PREP BASKETBALL: Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys beat Sumner-Fredericksburg and Grundy Center
Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s boys basketball team continued its strong 2020-21 season with a pair of wins Monday and Tuesday, first defeating Sumner-Fredericksburg (4-7) 40-30 on the road and then defeating NICL West rivals Grundy Center (8-2, 5-1 NICL West) 65-37 Tuesday.
In the win over the Cougars, William Kiburis led G-R (7-2, 4-1 NICL West) with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Luke Riffey scored 14 points as well as the Rebels came back from a 15-13 halftime deficit to outscore S-F 27-15 in the final 16 minutes of game action.
Against Grundy Center, the G-R offense was on its game — all 65 points for the Rebels were scored by five players, and all five reached double figures.
Kiburis scored 15 added 10 assists. Tristen Sanford-Anders scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Caleb Egesdal and Dylan Riffey scored 13 points apiece, and Luke Riffey scored 10 points while grabbing seven rebounds.
G-R girls split a pair
Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls’ basketball struggled in its opening two games of the week.
The Rebels (4-6, 3-2 NICL West) dropped a 55-24 game to Sumner-Fredericksburg Monday night on the road, struggling offensively and failing to reach double-digits in any quarter. The team’s leading scorer on the night was Katie Clark with nine points and five rebounds. Belen Ellenberger scored six points and Mahayla Olson scored five. G-R shot 28.1 percent from the floor and 1-for-5 from three against the Cougars (9-4).
Tuesday night, at home against No. 9-ranked Grundy Center (8-2), the Rebels were behind from the jump. Again failing to score double-digits in any quarter, G-R had seven points in the first half and nine points in the second half while losing 59-16 to the Spartans.
Mahayla Olson and Saari Kuehl did not play for the Rebels against GC.
Mustangs tipped by Tigers
ELDORA — East Marshall girls’ basketball couldn’t find the offense it needed in the second half to pull off a win over South Hardin Tuesday night. The Mustangs (3-8, 0-6) led 16-12 at the half but only scored 14 in the second half en route to a 48-30 loss to the Tigers (3-9, 2-4).
South Hardin scored 22 in the fourth quarter to overwhelm the Mustangs and pull away.
Morgan Neuroth led East Marshall in scoring with eight points — seven of which came from the free-throw line. Ellie Hull scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds, while senior Clare Veren scored six points.
EM boys dropped on road
ELDORA — The disappointing start to the season for East Marshall boys’ basketball continued Tuesday night in Eldora, with a poor second half dooming the Mustangs (3-7, 1-5 NICL West) to a 59-46 loss to the South Hardin Tigers (8-3, 5-1 NICL West).
The Mustangs scored just 13 points in the first half, trailing 35-13 and leaving themselves a mountain to climb. Despite outscoring the Tigers 33-24 in the second half, the damage had been done.
Logan Bowie led East Marshall with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. Drew Runner scored 17 and had a double-double with 15 rebounds.
STC girls lose to Benton
TAMA — The South Tama County girls’ basketball team is still winless on the season after falling short to Benton Community (7-4) 55-28 Tuesday night.
Neena Lasley scored seven points and tied for the team lead with Carissa Musgrave. Adriana Cervantes scored six points for the Trojans (0-8).
STC snaps 49-game slide
VAN HORNE — At long last, the STC Trojan boys’ basketball team has a win under its belt.
The Trojans (1-5) snapped a 49-game losing streak by beating 0-11 Benton Community, 47-44, on Tuesday night to pick up their first win since the 2017-18 season, when the team went 15-9.
The Trojans were down 21-19 at the half, but a 13-2 third quarter put them in the drivers’ seat heading into the fourth quarter. STC was able to withstand a late run by Benton to pick up the long-awaited victory.
Leading the way was Eli Keahna with 18 points and eight rebounds. Kenny Balderas scored 13 points to help ease the scoring burden on Keahna, while Pablo Ramirez contributed nine points.
Trojans defeat Comets
CONRAD — Peyton Hart, TJ Schuler and Parker Reese scored eight points apiece to lead the West Marshall boys past BCLUW 40-28 in Tuesday’s NICL West clash.
Joey Tollefson added seven points and Grahm Nason led with 10 rebounds in a low-scoring affair.
Noah Gallentine had seven points and Jack Hughes added six for BCLUW.
BCLUW tips Trojans
CONRAD — Chloe Walters had game-highs of 24 points and nine rebounds as the BCLUW girls’ basketball team knocked off West Marshall 47-45 on Tuesday.
Allison Engle added 18 points and five boards for BCLUW.
Katy Reyerson had 18 points and Lauren Solberg scored a career-high 15 for West Marshall.
Wolverines top Crusaders
CEDAR FALLS — Austin Vaverka scored 17 points and Avery Bryant added 16 as the GMG boys basketball team (7-4, 5-1) handled Valley Lutheran 61-14 in Tuesday’s Iowa Star South game.
Zach Krull contributed eight points and Noah Teske chipped in with six for GMG.
Donovan Elmore led the Crusaders with eight points.
Mason helps GMG prevail
CEDAR FALLS — Jocee Mason scored a career-high 16 points to lead the GMG girls’ basketball team past Valley Lutheran 53-24 on Tuesday.
Jenna Yilek and Emily Vaughn added 10 points each and Adelyn Sienknecht had seven for the Wolverines.
Taylor Mauser led the host Crusaders with 14 points.