East goes beast-mode on NICL West

REINBECK – Madison Fryslie and Jenn Rust drilled shot after shot from beyond the arc during the 3-point shootout at halftime Friday.

The AGWSR and Grundy Center sharpshooters – along with the rest of their teammates – just couldn’t find their stroke often enough in the game to keep pace with their conference neighbors.

Outscoring the West 27-5 in the second quarter, the East squad cruised to a 90-50 victory in the 21st annual North Iowa Cedar League Senior All-Star Game at Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School.

Union’s Bre Bader poured in a game-high 21 points and Alissa Brown of Jesup added 20 as the East unit scored 20 unanswered in the second quarter to break things open.

“We wanted to shoot a lot of 3s and you’re as good as the ball goes in the basket. The ball doesn’t go in the basket, how good are you?” NICL West co-coach Jim Gillespie said. “They’re pretty handy with (Alissa) Brown and (Casey) Miles.”

AGWSR’s Alexa Johnson scored the opening bucket of the second to bring the West within 18-11 before the East got going with a flurry of transition buckets and points in the paint. Hudson’s Casey Miles buried a 3 and followed a layup by Jesup’s Katie DeBerg with one of her own to widen the gap to 38-11 with 1:47 remaining in the half. The East led 45-14 at the half and scored at least 18 points in every quarter, while limiting the West to single digits through each of the first three.

Johnson, the MVP of the West, scored all eight of her team’s points in the third and matched her career-high with 20 but the East stretched their advantage to 66-22 entering the fourth.

“I was just kind of focused on having a fun night with some girls I’ve never really played with,” Johnson said. “They (the NICL East) were definitely in better shape than we were.”

Brown, who signed with Kentucky State in October, earned MVP honors for the East, while Hudson’s Abby Hilmer scored 14. Miles, a Class 2A all-tournament team member of the runner-up Pirates and Kirkwood recruit, scored 12. Jesup’s Haley Donlea also reached double-figures with 10 as the East led by as many as 48 early in the final frame.

Fryslie heated up in the fourth where she scored 13 of her 14 points including a trio of 3s and Ali Jansen of Grundy Center chipped in 10. Fryslie defeated Rust in the 3-point shootout, 5-4, after both players hit six in their first round and three in their first head-to-head, setting up the final.

“We’ve had gym every day since last season, it doesn’t really stop.”

While a lot of the shots didn’t fall for the West, Gillespie was pleased to see his squad continue firing throughout.

“Everybody came and wasn’t afraid to put it up,” Gillespie said. “It was a fun group to be around. It’s a great program, I wish everyone that had the opportunity would play in it.”