COUNCIL BLUFFS — Glenwood took a three-point lead in the first quarter that it never relinquished en route to a 66-55 win over Council Bluffs St. Albert on Friday night at the MAC Shootout.
The Falcons (5-6) trailed by as many as 13, but several second-half rallies forced the Rams to respond at the Mid-America Center.
Four players scored in double figures for Class 3-A No. 2 Glenwood (10-1), led by Christian Stanislav with 18 points and eight rebounds, Zach Carr added 16 points.
“We knew they were going to go on a run, they’re a good basketball team, very well coached,” Glenwood coach Curt Schulte said. “We just had to withstand their runs.”
Down 36-27 at halftime, St. Albert went on an 8-2 run to start the third quarter to make it 38-35. But St. Albert couldn’t get over the hump, and the teams traded baskets the rest of the way with Glenwood taking a 44-39 lead into the fourth.
In the fourth, the Rams went up 49-41 but the Falcons had another run in them to cut it to 50-45 behind a pair of Jared Gast buckets.
St. Albert had a chance to cut it to three, but two contested layups bounced around the rim and Stanislav ran out for a layup on the other end.
Two more buckets from Carr made it 54-45, and Glenwood didn’t let the Falcons get closer than eight the rest of the way.
“They’re extremely talented but more so than that, when you get down double digits to any team it’s tough,” St. Albert coach Ben Holling said. “You can’t get down early and I was trying to tell them that from the start of the game.”
Gast led the Falcons with 18 points to go with six rebounds in starting for senior Matt Fagan. Tyler Blaha added 17 points and six boards, while leading scorer Jake Carley was held to 10 points.
“We’ve just got to be tougher,” Holling said of his team. “You don’t have to be perfect to beat this team but you have to be close, and when you have mental lapses it causes a lot of trouble.”
Glenwood (10-1)…………17 19 8 22—66
St. Albert (5-6)………….13 12 14 16—55
G: Nate Mohr 6, Cody Buresh 2, Zach Carr 16, Andrew Blum 10, Christian Stanislav 18, Blake Von Essen 10, Ryan Blum 4.
SA: Tyler Blaha 17, Jake Carley 10, Jared Gast 18, Kyle Barnes 5, Luke Waters 3, Reed Miller 1, Lance Wright 1.
CB St. Albert girls 53, Glenwood 45
Glenwood cut a 10-point deficit to 41-39 on Elle Scarborough’s 3-pointer with 6:45 left.
St. Albert responded with the next six points while holding the Rams scoreless over the next four minutes. Erin Wright sank two free throws and Teagan Blackburn scored then assisted an Izabella Shaw hoop.
Wright later fed Emily Recher for a nine-point lead with 1:31 remaining, and the Saintes went on to complete the season sweep.
“We played with some poise down the stretch,” St. Albert coach Dick Wettengel said. “We did a much better job of protecting the basketball and making good decisions.”
Bailey White led the Saintes with 20 points and seven rebounds, hitting 4 of 7 from 3-point range. Recher added 15 points. St. Albert was boosted by the return of senior point Kalyn Wettengel, who had missed the previous two games with an injury.
Scarborough, a 5-foot-8 freshman, led Glenwood with 15 points and Danielle Hardcastle added nine.
Glenwood (4-8, 3-5)……………14 10 10 11—45
CB St. Albert (7-6, 3-3)………..17 14 10 12—53
G: Nikki Schuppan 6, Elle Scarborough 15, Brooklyn Taylor 4, Sidney Lucy 6, Danielle Hardcastle 9, Joslyn Lewis 5.
SA: Bailey White 20, Emily Recher 15, Teagan Blackburn 3, Erin Wright 2, Kalyn Wettengel 5, Jordyn Blaha 2, Emma Shaw 2, Izabella Shaw 4.