SHENANDOAH – Creston girls basketball held their own Tuesday against class 3A No. 10 Shenandoah, but clutch shooting late in the game for the Fillies staved off any Panther upset bid.
Shenandoah led 53-51 with two minutes left in regulation, but Creston failed to hit a basket over the game’s final stretch while the Fillies got some clutch play from senior guard Carley Manrose, who drained a triple in the final moments, leading to a 60-52 win.
The Fillies capped the contest with quality free throw shooting down the stretch.
“It was a close game. It was always a one or two possession game the whole way,” said Neubauer. “We were down one and had some chances to take the lead and didn’t quite finish.”
Logan Hughes deposited 31 points for Shenandoah, but Creston head coach Tony Neubauer wasn’t displeased with the way Brielle Baker defended her.
“I’ve never said this before, but I’ve never had a kid play as good of defense on a kid and still score 31 points. She made some really tough shots,” Neubauer said.
Kelsey Fields led the way for the Panthers on offense with 19 points while Sam Dunphy deposited 13.
Neubauer noted that Shenandoah looked to take away Brielle Baker early in the game as Creston struggled a bit out of the gate.
“Once we settled down we did OK. They made an early point emphasis to try and take Brielle away,” said Neubauer. “Sam and Kelsey started a little slow but they really started to play well in the second half.”
Baker finished with 11 points.
The Panthers fell behind by 11 in the first half, but clawed their way back into things and trailed by just five at the end of the first half.
“It was a two-point game with two minutes left and we just didn’t make enough plays to win. We improved from Friday,” added Neubauer. “We did a lot of good things. We had a few lapses on defense and still a few turnovers we need to correct.”
UP NEXT – Creston (1-2) comes home for a three-game homestand starting with Atlantic on Friday (0-4).
Shenandoah 60, Creston 52
Crest (52) — 8 12 13 19
Shen (60) — 14 11 15 20
CRESTON (FG FT PTS) — Totals — 19 5-7 52. Kelsey Fields 9 1-1 19, Sam Dunphy 6 1-2 13, Brielle Baker 4 2-2 11, Sydney Hartsock 1 0-0 3, Saige Rice 1 0-0 3, Bree Ross 1 0-0 2, Braelyn Baker 0 1-2 1. 3-point goals — 3 (Dunphy 1, Rice 1, Brielle Baker 1). Team fouls — 11. Fouled out — None.
SHENANDOAH (FG FT PTS) — Totals — 21 9-12 60. Logan Hughes 14 3-5 31, Roxy Denton 4 4-5 12, Claire Campbell 3 0-0 8, Carlie Manrose 2 2-2 7, Nichole Gilbert 1 0-0 2. 3-point goals — 3 (Campbell 2, Manrose 1). Team fouls — 14. Fouled out — None.
JV girls win again
The Creston girls JV squad picked up another win Tuesday night with a 46-37 victory over Shenandoah JV.
Rylie Driskell was once again the leading scorer with 19 points in which she hit three 3-pointers with Brianna Fields following right behind, posting 16 points.
Kara Kinsella added six points on her own as Creston’s defense held Shenandoah to just 10 points in the first half.