No. 13 West Marshall too much for G-R

STATE CENTER – “The System” was no match for the machine.

And with the Trojans operating like one over the last seven weeks, Friday night was merely a tune-up.

Rattling off nine straight wins, the Class 2A No. 13 West Marshall girls’ basketball team scored the first 14 points and led by double-digits throughout as it steamrolled past Gladbrook-Reinbeck 75-44 in an NICL West Coaches vs. Cancer game Friday.

“It was good workout for us, that’s for sure,” West Marshall coach Fred Zeller said. “They make you run up and down the court and we hope that will help us down the line somewhere.”

Jennifer Davis led a quartet of double-digit scorers with 20 points, including 12 in the second quarter to help the Trojans grab a 45-19 advantage at halftime. Whitney Benson added 13 points, including 10 straight during the Trojans’ opening run as the Rebels were playing catch-up the entire night.

Erin Wentzien drilled a 3 late in the first to bring Gladbrook-Reinbeck within 18-8 but but they never drew any closer.

“They did a really job with their 2-3 zone, extending it out and putting a lot of pressure on our point guard,” Gladbrook-Reinbeck coach Bruce Bailey said. “Our wings had trouble getting the basketball and (West Marshall) really took us out of what we wanted to do. Their defense did a really nice job.”

Hayley Weber paced the Rebels with 11 points, while Wentzien had nine and Emily Snider added eight.

It was a stark contrast from the team’s previous meeting where the Rebels gave the Trojans some headaches and hung around through a portion of the third quarter.

“We’re a little bit stronger in pressure situations,” Zeller said. “These kids didn’t handle the ball that much last year, but they’ve gotten some experience and are doing a better job now.”

The Trojans had little trouble with the Rebels defense early as they used quick ball movement to outgun Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s full-court press.

“They pretty much sell out on the traps and if you can get out of the trap, it’s a layup on the other end or a 2-on-1 at worst,” Zeller said. “We converted a pretty good percentage of them.”

The Trojans haven’t lost in seven weeks and Zeller believes a major reason is that his variety of offensive weapons keeps defenses guessing.

“I think the biggest thing is that we have pretty good balance,” Zeller said. “Even if we’re in foul trouble, we seem to have good scoring punch. It can come from inside or outside and in this game we got a lot of high-percentage shots.”

That balance was evident Friday as Victoria Pothast had 12 points and Sydney Beals added 10. McKenna Hotopp and Madisen Streeter chipped in eight and six points respectively.

The Rebels host North Tama tonight, before entertaining South Tama Tuesday. The Trojans host AGWSR Tuesday.


West Marshall won the previous matchup 93-61 in Reinbeck Dec. 14, led by a school record-tying 40 points from Beals. … The Rebels made twice as many 3-pointers (10) as 2-point field goals (5).