Carroll downs Glenwood in district opener

Caden Johnson was held to nine points, nine below his average, in Glenwood's district loss to Carroll Monday night.

Glenwood dug itself an early hold and spent the rest of its night never quite digging out in a 69-57 loss to Carroll in the Class 3A, Substate 8 first round Monday night in Carroll.

The Rams (10-11) trailed 18-8 after the first quarter and twice cut the lead Tigers’ lead to six in the second half but could no closer in the season-ending loss.

“Carroll is a very talented team and we knew that coming in,” Schulte said. “They have a real solid guard court and some strong players down low. But we battled for 32 minutes. I’m proud of our efforts.

“We just dug ourselves a hole getting down early and I thought we played with them the next three quarters. We just came up a little short.”

The Rams’ defense effectively contained Tigers’ leading scorer Kaleb Booth, holding the guard to just six points, 14 points below his average. But Nick Macke filled Booth’s scoring gap with a 21 points night and Caden Kock added 16 points off the bench.

“Our focus was to slow him down,” Schulte said of the high-scoring Booth. “He had a big game against Harlan with 30 points the other night. How he goes, they usually go. We held him to six points. I thought we did a really nice job with him. But Macke and Kock really killed us. They were the difference.”

A big difference for Glenwood’s offense as the Tigers’ defense on the Rams’ leading soccer, Caden Johnson. The junior guard was held to nine points, nine points below his 18.7 scoring average this season.

“They did a good job of defending Caden,” Schulte said. “They doubled him. But for the most part, I thought we had a lot of other guys step up and we made several runs to cut it to six a few times, we just couldn’t get it any closer than that.”

Jayme Fritts led the Rams with 12 points. Logyn Eckheart added 11 points.

Glenwood closes its season with a record of 10-11, their first non-winning record since the 2014-2015 season.

“We’ve gone a good run and we could have easily won a few more of those games. I don’t know how many games we lost by eight points or less. I’m really proud of this group’s effort.”

Four Ram seniors suited up for the last time in the game.

“They’re a hard-working group,” Schulte said. “We competed with everyone this season. We won a lot of close games and we lost our share of close games. They’re just such a hard- working group that played for each other. I’m really going to miss our seniors, Tommy (Johnson), Jayme (Fritts), Grant (Von Essen) and Dylan (Bird). They had an awesome four-years and they are class acts.”

Schulte can’t help but he excited about the future, however. Six of the Rams’ top nine players returns, including three starters.

“We have a good nucleus coming back,” Schulte said. “Our future is very bright.”

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