No. 15 West Marshall continues torrid start

STATE CENTER — It’s been a hot start for the Class 3A No. 15 West Marshall girls’ basketball team, and it only got hotter Tuesday.

After holding Gladbrook-Reinbeck scoreless in the first quarter, and to just six points in the first half, the Trojans (4-0, 2-0 NICL West) grabbed another conference win in a 61-23 rout of Gladbrook-Reinbeck (0-5, 0-2 NICL West) Tuesday night.

Isabelle Gradwell had 20 points, 18 of which came in the half, to lead the Trojans’ charge. Brooke Snider had 15 points, 10 of which came in less than four minutes in to the second half, to give Gradwell a helping hand.

Reagan Skovgard led the Rebels’ with nine points on four made field goals, including a 3-pointer in the second half.

West Marshall coach Fred Zeller said even though Gradwell had a big first half, the Trojans’ 3-point shooting was off, making six total baskets from behind the arc.

“We’ve got to hit some more shots. We didn’t shoot that well from 3-point,” Zeller said. “Part of our game is 3-pointers and we didn’t really light it up, but made up for it some with our defense.”

Trojan defenders picked the pockets of G-R players 12 times, with junior Emma Meyer leading the way with four steals. Meyer also had four rebounds in the win.

West Marshall found scoring from nine different players, including Gradwell and Snider. Senior Madde Green had six points while sophomore Kayla Cripps had five (with a made 3-pointer); Shannon Breja had two made field goals in the first half for four points; Georgia Porter, Karlyn Snider and Teresa Disney all had three points off the West Marshall bench and freshman Renae Schaper posted up for a basket late in the second half to become the ninth scorer Tuesday night.

“The kids came into the game, ready to play and put some pressure on them, and they didn’t handle the pressure very well,” Zeller said. “We’ve got some pretty good defenders, we’re pretty quick, and that quickness kind of got to them. It’s just one of those games that didn’t have much flow to it, but they stayed after it.”

G-R head coach Bruce Bailey said the inexperience of his team, posted against the physical abilities of the 15th-ranked Trojans was lopsided from the start. However, there are some positives to be learned from a weekday struggle.

“I see progress every game,” Bailey said. “We’re just young and inexperienced right now, but we’ve got to keep at what our game plan is, the best we can.”

Bailey also said he was pleased with the success junior Megan Swanson had, scoring four points and going 2-for-6 at the free-throw line, as well as Taylor Gienger, who had six points and led the Rebels as point guard.

Lily Ehlers canned a 3-pointer in the first half, one of just two scorers in the first stanza for the Rebels. And Morgan Kelley had a point, going 1-for-2 at the free-throw line.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck heads to Eldora on Friday to take on South Hardin, while the Trojans will battle the Spartans at Grundy Center.

Grundy Center 56, East Marshall 34

GRUNDY CENTER (3-1, 1-1) — Reegan Zinkula 3 2-4 10, Hailey Wallis 6 0-0 16, Madison McMartin 3 1-2 7, Kylie Willis 1 0-0 2, Brooke Flater 3 6-11 12, Jessica Ayers 1 0-0 3, Landry Luhring 0 0-0 0, Sydney Mathews 0 0-0 0, Cora Saak 2 0-0 5, Sarah Lindeman 0 1-4 1. TOTALS 19 10-21 56.

EAST MARSHALL (2-2, 1-2) — Emily Terrones 1 0-0 3, Bobbi Amendt 4 2-6 11, Melinda Puumala 2 3-4 7, Olivia Terrones 3 1-6 7, Madison Farrington 1 0-2 2, Tylyn Eicher 1 2-2 4, Carrington Curphy 0 0-2 0, Maria Rasmusson 0 0-0 0, Abigail Beal 0 0-0 0, Regan McIlrath 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 12 8-20 34.

GRUNDY CTR.    10    21    12    13    —    56

E. MARSHALL    9    9    7    9    —    34

3-Point Goals–GC 8 (Wallis 4, Zinkula 2, Ayers, Saak); EM 2 (Ament, E. Terrones).