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West meshes well for Senior All-Star victory

March 27, 2016
STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD - Central Iowa Press , Reinbeck Courier

REINBECK - In a little March Madness style of its own, the 2016 NICL senior all-star game came down to an exciting finish Friday night, with the West Division winning in the final seconds, 57-55.

Hitting her fourth 3-pointer of the game, South Hardin's Kayla Anderson sank the 20-footer with under a minute to go. Then, BCLUW's Olivia Callaway collected a rebound and put up the rebuttal layup with 3.9 seconds left on the clock, handing the East Division its eventual demise.

West Marshall's Gabby Reyerson, who was a second-team all-state selection for Class 3A, led the West Division with 17 points and was named the game's MVP.

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"At first, it was kind of different [playing with competitors as teammates] because I didn't really know many of them," Reyerson said. "But it was really easy to mesh once we got into the game. At first we were a little timid, but it was really fun in the end."

Reyerson said she doesn't normally get nervous before games, but rather goes out and just plays the sport she enjoys almost as a hobby. So when it came to just playing another 'pick-up' style game with other seniors from the NICL West Division, there weren't any added expectations or pressures.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck's Hayley Weber was second in scoring with 16 points and also won the 3-point shooting contest at halftime, hitting 6-10 shots. She said that playing with some of her competitors was a relief this time, as well as an enjoyment.

"Gabby is a great player. It was always tough to play against her, so it was really fun to have that key player you can go to," Weber said. "If you need a scorer, you could go to her. She's a go-to player. Everyone has a different type of play; it was just fun to get those together."

Playing basketball through their senior seasons, both Reyerson and Weber were able to take away something more than just increased basketball IQ. For Reyerson, she learned what it meant to be a team leader.

"I've learned how to handle certain situations with my teammates," Reyerson said. "I've learned just to make the best of it, because it goes by really fast."

Bouncing off what Reyerson said, Weber recognized just how quickly the season rolled by. Her advice: Take in as much as you can.

"Don't second guess it," Weber said. "If you're going to go for it, go for it and don't hesitate."

Reyerson is headed to Grand View University to pursue basketball and graphic design. Weber is undecided at this time.

Anderson finished with 12 points on four 3-pointers; Callaway finished with eight points; East Marshall's Theresa hatch tallied four points and South Hardin's Lydia Rose had three points.



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