GLENWOOD, Iowa — So much for a Council Bluffs Lewis Central letdown.

The Titans were coming off an emotional upset of Harlan and an ensuing week of so-so practices. Lewis Central girls coach Derek Archer didn’t know what to expect in his team’s next showdown with another Hawkeye Ten Conference rival.

Starting the game with a 22-0 lead on Glenwood’s home floor was a pleasant surprise.

The Iowa Class 4-A No. 10 Titans locked down defensively, stifling the Rams for nearly 10 minutes before cruising to a 56-18 snoozer Friday night for their seventh straight win.

“I thought maybe we’d have a hangover from a big win against (Harlan),” Archer said. “But obviously I was wrong.”

Glenwood (7-4, 5-2 Hawk-10) missed all 12 of its first-quarter attempts and didn’t get on the board until Halie Darrow hit a midrange baseline shot on an inbounds play with 6:10 left before halftime.

Lewis Central (8-1, 6-0), meanwhile, had nine players score in the blowout. Senior Aubrey Norville turned in a game-high 19 points, including 12 in the second half, while Rylee Higgins and Paige Beacom each added eight.

“We’ve been waiting for this (breakthrough) game; we knew it was going to happen,” Norville said. “Each time we step on the floor we’re getting better, and that’s what should be happening at this point in the season.”

The Rams, averaging 45.5 points per game and tied for second in the league entering Friday, shot 8 of 39 (20.5 percent) overall. The struggles came in all forms, with open misses and air balls far too common, not to mention 19 turnovers.

Perhaps most amazing for the league-leading Titans is they committed a total of five fouls all night. Glenwood didn’t shoot a free throw while misfiring on 15 of its 17 attempts from long range.

“We’ve seen where if they get to the basket, they can break down a defense,” Archer said. “Our main focus tonight was playing solid and not gambling, and they did a great job of doing that.”

Norville opened the scoring with a layup, and L.C. led 14-0 after the first quarter. She was one of six Titans to score before Glenwood’s first basket.

Even better, Archer said, was that Lewis Central didn’t let up with the big cushion. Its largest lead was the final one after Madison Paulson nailed a trey right before the final buzzer.

The matchup looked to feature the Hawk-10’s top two scorers in Glenwood’s Grace Newman (17 points per game) and Norville (16.1). Newman led her side with eight points on 3-of-6 shooting but none of the Rams ever found a rhythm against Lewis Central’s 2-3 zone.

L.C. and Glenwood split their two games and the conference title last year. But Glenwood graduated the bulk of its eventual state tournament team, including four starters.

Norville said last week’s win against Harlan gave the Titans a newfound confidence. Keeping that momentum — against a talented Glenwood group — was a focus Friday.

“This is what we’ve worked for and exactly our game plan,” Norville said. “We’re doing what Coach says and it was working. We came out hard, our defense was working and that’s where it all started.”

CB Lewis Central (8-1, 6-0) ................. 14 16 12 14—56

At Glenwood (7-4, 5-2) ................. 0 7 7 4—18

LC: Rylee Higgins 2-4 2-2 8, Dana Doebelin 0-2 1-2 1, Natalie Madsen 2-4 2-2 6, Paige Beacom 3-4 0-2 8, Madison Paulson 1-1 0-0 3, Alexis Spielman 2-8 0-0 4, Shelby Simonin 0-1 0-0 0, Aubrey Norville 8-12 3-4 19, Kye Madsen 1-3 0-0 3, Amy Pedersen 2-2 0-1 4. Totals: 21-41, 8-13 56.

G: Grace Newman 3-6 0-0 8, Halie Darrow 2-7 0-0 4, Sydney Gutschenritter 0-6 0-0 0, Bailey Starner 1-9 0-0 2, Jana King 1-2 0-0 2, Hayley Matthews 0-0 0-0 0, Emily Blum 1-8 0-0 2, Reiny Ostrander 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 8-39 0-0 18.

3-point goals: LC 6-16 (Higgins 2-3, Doebelin 0-1, Madsen 0-1, Beacom 2-3, Paulson 1-1, Spielman 0-3, Simonin 0-1, Kye Madsen 1-3), G 2-17 (Newman 2-2, Darrow 0-4, Gutschenritter 0-3, Starner 0-5, King 0-1, Blum 0-2). Rebounds: LC 28 (Spielman 10), G 20 (Newman 7). Assists: LC 8 (Natalie Madsen 3), G 4 (Starner 2). Turnovers: LC 11, G 19. Total fouls: LC 5, G 11. Fouled out: None.

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