The two Iowa girls high school basketball teams that recently set a national scoring record are being honored in Des Moines today. Gladbrook-Reinbeck and West Marshall combined to score 240 points in a North Iowa Cedar League game on February 7th. The Iowa Hall of Pride is adding memorabilia from the historic game to a public exhibit and held a ceremony this morning to honor both teams.
Jack Lashier, executive director of the Iowa Hall of Pride — a facility that showcases special accomplishments of native Iowans in areas such as education and athletics, says they will have the game ball and a video of the game in the five-player exhibit.
Lashier says it’s appropriate that the Iowa Hall of Pride recognizes the national record set last month as they have highlights from past tournaments and interviews from the top players and coaches.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck beat West Marshall 122-to118 in double-overtime. The combined 240-point total smashed the previous national record of 222 points set by two Mississippi teams in 2004. Lashier compares the regular-season contest to a memorable state title game played 43 years ago.
Lashier says everyone looks back to the Union-Whitten and Everyly Cattlefeeders game in 1968 that Union-Whitten won 113-111. He says everyone called it the best six-player game every played, and he believes people will look back on the latest game for years to come.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck and West Marshall will be honored at the Girls State Basketball Tournament. Both teams will be recognized at halftime of today’s Class-2A semifinal between Roland-Story and Estherville-Lincoln Central.
By Elwin Huffman, KOEL-Oelwein