39

JUNIOR VARSITY

The Creston girls JV team fell to 1-6 for the season with a 45-40 loss to Carroll Kuemper on Friday.

Sadie Jones scored 14 points, including 6-of-10 shooting from the free throw line, to lead the Panthers. Caitlin McIlravy also finished in double figures with 11 points and team-highs in steals with six and assists with four. Maria Mostek chipped in seven with a team-high six rebounds.

Creston (40) — Sadie Jones 14, Caitlin McIlravy 11, Maria Mostek 7, Jessica Beatty 4, Lexie Little 2, Cammy Rutherford 2. 3-point goals — Mostek 1. Free throws — 11-19. Rebounds — 23 (Mostek 6, Jones 4, Beatty 4, McIlravy 3, Rutherford 3, Madison Callahan 3). Steals — 12 (McIlravy 6). Assists — 6 (McIlravy 4). Team fouls — 8.

Kuemper (45)

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