REINBECK - The Gladbrook-Reinbeck helter-skelter system is predicated on full-court pressure and up-tempo style of play.
And it worked for a half Friday against rival AGWSR, but too many fouls and too many missed shots on offense slowed things down.
The Cougars took full advantage on their end as they took much better care of the ball in the second half, hit seven of their final nine free throws and rallied from a 12-point first-half deficit during a 77-67 North Iowa Cedar League victory.
"We struggled in that first half and allowed their pressure to get to us," AGWSR coach Laurie Gann said. "Once we got enough confidence in knowing that we could get through it, we played much better. We took care of the ball in the second half, too."
The Cougars' win keeps them in third place in the NICL at 7-2. They only trail Grundy Center and West Marshall by one game after the Trojans knocked off the Spartans on Friday in State Center.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck's full-court nonstop pressure bothered the Cougars in the first half and the Rebels came out hot on the offensive end. They ended the first quarter on an 8-2 run and then went up 25-13 following a 3 by Taylor Flamme.