TRAER - The Colo-NESCO girls’ basketball team overcame a slow start to pummel North Tama by a 64-30 score Friday in Traer.


The Royals outscored the Redhawks 51-16 over the final three quarters after falling behind by one through one quarter of play. A huge 23-6 run in the second quarter blew the game open for Colo-NESCO.


Colo-NESCO held North Tama to 27-percent shooting from the field and kept the Redhawks without a 3-pointer. The Royals also posted a 43-29 rebounding advantage, including 16-9 on the offensive glass, and they came up with 13 steals.


On offense, Colo-NESCO made it a plan to go inside to center Molly Barten. Barten scored a career-high 26 points after making 12 of 17 field goals and both her free throw attempts and she also pulled down 15 rebounds.


Rylee Purvis came close to a triple-double for the Royals. Purvis had eight points, nine rebounds and eight assists and she also tallied four steals and a block.


Emily Hostetler finished with 11 points and seven boards and Faith Vincent added seven points, eight assists and three steals. Mckenzie Niemeyer chipped in five points and Chelsea Henze finished with four points and three assists.


Takoa Kopriva led North Tama with 10 points.


Colo-NESCO 64, North Tama 30


CN 13 23 12 16 - 64


NT 14 6 6 4 - 30


Colo-NESCO (64) - Faith Vincent 2-11 1-3 7, Emily Hostetler 4-7 3-6 11, Chelsea Henze 2-5 0-0 4, Mckenzie Niemeyer 2-3 0-0 5, Rylee Purvis 3-12 1-2 8, Megan Carlson 0-0 0-0 0, Emma Stalzer 1-6 1-4 3, Molly Barten Molly Barten 12-17 2-2 26, Gracie Kettwig 0-3 0-0 0. Totals: 26-64 8-17 64. 3-point field goals (4): Vincent 2, Niemeyer, Purvis. Rebounds (43): Barten 15. Assists (20): Vincent 8, Purvis 8. Steals (13): Purvis 4. Blocks (4): Vincent, Henze, Purvis, Kettwig. Fouls: 13.


North Tama (30) - Katelyn Kucera 0-1 0-0 0, Shelby McKinley 0-2 0-0 0, Molly Kvidera 0-1 0-0 0, Hope Brubaker 3-8 0-0 6, Olivia Schrier 1-10 2-2 4, Takoa Kopriva 5-11 0-1 10, Carissa Calderwood 1-3 0-0 2, Abby Deboef 1-6 2-4 4, Rylee McLean 0-1 0-2 0, Sabrina Rigel 0-0 0-0 0, Madeline Espenscheid 2-6 0-2 4. Totals: 13-49 4-11 30. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (29): Schrier 7. Assists (2): Brubaker, T. Kopriva. Steals (5): T. Kopriva 2, Espenscheid 2. Blocks (1): Espenscheid. Fouls: 15.


COLO - A huge spurt in the third quarter carried Colo-NESCO past Collins-Maxwell, 63-50, in the Iowa Star Conference opener for both teams Nov. 28 at Colo.


The Royals (1-1) trailed 30-24 early in the third quarter. But they started to clean things up offensively and pick up the pace on defense, and quickly turned the tide.


Colo-NESCO went on a 26-2 run to blow the game open by the early stages of the fourth quarter. The Royals 1-2-1-1 press gave Collins-Maxwell fits over the final two quarters.


“Coming out (in the second half), we had a little less fouls, less turnovers, good passes, (caught) the passes and finished our shots,” Royal guard Faith Vincent said.


Sophomore guard Lauryn Hill got Colo-NESCO going.


After Rylee Purvis nailed two free throws to pull the Royals within 32-30, Hill hit 1 of 2 free throws and Emily Hostetler followed up a miss on the second shot with a basket. Hill then scored off a steal and found Purvis inside on a great feed from the high post to push the Royal lead to 37-32.


“I’m always just pushing through, ready to help the team out.” Hill said. “I like to set the pace. When we get going pretty fast we get a lot of fast-breaks and good looks inside.”


Hill finished with six points, three assists and two steals. Vincent led all scorers with 22 points and she also had six steals, five assists, four rebounds and one block.


Center Molly Barten also played a pivotal role in Colo-NESCO’s second-half success.


Barten helped limit Collins-Maxwell star center Brianda Bane, who was plagued by foul trouble, to four points over the final two quarters and she also posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.


“My teammates got me great passes inside and we didn’t rush as much as we did in the first half, so it worked out,” Barten said. “Brianda is a great player. But when she got in foul trouble, that helped us get settled down and it worked out.”


Purvis ended up with 12 points and four rebounds for Colo-NESCO. Hostetler chipped in two points and six rebounds.


Collins-Maxwell fell to 1-2 with the loss. Bane put up 10 in the first half and finished with 14 to go along with 12 rebounds before fouling out.


Mikayla Houge scored 15 points and handed out six assists for Collins-Maxwell. Markley finished with nine points and three steals.


Colo-NESCO 63, Collins-Maxwell 50


CM 10 18 4 18 - 50


CN 12 12 20 19 - 63


Collins-Maxwell (50) - Emma Kahler 0-1 0-0 0, Gracie Cheville 2-6 0-0 4, Josie Wierson 0-3 1-2 1, Mikayla Markley 4-5 1-2 9, Shasta Moody 1-3 0-0 2, Mikayla Houge 6-14 1-3 15, Brianda Bane 4-5 3-4 14, Ella Kahler 1-8 0-0 3, Kayla McCormick 1-4 0-0 2. Totals: 19 6-10 50. 3-point field goals (6): Houge 2, Bane 2, Markley, El. Kahler. Rebounds (33): Bane 12. Assists (12): Houge 6. Steals (11): Markley 3. Blocks (3): Bane 2. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Wierson, Bane.


Colo-NESCO (63) - Faith Vincent 6-13 7-8 22, Lauryn Hill 2-3 2-4 6, Emily Hostetler 1-1 0-0 2, Chelsea Henze 1-6 0-1 3, Mckenzie Niemeyer 0-0 0-0 0, Rylee Purvis 4-19 4-4 12, Megan Carlson 1-1 0-0 3, Emma Stalzer 0-2 0-0 0, Molly Barten 7-11 1-2 15, Gracie Kettwig 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 22 14-18 63. 3-point field goals (5): Vincent 3, Henze, Carlson. Totals: 22-58 14-19 63. 3-point field goals (5): Vincent 3, Henze, Carlson. Rebounds (40): Barten 12. Assists (15): Vincent 5. Steals (12): Vincent 6. Blocks (4): Vincent, Carlson, Stalzer, Barten. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: Hill.