REINBECK - Defense remains the Rebels' calling card.
And when the offense catches fire, Gladbrook-Reinbeck can roll off points in a hurry.
Rattling off nine unanswered points in the fourth, the Rebel girls basketball team finally put away a resurgent Trojan squad for good en route to a 51-42 victory in a North Iowa Cedar League West Division game Friday.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Hayley Weber shoots over West Marshall’s Gabby Reyerson in the second half of a NICL West Division game at Reinbeck Friday. Weber scored 17 points, while Reyerson tallied a career-high 22.
Hayley Weber turned in 17 points as Gladbrook-Reinbeck (2-4, 2-3) broke open a 36-35 game at the end of the third with its fourth-quarter blitz.
"Our shooting comes and goes," said G-R coach Eric Crandall. "But when the girls get some shots to start falling, they get some confidence and we're able to go on those runs. Our defense is key. ... One person lit the fire and we just ran with it."
Nicole Adair added 10 points and Ellie Stoakes had eight as the Rebels were able to offset a career-night from Gabby Reyerson.
The West Marshall sophomore tallied 22 points and captured the attention of the Rebel defense early with 11 points in the opening quarter. The Trojans (4-6, 2-3) continued to look for Reyerson inside, though the Rebels used a more effective approach to limit her touches.
"She was hurting us early. We decided to front her full-time and have somebody on the weak-side to double team," said Crandall. "We know she likes the step-through move so I just told the girls to stay down. If she wanted to shoot over the top of us, then let her do that and box her out."
G-R led by as many as 13 late in the second quarter and held a 28-17 lead early in the third before the Trojans rallied with a 18-8 burst. A pair of putbacks by Addie Wilkinson and two free throws from Reyerson closed the deficit to one at the end of the third, though the Rebels switched gears in the fourth.
Reyerson scored the first seven points of the game, before G-R called timeout and answered with the next 11. Gladbrook-Reinbeck led 26-13 late in the second quarter and 26-17 at the half. The Trojans raised their defensive intensity to rally back in the third, but ultimately had too many turnovers themselves.
"We started pressing and just got after it a little more," said West Marshall coach Fred Zeller. "We created a lot of turnovers, but when you turn around and turn it over, it's hard to stay intense on defense. We were getting after it defensively, but we just had way too many turnovers."
Mackenzie Coberley chipped in six points for West Marshall, which doesn't have a single senior on its squad.
The Rebels return from the holiday break to host Denver Jan. 3 and Don Bosco Jan. 4. The Trojans entertain Gilbert Jan. 4.