REINBECK - When it was all over, Gladbrook-Reinbeck head coach Bruce Bailey let out a 240-point sigh of relief.
His team had just played a game like no other.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck defeated West Marshall 122-118 on Monday in a girls' basketball matchup that set the national record for combined points in a game.
T-R PHOTO BY MARK PAWLAK
Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Emily Dinsdale (42) fights for a rebound in traffic with teammates Emily Stoakes (30), Jenna Roeding (44) and Lauen Bengen (obscured), and West Marshall’s Alexa Hotopp (51) and Katelynn Sjoblom during Monday’s NICL West Division shootout in Reinbeck. The two teams combined for a national-record 240 points in Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s 122-118, double-overtime victory.
After Bondurant-Farrar's halfcourt buzzer-beater against Roland-Story gained national attention last week, Iowa girls' basketball will stay in the spotlight thanks to the Rebels and the Trojans.
"That's amazing," Bailey said of the record 240 combined points. "I think that's a big plus for girls basketball in Iowa. That'll bring a little recognition to the state just like that Bondurant-Farrar shot the other night. It's just a neat thing for girls basketball."
"I've never been in a game like that," he added.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck 122, West Marshall 118, 2 OT
WEST MARSHALL (15-4, 9-3) - McKenzie Shipley 2 3-5 7, McKenna Hotopp 9 2-4 22, Molly Underwood 5 5-13 15, Katelynn Sjoblom 1 1-2 3, Alexa Hotopp 7 8-9 22, Keann Kelber 2 0-0 4, Hailee Halverson 18 0-6 36, Taylor Weyer 3 0-0 9. TOTALS 47 19-39 118.
GLADBROOK-REINBECK (14-7, 7-5) - Addi Kickbush 7 2-3 19, Paige Thompson 6 5-11 20, Lauren Bengen 7 5-7 23, Emily Dinsdale 6 3-6 18, Jenna Roeding 2 5-6 9, Emily Stoakes 6 4-16 16, Erin Wentzien 3 0-2 7, Emily Snider 3 4-4 10. TOTALS 40 28-55 122.
3-Point Goals - WM 5 (Weyer 3, M. Hotopp 2); GR 14 (Bengen 4, Kickbush 3, Thompson 3, Dinsdale 3, Wentzien). Fouled out - Shipley, Kelber, A.Hotopp, Roeding.
The National Federation of State High School Associations records listed as the previous high the 222 points by Thrasher and Wheeler in Mississippi during the 2004 season in which Thrasher won 113-109.
"It was the most unusual five-on-five game I've ever heard of," said West Marshall head coach Fred Zeller. "I thought our kids handled it top-to-bottom about as good as anybody could, (Gladbrook-Reinbeck's) kids too. It was a classic, that's for sure."
By taking Monday's double overtime contest, the Rebels won their eighth game in a row to improve to 14-7 for the season and 7-5 in NICL West play. Gladbrook-Reinbeck now has scored over 100 points in three in a row. The Rebels run 'The System' - a playing style based on pushing the tempo, shooting 3-pointers, creating turnovers and mass substitutions.
West Marshall (15-4, 9-3) has an athletic group and went up-and-down the court with G-R for a historic night on the scoreboard.
"It got a little tiring out there, but it was fun," said Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Lauren Bengen.
"I feel pretty good now knowing that I was able to be a part of history with all the points. That's pretty cool."
The Trojans led 18-16 at the end of the first quarter. The Rebels torched the nets for 35 points in the second quarter and led 51-46 at halftime.
West Marshall hit for 34 points in the third and led 80-77 going into the final 8 minutes of regulation.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck trailed by five with less than 3 minutes left in the fourth before rallying to force overtime.
"It was a really exciting game, nerve-wracking though," said G-R junior guard Paige Thompson. "We were able to pull it out. We stuck together as a team."
The game was tied at 98-all at the end of the fourth quarter and then 108-all after the first overtime.
Hailee Halverson had the final basket (two of her game-high 36 points on the night) of regulation with 15 seconds remaining for West Marshall. The Trojans got to the second overtime after Molly Underwood made two free throws with 3 seconds left in the first overtime.
Five Gladbrook-Reinbeck players scored at least 16 points. Bengen led the way with 23 points, Thompson had 20 points, Addi Kickbush 19, Emily Dinsdale 18 and Emily Stoakes 16.
Stoakes also added 10 rebounds, seven steals and five blocks. Thompson had a team-high six assists as well.
"Wow, that was a lot of fun," Bailey said. "West Marshall played our game, they can go up and down the floor just like we do, they've got good athletes. It turned into a running game which we want, it gives us a chance."
Thompson took control of the game in the second overtime with a pair of quick 3-pointers to put the Rebels ahead. Taylor Weyer gave West Marshall its final lead with a 3-pointer with 2 minutes left at 117-116. Dinsdale answered with a trey of her own seconds later to put G-R up for good.
Ten of the Rebels 14 points in the second overtime came from their point guard Thompson.
"I just felt like it was time. This game needed to be over sometime and I thought that helped our team out," Thompson said of her second-overtime 3s. "They did a good job of getting me the ball, I was open and I got the shot."
Gladbrook-Reinbeck finished with 14 3-pointers on the night. Bengen had a team-high four, while Kickbush, Thompson and Dinsdale had three apiece.
The mind-boggling numbers go on and on as both teams raced past their respective school records for points in a game.
Halverson's 36 points were a career-high to go along with 18 rebounds. She had 18 field goals on the night.
"They do that to everybody, they say go ahead and make a two, we'll come down and shoot a three," Zeller said. "Hailee converted most of them and we found her. Eighteen rebounds and 36 points, tell me anybody in the state that's ever done that? There might be somebody somewhere but she played hard and had some kind of game."
Underwood handed out 12 assists for the Trojans to go with 15 points. McKenna Hotopp had 22 points and five assists, while Alexa Hotopp had 22 points and eight rebounds.
Foul trouble was a concern for both teams. West Marshall had three players foul out on the night after starting by committing 10 fouls in the opening quarter. Gladbrook-Reinbeck finished 28-for-55 from the line. The Trojans went 19-for-39.
West Marshall travels to Class 2A No. 10 Bondurant-Farrar tonight. Gladbrook-Reinbeck's regular season is complete and the Rebels open regional play Saturday with a rematch with the Trojans in State Center.