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Panther girls bounce back against Atlantic

Published: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 1:40 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 1:53 a.m. CST

ATLANTIC — After a tough loss to Red Oak on Friday, the Creston girls basketball team bounced back Saturday with a 60-43 road win over Atlantic.

“It was a quick turnaround,” head coach Larry McNutt said. “I didn’t know how we’d play, but the girls did a good job of bouncing back and getting a good win.”

The win improved Creston to 8-12 for the season. The Panthers remain 2-8 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference, as the game did not count in the conference standings. Atlantic falls to 2-18 for the season.

The Panthers built a 31-17 lead at halftime, but Atlantic crawled back into the game, eventually cutting the deficit to 40-37 at the end of the third quarter.

“They came out in a box-and-one and triangle-and-two on both Jenna (Taylor) and Natalie (Mostek),” McNutt said. “They got back in the game, but we did a good job in the fourth quarter. We got some open shots and the girls did a good job of making shots down the stretch.”

Creston scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to cushion its lead and never looked back as the Panthers outscored Atlantic 20-6 in the final quarter.

A big part of Creston’s success, especially in the second half, was Taylor Briley, who had a breakout game offensively.

Briley scored 19 points to lead all scorers, with 15 of those points coming in the second half.

“Basically they weren’t guarding her and Camryn (Somers) on the wings,” McNutt said. “They did a good job of getting open and knocking down some shots. Taylor got some nice 10 to 12-foot looks at the basket.”

Taylor added 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Mostek recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Chelcee Downing scored seven points to go with seven assists and five rebounds.

“It was a good bounceback win, especially when they cut it to three,” McNutt said. “We stepped it up defensively when we needed to.”

The Panthers return to action Thursday at home for the final home game of the season. Creston hosts Clarinda for senior night.

The game will also be a “blackout” as McNutt encourages everyone to wear black to the game.

ATLANTIC (43) — Catherine Leonard 5 1-2 11, Meghan Reilly 5 0-0 10, Tiffany Williams 5 0-1 10, Macey Schmitt 1 2-2 5, Ayssa Siggins 1 1-2 3. Totals — 17 4-7 39. FG shooting — 17-45 (37 percent). 3-point goals — 1-4 (Schmitt 1). Steals — 7. Rebounds — 20. Turnovers — 21. Team fouls — 20. Fouled out — Mollee Welter.

CRESTON (60) — Taylor Briley 8 3-5 19, Jenna Taylor 7 3-3 17, Natalie Mostek 4 3-4 11, Chelcee Downing 2 2-2 7, Camryn Somers 1 2-5 4, Olivia Nielsen 1 0-0 2. Totals — 23 13-19 60. FG shooting — 23-51 (45 percent). 3-point goals — 1-7 (Downing 1). Rebounds — 31 (Mostek 12, Downing 5, Briley 5, Taylor 5, Somers 2).  Assists — 11 (Downing 7, Briley 2). Steals — 7 (Downing 2, Briley 2, Mostek 2). Turnovers — 12. Team fouls — 11. Fouled out — none.

Atlantic — 7 17 37 43

Creston — 11 31 40 60

JUNIOR VARSITY

The Creston JV team led Atlantic 24-14 at halftime, but struggled against Atlantic’s press in the second half of 42-34 loss.

The loss drops the Panther JV team to 11-9 for the season.

“We came out strong in the first and second quarters,” Creston JV coach Mendy McCreight said. “Then we fell apart and struggled against their press, and made bad passes on offense.”

Cammy Rutherford led Creston with 12 points and seven rebounds. Caitlin McIlravy added eight points with three assists.

Creston (34) — Cammy Rutherford 12, Caitlin McIlravy 8, Madison Callahan 6, Sadie Jones 4, Jessica Beatty 2, Becca Ross 2. 3-point goals — None. Free throws — 4-4. Rebounds — 20 (Rutherford 7, Maria Mostek 4, Callahan 3, Jones 2). Steals — 9 (Rutherford 3). Assists — 9 (McIlravy 3, Callahan 2, Mostek 2). Team fouls — 15. Halftime score — Creston 24, Atlantic 14.

Atlantic (42)

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