GRUNDY CENTER - The Spartans aren't afraid to apply some pressure.
Though once a team gets the ball up the court, Grundy Center usually drops back into a zone.
Changing things up against Gladbrook-Reinbeck, the Spartans kept the Rebels off-balance late in a 47-43 victory during North Iowa Cedar League West Division play Tuesday.
Grundy Center junior Stephanie Faust (42) goes up strong to the hoop as Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Kyleah Dugan defends in the first half at Grundy Center Tuesday. Rallying behind their defense, the Spartans pulled ahead in the fourth for a 47-43 victory.
Photo by Tyler Strand
Katie Lindeman scored 14 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Spartans (5-4, 2-3) snapped the Rebels three-game win streak with some stingy man-to-man defense.
"We went to man on both makes and misses," said Grundy Center coach Matt Lindeman. "We weren't doing that (before) and that made the difference. We also stopped turning the ball over for a key stretch there in the fourth."
Lindeman ignited the Spartans with 10 straight points as Grundy Center claimed a steal on three straight possessions during the run. Lindeman sank two free throws with 1:21 left to give her team the lead for good as Grundy Center finished 8-for-8 from the line.
Grundy Center 47, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 43
At Grundy Center
GLADBROOK-REINBECK (4-5, 2-4) - Britney Keller 1 0-0 2, Nicole Adair 5 1-4
11, Hayley Weber 4 2-2 12, Ellie Stoakes 2 1-2 5, Hanna Christopher 1 0-0 2, Kyleah
Dugan 0 1-2 1, Amber Berendes 4 1-2 10. TOTALS 17 6-14 43.
GRUNDY CENTER (5-4, 2-3) - Ally Jansen 1 0-0 3, Jen Rust 2 0-0 4, Katie
Lindeman 9 4-4 22, Jessica Ackerson 1 4-4 6, Alyssa Mathews 5 0-0 10, Madison
Beenken 0 0-0 0, Stephanie Faust 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 19 8-8 47.
3-Point Goals - G-R 3 (Weber 2, Berendes); GC 1 (Jansen).
Gladbrook-Reinbeck (4-5, 2-4) tied it up twice with Nicole Adair's transition layup knotting the game at 43 with 1:50 to play though the Spartans closed it out by making all four free throws in the final 80 seconds and forcing another turnover at the defensive end.
"We just wanted to change it up," said Lindeman of the switch on defense. "We seem to be a little better in man-to-man. When we were in zone a little bit we weren't rotating in a couple places."
The Rebels ran off 10 unanswered points in the third quarter to claim a 32-27 advantage, though the Rebels endured a five and a half minute field goal drought after Nicole Adair's putback with 1:30 left in the frame. The Rebels made three of its next six attempts from the free throw line and finished 6-of-14 overall as Grundy Center scored 14 of the next 19 points.
Kyleah Dugan's free throw pushed the Rebels' advantage to 36-31 early in the fourth before Lindeman took over to help the Spartans secure their second straight win.
"I didn't make an adjustment on Lindeman," said G-R coach Eric Crandall. "She was hurting us inside, at the free throw line, on drives and posting up. We didn't adjust to it enough, I take responsibility for that.
"When she was in the high post we took care of her for the most part. When she went low we kind of lost track of her."
Alyssa Mathews gave the Rebels problems early with eight points in the first 12 minutes before running into foul trouble early in the third. The sophomore finished with 10 points, while Jessica Ackerson added six.
Hayley Weber gave G-R an early spark scoring nine of her team-high 12 points in the first quarter, while Adair added 11. Amber Berendes added 10, including her putback which leveled the score at 20 late in the first half before Grundy Center took a 22-20 edge into the break.
Both teams are at home Friday with the Rebels hosting East Marshall, while the Spartans battle West Marshall.