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Early lead disappears as Panther girls fall 56-41

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 12:36 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 12:41 a.m. CDT
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(CNA photo by LARRY PETERSON)
Creston guard Taylor Briley (22) defends Lewis Central's Kye Madsen during Tuesday's Hawkeye 10 Conference game here. Briley had four points, two rebounds and two steals in Creston's 56-41 loss.

When Jenna Taylor dropped in two free throws with 2:52 left in the first quarter, the Creston girls were leading Lewis Central 11-3 here Tuesday night.

At that point, Creston was 6-of-6 at the free throw line in an effective inside attack against the Titans.

But it was all downhill from there for a cold-shooting Creston team. Lewis Central’s Paige Beacom sank a 3-pointer and Kasandra Larsen dropped in a rebound shot to close Creston’s margin to 11-8 after one period.

By halftime, the Titans had zoomed in front, 28-19, on the strength of a 20-8 second quarter.

Creston ended up shooting just 17 percent from the field (9-of-53) in losing to the Titans, 56-41, despite a 23-5 scoring advantage at the free throw line.

The key stretch occurred in the third quarter. Just after Taylor scored inside and converted a foul shot for a traditional three-point play to pull Creston within five at 33-28, the Titans went on a 13-3 run the rest of the period to enter the fourth stanza in front, 46-31.

“We just didn’t start the game very well,” said Lewis Central coach Derek Archer. “It kind of took us a while to get going. And we weren’t defending their cross screens in the lane early, until we did a better job of communicating and switching.”

The fast start was a much better situation for Creston than falling behind 6-0 at Denison on Friday, but the Panthers were unable to sustain a consistent offense.  

“We came down and got the ball inside right away and got a basket,” coach Larry McNutt said. “They went zone in that second quarter when were right in the game. We missed two perimeter shots in a row, and went about four possessions without scoring. They hit a couple of shots, and next thing you know you’re down nine.”

Taylor led Creston with 15 points and Natalie Mostek was the only other Panther in double figures with 14, but those totals came from a combined 7-of-28 shooting from the field. Spielman, effective on several basket cuts in the second half, tallied 18 points for LC and Beacom was a threat from the outside with 16 points.

The Panthers played the second half without point guard Brenna Baker, who aggravated a knee ailment from Friday’s game at Denison.

“We don’t have a real deep bench, and it’s tough to not have her when you have to play from behind and you’re trying to be aggressive,” McNutt said.

In light of that injury situation, it’s fortunate Creston (3-7 overall, 1-4 Hawkeye 10) has an off night Friday before returning to the court Tuesday at Red Oak. The following Friday is a boy-girl doubleheader against Dension-Schleswig.

Lewis Central improved to 7-3 overall and 2-3 in the league.

LEWIS CENTRAL (56) — Alexis Spielman 8 1-2 18, Paige Beacom 6 2-2 16, Kassie Larsen 2 1-3 5, Asia Sockrider 2 1-2 5, Madison Paulson 2 0-1 5, Kye Madson 1 0-0 3, Shelby Simonin 1 0-0 2, Amy Pedersen 1 0-0 2. Totals — 23 5-10 56. FG shooting — 23-49 (46.9 percent). 3-point goals — 5-10 (Beacom 2, Paulson 1, Spielman 1, Madison 1). Steals — 6 (Doebelin 2, Beacom 2). Rebounds — 30 (Spielman 8, Beacom 6, Paulson 5). Turnovers — 16. Team fouls — 23. Fouled out — Larsen.

CRESTON (41) — Jenna Taylor 3 9-10 15, Natalie Mostek 4 6-7 14, Brenna Baker 1 2-2 4, Taylor Briley 1 2-2 4, Chelcee Downing 0 3-4 3, Olivia Nielsen 0 1-2 1. FG shooting — 9-53 (17 percent). 3-point goals — 0-7. Rebounds — 20 (N. Mostek 10, Taylor 4).  Assists — 5 (N. Mostek 2, Downing 2). Steals — 13 (Downing 3, Somers 3, N. Mostek 3, Briley 2). Turnovers — 11. Team fouls — 14. Fouled out — Downing.

LC — 8 28 46 56

Creston — 11 19 31 41

JUNIOR VARSITY

Much like the varsity contest, Creston bolted to an early lead (11-5) before falling to the Lewis Central JV, 54-51.

Creston trailed at halftime, but came back to lead 37-32 in the third period. Lewis Central rallied again, holding a 53-51 lead in the final minute. A free throw made it 54-51 when the Panthers took possession with 13 seconds left.

After taking a timeout with four seconds left, the Panthers got a potential tying 3-point shot before the buzzer by Maria Mostek, but it fell short as the Titans held on for the three-point victory.

Caitlin McIlravy had 19 points to lead Creston, now 1-7. Bryn Norville scored 17 points for a Lewis Central team that outscored Creston 18-3 from behind the 3-point arc.

“We played a great first quarter,” said Creston coach Mendy McCreight. “We were getting some nice back door cuts from Maria Mostek and Taylor Briley. They came back and hit a lot of threes on us in the second quarter.”

Creston (51) — Caitlin McIlravy 19, Maria Mostek 13, Sadie Jones 10, Taylor Briley 5, Cydney Seley 3, Becca Ross 2, Jessica Beatty 2. 3-point goals — M. Mostek 1. Free throws — 20-30. Rebounds — Jones 7, Ross 3. Steals — Jones 2. Assists — M. Mostek 3. Team fouls — 15. Halftime score — Lewis Central 32, Creston 21.

Lewis Central (54) — Bryn Norville 17, Jennifer Pedersen 8, Nicole Miller 7, Madison Paulson 6, McKenna Hanafan 5, McKena Duffek 5, Sydney Whittington 3, Georgia Androy 2, Abby Oswald 1. 3-point goals — Paulson 2, Hanafan 1, Miller 1, Norville 1, Duffek 1. Free throws — 6-12. Team fouls — 23.

FRESHMEN

A three-point third quarter hampered the Creston freshmen in a 40-28 loss to Lewis Central Tuesday.

The Panthers (2-3) trailed just 7-6 after one period and 18-13 at halftime, but went into the final period trailing 25-16.

Cammy Rutherford led Creston with 13 points and five rebounds.

Creston (28) — Cammy Rutherford 13, Rachel Shepherd 4, Cydney Seley 4, Lexie Little 3, Jessica Beatty 2, Logan Pettit 2. 3-point goals — None. Free throws — 6-9. Rebounds — Rutherford 5, Madison Callahan 5, Beatty 4, Seley 3, Shepherd 3. Steals — Little 3, Shepherd 3, Pettit 2 Assists — Pettit 1, Shepherd 1 Team fouls — 11. Halftime score — Lewis Central 18, Creston 13.

Lewis Central (40 — Abby Oswald 11, Kourtney Lieber 10, McKenna Hanafan 8, Syd Whittington 7, Meredith Ellis 2, Emily Frieze 2. 3-point goals — Whittington 1. Free throws — 7-13. Team fouls —12.

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