REINBECK - In a battle of the winless, one team had to grab its first victory of the 2016-17 season. For the Rebels, it would not be them. The visiting South Hamilton girls' basketball team took to task a venerable Rebel squad and earned a 54-28 win, their first of the season. Anna Moss led the Hawks (1-11) with 11 points on five made field goals. For the Rebels (0-12), Taylor Gienger posted 11 points on three made field goals on 4-of-7 free-throw shooting. The loss isn't exactly the direction head coach Bruce Bailey wanted his team to head in, and with a 26-point loss at that, it'll be one that lingers. "It certainly doesn't help," Bailey said. "It's all about self-confidence, mental toughness and being able to push through those types of droughts, and keep executing through those. And when that happens to us, it seems like our execution goes down. That's not what we're looking for. We just have to keep working. That's all we have to do." The Rebels got off to a sluggish start before making their first basket 3 minutes and 27 seconds into the game. South Hamilton made three 3-pointers in the first quarter to take a sizeable 13-4 lead heading into the second stanza. But a 7-0 run from the Rebels, helped along by a Maddy Frischmeier 3-pointer with 5:35 remaining in the half, brought the game to within a possession, down 15-12. But what ensued was the lack of execution Bailey talked about. The Hawks would go on a 17-0 run to finish off the half, while the Rebels were unable to find a single point in four minutes of play, to find themselves down 32-12 at the break. South Hamilton extended its run out of halftime to 22-0 before Gienger hit a free throw with 6:13 remaining in the third quarter. South Hamilton didn't tout anything out of the ordinary challenging to the Rebels, Bailey said, but rather just exposed the youth and inexperience of young team. "To be truthful, it's our skill level," Bailey said. "These kids just haven't played enough basketball. We have trouble running the offense because we can't make that pass we need to make. Basically, we need to play more. We need to get them going in the summer time. Get them in some team camps and get them into open gyms, and hope we can improve that way by playing." Bree Hodnefield helped out South Hamilton's scoring efforts with six points on a made bucket, but had a 4-for-4 night from the free-throw line. Frishchmeier had seven points behind her 3-pointer and a 4-for-7 mark from the charity stripe. The Rebels are home, next, against Class 3A No. 8 West Marshall on Friday, tipping off at 6:15 p.m.
South Hamilton 54, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 28 SOUTH HAMILTON (1-11) - Brittany Spindler 1 0-0 2, Rylee Woodall 2 0-0 4, Anna Moss 5 0-0 11, Breanna Diersen 1 0-2 2, Taylor Volkmann 1 0-0 2, Makayla Tapper 0 0-0 0, Autymn Olson 3 4-5 10, Bree Hodnefield 1 4-4 6, Taylor Ratzke 0 2-2 2, Marla Grubb 2 0-0 4, Paxton Wicks 2 0-0 4, Jenna Woodall 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 18 9-13 54. GLADBROOK-REINBECK (0-12) - Maddy Frischmeier 1 4-7 7, Megan Swanson 1 0-1 2, Taylor Gienger 3 4-7 11, Rachel Cooley 1 1-4 3, Morgan Kelley 0 0-0 0, Lily Ehlers 0 0-0 0, Madison Denny-Weber 1 1-2 3, Brianna Strohbehn 0 0-0 0, Hannah Quackenbush 0 0-0 0 Kaylah McDonough 0 2-5 2. TOTALS 7 12-28 28. S. HAMILTON 13 19 11 11 - 54 G-R 4 8 9 7 - 28 3-Point Goals-SH 5 (Moss 3, Ratzke 2), G-R 2 (Frischmeier, Gienger). Totals Fouls-SH 18, G-R 15. Fouled Out-Diersen.
Megan Swanson (11) drives for a layup between defenders during the first half of Tuesday night’s game against South Hamilton in Reinbeck. Swanson had two points in the 54-28 loss.