COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Glenwood girls basketball program has had its moments through the years, but it isn’t steeped in tradition.
The Rams, however, broke into the state rankings this week at No. 14 in Class 4-A under first-year coach Brian Rasmussen. Glenwood upheld that lofty status on Friday with an entertaining 69-61 win over Council Bluffs St. Albert in the Jennie Ed Sports Med MAC Shootout at the Mid-America Center.
Rasmussen said he brought up his team’s ranking at halftime, when the Rams led 40-35 after an action-packed 16 minutes.
“I told them, ‘Now you’ve got a target on your back. Everybody’s looking to knock you down,’’’ he said.
Glenwood (9-3) responded well behind a terrific second half from 5-foot-8 freshman Madison Camden. She scored 13 of her game-high 22 points after the intermission to go with six rebounds and three assists.
“My team just knew I was on, and they kept getting it to me,’’ Camden said. “And I kept putting it in the hoop.’’
Rasmussen said he expected an early impact from Camden, who ranks second on the team with 11.9 points per game.
“It’s a tough transition, but I have all kinds of confidence and pretty lofty expectations for Madison, and she has definitely delivered,’’ Rasmussen said.
Elle Scarborough, a 5-9 sophomore, also delivered. She poured in 19 of her 21 points in the first half, hitting 7 of 13 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range.
“She’s a great player,’’ Rasmussen said. “She has the capabilities to step up, and when she’s on, she’s on. She had moments tonight when she was feeling it.’’
St. Albert (5-8) was within striking distance with 5:45 remaining, trailing 57-52 on Teagan Blackburn’s free throw. But the Saintes came up empty on several key possessions down the stretch, allowing the Rams to pull away.
“It was an entertaining game,’’ St. Albert coach Dick Wettengel said. “There was just a few minutes there where we didn’t hit anything. They’ve got some really good young talent.
“This conference is just a tough go for us every night out, being the smallest school in it. I give our kids a lot of credit. They hung in there the whole ballgame.’’
Seniors Bailey White and Blackburn led the Saintes with 12 points each. White added seven rebounds and four assists, and Blackburn grabbed nine rebounds.
Glenwood (9-3)………….21 19 11 18—69
CB St. Albert (5-8)………21 14 12 14—61
G: Madison Camden 22, Elle Scarborough 21, Brielle Smith 10, Brooklyn Taylor 7, Brynlee Arnold 4, Joslyn Lewis 3, Coryl Matheny 2.
SA: Bailey White 12, Teagan Blackburn 12, Isabel Pershing 9, Allie Petry 7, Emily Recher 6, Jordyn Blaha 6, Keely Socha 3, Makenna Shepard 2, Veronica Svajgl 2, Lauren Williams 2.
Glenwood boys 68, CB St. Albert 54
The Rams aren’t a physically imposing team. They are known more for their offensive skill than their rebounding.
Yet they grabbed 18 offensive rebounds and 48 total en route to their 14-point victory over the Falcons. The game didn’t count in the Hawkeye Ten Conference standings.
“We’re really getting to the glass and second and third opportunities, and I think that was a big key tonight,’’ Glenwood coach Curt Schulte said.
Christian Stanislav scored a game-high 22 for the defending 3-A champs, and the rest of the scoring was spread out.
“I really feel like we’re starting to mesh right now,’’ Schulte said.
Lance Wright scored 13 for St. Albert (3-9), which has played the second-toughest schedule among 147 Iowa 1-A teams, according to Brent Moore’s website.
“I think we can go toe to toe with anybody in 1-A,’’ St. Albert coach Ben Holling said. “I guess we’re playing a lot of tough teams. I just don’t want the kids to quit because they’re not getting rewarded with the wins.’’
Glenwood (9-2)……………19 15 15 19—68
CB St. Albert (3-9)…………12 12 8 22—54
G: Christian Stanislav 22, Jack Hughes 9, Cade Van Ness 8, Ryan Blum 8, Dax Lappala 7, Ryan Leath 7, Zach Carr 6, Justin Giambalvo 1.
SA: Lance Wright 13, Jeff Miller 9, Connor Cerny 7, Jared Gast 6, Reed Miller 5, Sam Rallis 4, Aiden Antisdel 4, Cy Patterson 3, Jack Eickholt 3.