LE GRAND - East Marshall senior Abby Nuese scored her 1,000th point with her career-high 38 on Friday night, but none may have been bigger to the Mustang girls' basketball team than freshman Ashley Allen's last three.
Allen put East Marshall in front with a field goal inside the final minute and added a free throw with 2 seconds left to provide the final points in an 84-82 victory over Gladbrook-Reinbeck in an NICL West Division shootout.
Nuese notched the scoring milestone with her 38th point but fouled out with 48 seconds remaining. East Marshall (7-5, 4-3) still managed to win for the fifth time in six games, with Allen corralling the rebound on G-R's final field-goal attempt.
The Rebels (6-4, 4-3) got nothing more than a desperation heave off before the final buzzer after Allen's 1-of-2 free-throw effort gave East Marshall the two-point lead.
Nuese made 15-of-18 free-throw attempts in her high-scoring night - the single-highest scoring game for any player across the state coming into the night. She also had seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Chelsea Whitmore contributed 11 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, Katie Roseland matched her career high with 12 points, and Sierra Gage added her season high of seven points.
The Mustangs made 15 free throws in the fourth quarter alone, shooting 27-of-44 from the line in the game en route to a new season high scoring total. G-R was 17-of-29 at the charity stripe in the loss, its third in its last four games.
Paige Thompson led the Rebels with 16 points, Addi Kickbush poured in 15, Emily Dinsdale had 12, while both Emily Snider and Emily Stoakes had 11 points.
East Marshall plays today at Colo-NESCO, while the Rebels returned to the court at South Hardin.