LE GRAND - Round two of East Marshall and Gladbrook-Reinbeck had more points, more rebounds and both coaches will tell anyone, much more progress. East Marshall showcased freshman guard Olivia Terrones as she compiled 20 points and six rebounds in the Mustangs' 54-41 win against the Rebels on Thursday night. The first time around, the Mustangs came away victorious, but the win was not without its woes. East Marshall grabbed a 39-20 victory at Reinbeck in its second game of the year. The scoring drought for both teams revealed just how inexperienced both squads were at the beginning of the season. "We shot a little better, but albeit nothing we are trying to get to," said East Marshall head coach Greg Lee. "But we got a lot more shots than we did the first time against them. We're still relatively young. A lot of the time we look up and we've got a freshman and three sophomores out there. At times, we're timid. But the kids playing are starting to get over that." Bobbi Amendt had six points on two 3-pointers and Tylyn Eicher had nine points on four field goals, as they helped facilitate the Mustangs' offense. East Marshall (5-10, 3-6 NICL West) averaged 21.1 rebounds per game heading in to Thursday night's game with the Rebels (0-16, 0-9 NICL West). After pulling down 27 boards on the Rebels, Lee said he's seen his team grow to be more aggressive, charging after second-chance opportunities more and more On the Rebels' side, head coach Bruce Bailey said it was probably the best game he's seen his team play all season, despite suffering a road loss. "That's probably best, all-around game we've played, as far as being under control on offense and defense," Bailey said. "Knowing what we wanted to do and doing it. We knew they were a good driving team, so we sagged off and tried to take the dribble-drive away from them." Offensive rebounds gave the Mustangs second-life on numerous possessions throughout the game. They were able to stretch their five-point lead after the first quarter to 13 points at the break. Hot shooting in the second half gave the Rebels a spark of confidence they've long needed, Bailey said. The Rebels made consecutive shots on a hard-run offense late in the game, exemplifying the progress Bailey has longed to see this season. For Lee and his team, he's confident the pieces are falling in place for Mustang girls' basketball in the years to come. "We've come a long, long way," Lee said. "It's all in the girls. They're an athletic bunch. They're a quick bunch. We haven't played together as a team and a lot of them haven't played much basketball period. But I'm happy to see all of them go out from last year's group and they're working their tails off. We have improved. If we can learn to shoot a little better, spend the time on it, there will be good things down the road." Taylor Gienger and Megan Swanson both led the Rebels in scoring Thursday night, each acquiring 10 points. Swanson, along with Rachel Cooley and Haleigh Berendes, made 3-pointers, while Gienger did her best to drive in against the Mustangs' defense, creating contact as well as converting contested layups. Next up for the Mustangs is a home game with South Hardin tonight at 6:15 p.m. The Rebels will head to Grundy Center this evening, also tipping off at 6:15 p.m.
East Marshall 54, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 41 At Le Grand GLADBROOK-REINBECK (0-16, 0-9) - Megan Swanson 3 3-4 10, Taylor Gienger 3 4-11 10, Rachel Cooley 3 0-0 7, Haleigh Berendes 3 0-0 7, Morgan Kelley 1 1-1 3, Madison Denny-Weber 2 0-0 4. TOTALS 15 8-16 41. EAST MARSHALL (5-10, 3-6) - Emily Terrones 3 1-3 7, Tylyn Eicher 4 0-0 9, Bobbi Amendt 2 0-0 6, Olivia Terrones 9 2-4 20, Madison Farrington 1 2-4 4, Maria Rasmusson 1 0-0 2, Carrington Curphy 0 1-2 1, Melinda Puumala 1 3-7 5. TOTALS 21 9-20 54. G-R 9 10 11 11 - 41 EM 16 18 11 9 - 54 3-Point Goals-G-R 3 (Swanson, Cooley, Berendes), EM 3 (Amendt 2, Eicher). Totals Fouls-G-R 18, EM 16. Fouled Out-None.