GIRLS BASKETBALL: West Marshall shares NICL West crown with Spartans

ELDORA – The West Marshall girls’ basketball team earned its first share of an NICL West Division title by shellacking South Hardin, 62-30, Friday night.

Rachel Freland had a game-high 20 points for the Class 2A No. 10-ranked Trojans (18-3, 13-1), who led 22-2 after the first quarter.

Whitney Benson added 13 points, five assists and three steals, and Sydney Beals had 10 points and five rebounds in the team’s 11th consecutive win. Jenn Davis added seven points and six rebounds, and McKenna Hotopp had six points and six assists.

In their fifth season in the NICL West, the Trojans shared the conference title with 1A No. 7 Grundy Center (17-3, 13-1) after the Spartans defeated BCLUW 67-26.

Sarah Boomgarden had six points and Sabrina DeHerrera had five for South Hardin (7-12, 5-9).

The Tigers host Denver Monday and Dike-New Hartford Tuesday to close out the regular season, while West Marshall is off until the second round of 2A regional play.

Grundy Center 67, BCLUW 26

CONRAD – Heather Hook scored a career-high 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the floor and the Class 1A No. 7 Grundy Center Spartans secured their seventh straight win and a share of the NICL West championship.

Sam Meyers chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, Hook had six steals, and Katie Lindeman added 11 points for the Spartans (17-3, 13-1), who got their first piece of the NICL West title since 2004-05.

Meyers eclipsed 1,000 points for her career in the win and now sits at 1,010.

BCLUW (1-17, 0-13) was led by Olivia Callaway’s eight points and seven rebounds. Mallory Vawter and Sarah McCoy added five points apiece.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 55, East Marshall 51

REINBECK – Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s depth proved enough to overcome East Marshall’s late lead and the Rebels rallied for a 55-51 win over the Mustangs in Friday’s NICL West Division clash.

Emily Snider tallied 17 points, four rebounds and four steals for Gladbrook-Reinbeck (8-11, 5-8), which outscored the visitors 18-12 in the fourth period to come back from a two-point deficit.

Nicole Adair added 11 points, Taylor Flamme had seven points, five rebounds and four steals, and Amber Berendes chipped in six points for the Rebels. Erin Wentzien had a team-high four steals for G-R.

Meriel Leavy scored a career-high 21 points to pace East Marshall (2-17, 1-12), which saw its losing streak slide to nine games. Katie Roseland added 14 points, Ashley Allen had eight and Kristen Amendt six for the Mustangs.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck hosts South Tama tonight in a make-up game to close out NICL West play before visiting Class 2A No. 12 Hudson on Monday. East Marshall plays Monday at GMG and goes to BCLUW in an NICL West make-up game Tuesday.

CAL 35, GMG 29

GARWIN – Karter Miller scored a game-high 18 points and CAL used a fast start to hold off GMG for a 35-29 win in Iowa Star Conference play.

AJ Meier chipped in eight points as the Cadets (3-18, 1-16) ended a four-game losing streak by collecting their first league victory.

Olivia Barritt had 12 points and eight rebounds to lead GMG (1-18, 1-15), which outscored CAL 10-6 in the fourth quarter but could not overcome the 10-point deficit. Mikaella Koster and Cheyenne Wurr both contributed five points, and Autumn Rosacker also had eight rebounds for the Wolverines, who lost their third in a row.

GMG is scheduled to close out its regular season with a home game Monday against East Marshall.