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Taylor Gienger gets 1,000th point as G-R wallops South Hardin
January 24, 2019

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REINBECK - A little bit of history occurred on Monday when the Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls basketball team hosted South Hardin in an NICL West Division game.

Not only did the Rebels trounce the Tigers, 57-25, for their largest win of the season and third victory in the last four games, G-R senior Taylor Gienger became only the second Rebel girl to amass 1,000 points in her career, joining Allison Volkens who reached that mark in 2006.

Gienger finished the night with 26 points, one shy of her career-best and her best point total this season, with her 1,000th point coming in the second quarter on a 3-pointer that touched nothing but net.

After being honored at halftime of the boys game for her accomplishment, Gienger said she feels like a weight has been lifted off of her shoulders.

"It was good, it was kind of like a little bit of pressure there. I knew it was coming, it really relieved a lot off of me," Gienger said reaching the milestone.

Gienger reached seven points in the first quarter with relative ease as her team jumped out to a 15-7 lead after the first eight minutes. She attempted a 3-pointer in that frame but couldn't connect, then it took another couple of tries in the second quarter to finally break the 1,000-point barrier.

With her 26 total points Gienger now sits with 1,016 in her Rebel basketball career, a number she said she never thought possible before the end of her junior campaign.

"I didn't know anything about it, I didn't have that as a goal until really the end of my junior year, I knew that I was only 220 points away," she said. "The beginning of this year it really hit me like, 'I can do this,' so that was a big goal of mine."

Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls basketball coach Bruce Bailey, who has had the pleasure to coach both 1,000-point scorers in Rebel history, said it truly is a great feat what Gienger has accomplished.

"You've got to start as a freshman, and not many girls do that if they've had better girls ahead of them. Taylor has been able to do that, there's been one other girl who has done this, and other than that, that's it. She's the second girl, and that says a lot," Bailey said. "It's a hard thing to get to, you've got to be consistent, you've got to play a lot of games and you've got to stay healthy."

During the first two years of her career, Gienger and the Rebels had a total of six wins. Last year G-R finished with seven wins and this year already the Rebels are up to six after beating South Hardin, and Bailey said a lot of that growth in the program is because of Gienger.

"It's not only what she does on game nights. She doesn't miss practice, she is one of the first ones there and the last ones to leave and she works hard in practice," he said. "She's really settled in I think this year, when she was younger she would get down on herself a little bit but she has worked her way through that mentally, which is a big part of it. She has done a whole bunch for this team. She is a great kid."

While Gienger was the story of the night, she wasn't the only Rebel who got it done against the Tigers on Monday. Mahayla Olson finished behind Gienger with nine points, while Saari Kuehl and Belen Ellenberger both had eight points.

Gienger said the main difference between even last year's team and this year's is the options they have on the court outside of her.

"It helps to have Reagan Skovgard back, she hasn't been back since she was a freshman because she had some knee problems so that has helped a lot," Gienger said. "Saari has stepped up this year too, so that's been good."

During the first two years of her career, Gienger and the Rebels had a total of six wins. Last year G-R finished with seven wins and this year already the Rebels are up to six after beating South Hardin, and Bailey said a lot of that growth in the program is because of Gienger.

"It's not only what she does on game nights. She doesn't miss practice, she is one of the first ones there and the last ones to leave and she works hard in practice," he said. "She's really settled in I think this year, when she was younger she would get down on herself a little bit but she has worked her way through that mentally, which is a big part of it. She has done a whole bunch for this team. She is a great kid."

While Gienger was the story of the night, she wasn't the only Rebel who got it done against the Tigers on Monday. Mahayla Olson finished behind Gienger with nine points, while Saari Kuehl and Belen Ellenberger both had eight points.

Gienger said the main difference between even last year's team and this year's is the options they have on the court outside of her.

"It helps to have Reagan Skovgard back, she hasn't been back since she was a freshman because she had some knee problems so that has helped a lot," Gienger said. "Saari has stepped up this year too, so that's been good."

"We are starting to click really well lately and I feel pretty good with postseason starting in the next couple of weeks," Gienger said. "I can just go play, it doesn't matter how much I score."

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 57, South Hardin 25

At Reinbeck

SOUTH HARDIN (0-15, 0-9) - Cyrena Werner 1 0-0 2, Ellie Cook 2 0-0 4, Emma Spieker 1 0-0 2, Cara Frohwein 2 1-1 5, Sarah England 2 1-2 5, Claire Brinkmeyer 0 0-0 0, Kassidy Winter 0 0-0 0, Josie Raska 1 0-0 2, Morgan Havens 0 0-0 0, Maddie Maifield 2 1-1 5. TOTALS 11 3-4 25.

GLADBROOK-REINBECK (6-10, 2-7) - Taylor Gienger 9 4-7 26, Mahayla Olson 3 3-9 9, Reagan Skovgard 2 0-0 4, Saari Kuehl 3 2-2 8, Rachel Cooley 1 0-0 2, Belen Ellenberger 2 4-5 8, Brianna Strohbehn 0 0-0 0, Hannah Quackenbush 0 0-0 0, Katie Clark 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 20 13-20 57.

S. HARDIN 7 4 4 10 - 25

G-R 15 12 7 23 - 57

3-Point GoalsG-R 4 (Gienger 4). Total FoulsSH 16, G-R 13. Fouled OutCooley.

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