Glendale struggled from the field but stayed in the game through free throws, going 14 of 16 from the charity stripe to lead 21-16 at halftime.
Momentum carried the Lady Falcons through much of the third even as Central stayed hot on defense, getting four of their 11 steals with freshman guard Jaslyn Williams (12 points, three rebounds) contributing five of her own in the game.
“I felt like we weren’t faking our passes, not passing quick enough,” Glendale coach Renee Temple said of the turnover troubles. “We weren’t getting into the flow of the offense but we made changes and kept (Williams) from getting so many steals.”
Williams led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with 12, going 4 of 5 from the floor in the game’s final eight minutes to help Central grab the lead at one point.
But Glendale junior Keri Cook regained the lead for her team with points in the paint. Cook and GHS freshman guard Mariah Starks were battling illness.
“Since I’m sick I wanted to stay focused, and as a team we wanted to focus on playing together and getting the goals we set,” Cook said. “If you stay together as a team, it pays off.”
Cook led Glendale with 16 points ( 8 of 8 free throws) and kept up with her season average by snatching up 11 rebounds.
Glendale is 1-13 on the season will face Columbia-Hickman Saturday Jan. 26 in Camdenton for the Laker Shootout, while Central falls to 4-15 and will face Webb City on Jan. 28.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Central 5 11 8 17 --- 41
Glendale 7 14 6 19 --- 46
Central: J. Williams 12, Savannah Rush 9, Malyshia Hogan 9, Megan Cornman 6, Hannah Steinmetz 4, Leann Cody 1
Glendale: K. Cook 16, M. Starks 11, Stephanie McGinnis 7, Teaira Clancy 6, M. Zimmerman 4, Jennifer Pittman 2