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Clarinda pulls away from Panther girls late

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 1:12 a.m. CDT

CLARINDA — The Creston girls basketball team held a halftime lead, but struggled to adjust to Clarinda’s physical style of play in the second half of a 53-46 loss here Tuesday.

The Panthers led 24-19 at the half after falling behind by six early and battling back to take the lead by the end of the first quarter.

But, Creston shot just 2-of-11 from the free throw line for the game and gave up too many offensive rebounds in the second half, as Clarinda pulled away in the final 4:00 of the game.

“We led at half and were playing pretty well,” head coach Larry McNutt said. “We went 2-of-11 at the line for the game and gave up a lot of offensive rebounds in the second half, which proved to be the difference.

“We actually dominated the offensive boards first half and got some putbacks, but then they did it to us in the second half.”

Natalie Mostek led the Panthers with 13 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. Jenna Taylor also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Camryn Somers added 12 points for the Panthers.

It was still a close game early in the fourth quarter, with the two teams trading one-point leads.

“We just couldn’t get any stops,” McNutt said. “About under the 4:00 mark, they got up five on us. We couldn’t put the ball in the basket. Then they’d foul us and we couldn’t make any free throws. Pretty hard to come back when you can’t put the ball in the hole.”

McNutt said the officials let the game get physical, as only four total fouls were called in the first half.

“We didn’t adjust to the physical play,” he said. “They didn’t call a lot of fouls and we just have to play through it. We didn’t do the greatest job of that.”

The Panthers fall to 5-9 overall and 2-5 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference, while Clarinda improved to 6-8 and 2-6. Creston travels to Council Bluffs St. Albert on Friday for a varsity doubleheader, with the girls game set to begin at 6 p.m.

CLARINDA (53) — Jadra Moses 5 5-8 15, Abby Brown 5 4-5 14, Jenny Blair 6 1-2 13, Paige Fast 3 0-0 6, Karyee Buch 1 0-0 2, Kayla Rogers 1 0-0 2, Baillee Warren 0 1-3 1. Totals — 21 11-18 53. FG shooting — 21-55 (38 percent). 3-point goals — 0-7. Steals — 10. Rebounds — 32. Turnovers — 9. Team fouls — 12. Fouled out — none.

CRESTON (46) — Natalie Mostek 6 1-5 13, Camryn Somers 6 0-2 12, Jenna Taylor 6 0-1 12, Taylor Briley 3 0-2 6, Olivia Nielsen 1 0-0 2, Chelcee Downing 0 1-2 1. Totals — 22 2-11 46. FG shooting — 22-61 (36 percent). 3-point goals — 0-7. Rebounds — 33 (Mostek 11, Taylor 10, Briley 7, Somers 5).  Assists — 13 (Downing 4, Somers 4, Briley 3). Steals — 2 (Somers 1, Mostek 1). Blocked shots — 4 (Taylor 2, Mostek 2). Turnovers — 11. Team fouls — 13. Fouled out — Downing, Taylor.

JUNIOR VARSITY

The Creston girls JV team battled back and forth with Clarinda on Tuesday, escaping with a 40-37 overtime win.

“We were able to work harder and put up more points than them and come out with the victory,” Creston JV coach Mendy McCreight said. “Caitlin McIlravy hit a 3-pointer at the end of the fourth quarter to put us in overtime. She hustled and shot the ball very well for us tonight.”

McIlravy finished with a team-high 18 points for the Panthers and three assists. Cammy Rutherford added seven points with three rebounds. Maria Mostek scored five points, while Becca Ross chipped in four points with five rebounds. Madison Callahan also scored four points.

Creston improved to 8-8 for the season with the win.

Creston (40) — Caitlin McIlravy 18, Cammy Rutherford 7, Maria Mostek 5, Becca Ross 4, Madison Callahan 4, Jessica Beatty 2. 3-point goals — McIlravy 1. Free throws — 11-26. Rebounds — 23 (Ross 5, Beatty 4, McIlravy 3, Callahan 3, Rutherford 3, Mostek 2, Sadie Jones 2). Steals — 6 (Callahan 3). Assists — 6 (McIlravy 3). Team fouls — 9. Halftime score — Creston 16, Clarinda 15.

Clarinda (37)

FRESHMEN

The Creston freshmen got out to a slow start, but improved to 4-3 for the season with a 46-21 win over Clarinda.

“We started off a bit rusty, but hung in there and played good defense as we were having troubles getting the ball to go in the basket the first quarter,” Creston freshman coach Mendy McCreight said. “We played really good defense in the third quarter as we held them to zero points.”

Cammy Rutherford scored 18 points with 14 rebounds and eight steals to lead the way, while Madison Callahan scored 14 points with six boards.

Creston (46) — Cammy Rutherford 18, Madison Callahan 14, Rachel Shepherd 10, Jessica Beatty 4. 3-point goals — None. Free throws — 6-9. Rebounds — 32 (Rutherford 14, Shepherd 6, Callahan 6, Logan Pettit 3, Lexie Little 2). Steals — 14 (Rutherford 8, Callahan 2). Assists — 3 (Little 2). Team fouls — 13. Halftime score — Creston 19, Clarinda 15.

Clarinda (21)

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