Glenwood emerged from a game of runs with a berth in the Class 4A semifinals for the second straight year.
The second-seeded Rams built a double-digit lead early in the second half, then had to hold off a large charge by seventh-seeded Bondurant-Farrar for a 64-59 quarterfinal victory.
A couple of steals and key offensive rebound in the final minute helped the Rams stave off the Bluejays, who chopped the deficit down to three points after trailing by as many as 17.
Jenna Hopp and Madison Camden scored 18 points each to lead the Rams (19-4), who lost to Ballard 47-45 in last year’s championship game. Hopp added six steals, five assists, four rebounds and a block to her line, while Camden had three assists, three steals and two rebounds.
Abby Hughes scored 17 for Glenwood and came up with a big offensive rebound and putback to help secure the victory.
Katelyn Lappe fought through constant double teams to lead Bondurant-Farrar (16-7) with 19 points. She also grabbed nine rebounds, blocked six shots and handed out five assists. Mia Miller added 13 points and seven assists for the Bluejays, while Hannah Greene scored 11.
Bondurant-Farrar carried the momentum from an upset of fourth-ranked Indianola in district play to a fast start in this one, shooting 57 percent in the opening quarter while building a 19-13 lead. Greene’s 3-pointer stretched it to 24-16 before the Rams came storming back, rattling off 16 straight points to go up 32-24.
Glenwood led the rest of the way, though Bondurant-Farrar made things interesting at the end.
Down 58-41, the Bluejays went on a 15-1 run that included six points from Lappe to whittle the lead to 59-56. They got the ball back with a chance to tie it or get within a single point, but missed a 3-point shot and their threat fizzled.
Camden sank two free throws with 49.3 seconds left, then stole the ball and got it Hopp, who was fouled. Hopp missed the free throw, but Hughes leaped in for the rebound and banked in a layup for a 61-56 lead.
A steal by Hopp led to a Camden free throw that made it 64-56 with 17 seconds left and that was enough to send the Rams to the next round. They’ll play again at 6:45 p.m. Thursday.