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Gladbrook-Reinbeck and West Marshall girls set national record

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REINBECK (KWWL) -- Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls' head coach Bruce Bailey knew something needed to change.  After leading the Rebel girls basketball team to just 3 wins a year ago, Bailey took a leap of faith and completely overhauled the team's strategy.

"We want to get up 80 shots, we want to get up thirty 3's, we want to turn the opponent over at least 25 times, we want to rebound 33% of our misses, and we want to get 20 plus shots more than our opponents," said the Rebels' head man.

After some early struggles, something finally clicked. The Rebels have now won 8 in a row, averaging 95 points per game over that stretch while demolishing opponents by an average of 30 in those games, but not much can top what happened in the Gladbrook-Reinbeck gymnasium on Monday night.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck and West Marshall torched the net for 32 minutes followed by a pair of overtimes.  When the dust settled Gladbrook-Reinbeck stood on top 122 – 118, a combined total of 240 points.

"They went and looked on the internet and everything, and then he went and got something to eat," recalled senior Lauren Bengen, "When he (coach) came back to me he said ‘well, we just set the national record.'  I was like, that's pretty cool."

Junior Emily Dinsdale had to learn the news secondhand, "I got a text saying we got it, and I couldn't believe it really.  I didn't think we would ever accomplish that."

The record's gotten some big attention both locally as well as nationally

"I got a lot of calls, a lot of radio stations, newspapers, people with congratulations," said Coach Bailey, "It's just something that you don't expect, and it's a neat thing for the kids at G-R High School.

"Our gym is full, and they're here for the girls games now, just to watch them play."

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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