COUNCIL BLUFFS — Council Bluffs Lewis Central earned another shot.
The No. 7 Titans will play for a state berth in a regional final for a seventh consecutive year after beating Glenwood 51-38 in a Class 4-A Region 7 semifinal Saturday at L.C.
Lewis Central (19-3) has lost its past six finals appearances to three eventual state champions, two runners-up and a semifinalist while playing in Iowa’s largest class.
Now competing in the second largest of the new five-class system, the Titans will face No. 4 Indianola (15-7) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Atlantic in search of their first state tournament bid since 2005.
Only two current players, seniors Aubrey Norville and Natalie Madsen, have played in a regional final. For the rest of the girls on the roster, this will be a first-time experience.
“That’s kind of the way it’s been all year for us,” L.C. coach Derek Archer said. “We’ve had two girls that played a lot. Beyond that, we had to have some other girls step up. I don’t anticipate it any different Tuesday night. I’m anticipating them to step up like they have all year.”
They certainly did Saturday. First-year starters Alexis Spielman and Paige Beacom combined for 30 points as Glenwood focused its defensive attention on slowing Norville in the post.
The senior had tallied 26 and 19 points for the Titans in two previous wins over the Rams this season. Glenwood clogged the inside with its zone Saturday, leaving Spielman open at the high post.
She canned five foul-line jumpers in the first half. The junior then buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key that capped an eight-point flurry to put L.C. up 24-15 late in the second.
“It’s our main offense. I saw them pack Aubrey down, so I just cut in the middle and kept hitting them,” Spielman said. “After the first one, they kept going in, so I just kept knocking them down.”
Spielman had 13 of her game-high 16 points before halftime. The second half belonged to Beacom, who scored all 14 of her points in the final two periods while collecting 12 rebounds.
Norville also finished in double figures with 13 points.
The Titans led by 10 or more for most of the second half. The Rams pulled within six with 2:09 to play on a 3 by Grace Newman before L.C. scored the last seven points of the game.
Glenwood (15-8) certainly performed better than in the last meeting between the teams. After losing by four here in December, the Rams were belted 56-18 on their home court last month.
The Titans scored the first 22 points of that game. Glenwood led 6-2 early this time.
“I’m proud of the girls’ effort,” Rams coach Barry Loeffelbein said. “It was a six-point game in the fourth quarter. I think we gave them a go. We just needed a shot to go down.”
Emily Blum was 5 for 6 from the floor in the second half to pace Glenwood with 15 points.
Glenwood (15-8) ................. 10 7 7 14—38
CB Lewis Central (19-3) ................. 10 14 12 15—51
G: Newman3-10 0-2 7, Darrow 1-6 0-0 3, Gutschenritter 1-3 0-0 2, Starner 2-8 0-0 5, Blum 7-11 1-1 15, Ostrander 1-1 4-6 6. Totals 15-39 5-9 38.
CBLC: N. Madsen 0-6 2-5 2, Beacom 7-10 0-0 14, Spielman 7-11 1-2 16, Norville 4-10 5-5 13, K. Madsen 1-4 0-2 3, Higgins 0-1 0-0 0, Doebelin 1-2 3, Pedersen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-44 8-14 51.
3-point goals: G 3-15 (Newman 1-5, Darrow 1-4, Gutschenritter 0-1, Starner 1-5), CBLC 3-15 (N. Madsen 0-4, Beacom 0-2, Spielman 1-2, K. Madsen 1-4, Higgins 0-1, Doebelin 1-2). Rebounds: G 24 (Starner 7), CBLC 30 (Beacom 12). Assists: G 11 (Gutschenritter 6), CBLC 12 (N. Madsen, Beacom, Norville, K. Madsen, Higgins 2). Turnovers: G 14, CBLC 10. Total fouls: G 18, CBLC 11. Fouled out: none.