NEVADA - The running game and offensive rebounding lifted Nevada to a decisive 58-33 victory over Colo-NESCO in a non-conference girls’ basketball rivalry confrontation Saturday at the Nevada High School Field House.


Nevada, the No. 6 team in Class 3A, got several easy baskets by racking up an impressive 20 steals and constantly beating Colo-NESCO down the court on runouts after missed Royal shots. The Cubs also took advantage of 19 offensive rebounds to raise their record to 10-1 on the season.


Lexy Koudelka and Kacie Rewerts each scored 21 points for Nevada in the win.


Colo-NESCO did a good job denying Koudelka the ball for the first three quarters. But Koudelka devastated Colo-NESCO on the offensive boards, ripping down 11 and totaling 18 rebounds overall.


“They put a girl right in front of me for the entire game, so it was harder to get the ball,” Koudelka said. “But it made rebounding and putting putbacks in easier.”


Rewerts was the main catalyst for Nevada in the running game. Her speed, height and length at the top of Nevada’s zone defense resulted in several layups as she hit 10 of 15 field goals and also finished with six steals.


“Our 1-3-1 (zone) we were able to jump (passing lanes) a lot,” Rewerts said. “I got some great passes from the team — I couldn’t ask for a better team.”


Hattie Rhodes did a great job feeding Koudelka, Rewerts and the rest of the Cubs as she handed out eight assists and also had four points, six rebounds, two steals and one block. Riley Mailey scored eight points after hitting Nevada’s only two 3-pointers and Amanda Fortmann had four points, three steals and two assists.


The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for Colo-NESCO (8-2). The Royals’ only other setback was in their season opener versus another ranked 3A foe in West Marshall.


“We knew they had the size advantage and we were going to have to fight like crazy,” Colo-NESCO head girls’ basketball coach Wayne Cafferty said of Nevada. “The girls did a really good job of fighting, but we gave up too many leakouts not getting back. They didn’t hurt as much in the first half, but in the second half it took its toll.”


Colo-NESCO was hurt by a two injuries. Guard Lauryn Hill was limited to just a couple minutes after halftime due to a hip injury and freshman McKenzie Niemeyer was unable to participate after getting injured in the JV game.


Faith Vincent stepped up with 15 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists for Colo-NESCO in a losing effort. Molly Barten did a good job battling Koudelka — finishing with nine points, six rebounds and two assists and Chelsea Henze added seven rebounds and four assists for the Royals.


Nevada 58, Colo-NESCO 33


CN 9 7 12 5 - 33


N 17 14 16 11 - 58


Colo-NESCO (33) - Faith Vincent 6-12 0-0 15, Lauryn Hill 1-1 0-0 2, Emily Hostetler 0-0 0-0 0, Chelsea Henze 0-5 0-0 0, Rylee Purvis 2-9 0-0 5, Megan Carlson 0-0 0-0 0, Emma Stalzer 1-2 0-0 2, Molly Barten 4-11 0-0 9, Gracie Kettwig 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-40 0-0 33. 3-point field goals (5): Vincent 3, Purvis, Barten. Rebounds (28): Henze 7. Assists (11): Henze 4. Steals (5): Vincent 3. Blocks: None. Fouls: 11.


Nevada (58) - Mikayla Long 0-1 0-0 0, Amanda Fortmann 2-8 0-0 4, Lexy Koudelka 8-13 5-7 21, Amelea Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Addi Vorm 0-1 0-0 0, Elizabeth Wessels 0-1 0-0 0, Kacie Rewerts 10-15 1-3 21, Caroline Ausman 0-0 0-0 0, Hattie Rhodes 2-7 0-0 4, Riley Mailey 3-10 0-0 8, Grace Francis 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 25-57 6-10 58. 3-point field goals (2): Mailey 2. Rebounds (30): Koudelka 18. Assists (19): Rhodes 8. Steals (20): Rewerts 6. Blocks (2): Rewerts, Rhodes. Fouls: 8.