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Rams avenge earlier loss to Atlantic

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ATLANTIC, Iowa — This time, with conference implications on the line, the Glenwood boys were up to the task.

When the Rams last faced Atlantic in Glenwood on Dec. 15, the Trojans left town with a nine-point victory. But that game didn’t count toward the Hawkeye Ten Conference standings.

So when Tuesday’s rematch came around, the Rams had the game circled on the calendar.

They wanted not only to avenge one of two losses on the season, but also to pick up a conference victory. That’s why Glenwood’s win on the road over the Trojans was extra special.

The Rams closed the first half on an 8-3 run, then opened the third quarter on a 7-1 spurt to grab control of the game on their way to a 75-65 triumph.

Glenwood improved to 9-2 overall and 5-1 in Hawk-10 play, good for a second-place tie with Carroll Kuemper behind Harlan. Atlantic dropped to 9-2 and 4-2.

“It’s a big win,” said Glenwood sophomore Nate Mohr, who finished with 25 points and nine assists. “This was a conference game, and the one that matters. We just came off a loss to Kuemper, so this really gets us back up.”

The Rams was efficient from the field as they made 8 of 13 shots from 3-point range and 22 of 42 field-goal attempts.

They also displayed impressive balance. Joining Mohr in double figures were Andrew Blum (16), Connor Weis (14) and Christian Stanislav (10).

Additionally, the Rams’ defensive effort was an improvement since their last meeting. Atlantic’s leading scorers, Ryan Hawkins and Dalton Franken, combined for 36 points, but Franken was limited to nine. Both fouled out late in the game.

“We knew we had to do a better job than we did in Glenwood,” said Rams coach Curt Schulte, whose team lost 57-48 in December. “We gave up way too many points the first time we played them, and I think we defended much better.

“We felt if we played solid defense and rebounded that our chances were pretty good tonight.”

Atlantic got 13 points from Austin Alexander, but Trojans coach Alan Jenkins didn’t leave satisfied with the performance.

“I thought we were very poor tonight,” Jenkins. “I didn’t think there was any sense of urgency at any point.”

Glenwood (9-2, 5-1) 13 15 19 28—75

At Atlantic (9-2, 4-2) 13 12 15 25—65

G: Nate Mohr 7-15 7-8 25, Drake Harrington 0-1 0-0 0, Andrew Blum 5-10 5-6 16, Carter Von Essen 0-1 0-0 0, Connor Weis 6-7 2-7 14, Kobe Rhodes 1-2 2-3 5, Aaron Bertini 0-2 3-4 3, Talon Stromgren 1-1 0-0 2, Christian Stanislav 2-3 4-6 10. Totals: 22-42 23-34 75.

A: Austin Alexander 5-11 0-0 13, Ryan Hawkins 8-14 11-16 27, Kyle Nelson 1-2 0-0 3, Garrett Franken 2-11 4-4 9, Scott Leonard 1-1 2-3 4, Brendan Holmes 0-6 0-0 0, Grant Podhajsky 3-7 0-2 9. Totals: 20-52 17-25 65.

3-point goals: G 8-13 (Mohr 4-7, Harrington 0-1, Blum 1-1, Rhodes 1-1, Stanislav 2-3). A 8-22 (Alexander 3-8, Nelson 1-1, Franken 1-4, Holmes 0-4, Podhajsky 3-5). Rebounds: G 31 (Blum 8), A 28 (Hawkins 14). Assists: G 13 (Mohr 9), A 8 (Hawkins 3). Steals: G 2 (Mohr, Blum), A 4 (Podhajsky 2). Blocks: G 1 (Blum), A 0. Turnovers: G 8, A 6.

Glenwood girls 40, Atlantic 37

Glenwood trailed 31-25 at the start of the fourth quarter, then outscored Atlantic 15-6 in the final eight minutes.

Glenwood’s 6-foot-3 post, Danika Lucy, led all scorers with 19 points and added eight rebounds and six blocks. Molly Dean added nine points for the Rams.

Catherine Leonard and Erin Olsen paced Atlantic with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

Glenwood (7-4) 8 7 10 15—40

At Atlantic (6-6) 7 4 20 6—37

G: Molly Dean 9, Emma Ringsdorf 2, Alicia Leu 7, Danika Lucy 19, Sidney Lucy 2, Brielle Smith 1.

A: Erin Olsen 13, Catherine Leonard 15, Tiffany Williams 2, McKenna Den Beste 2, Stephanie Sandbothe 2, Skye Thompson 3.

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402-444-1201, sports@owh.com

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