COLO - It was deja vu for No. 13 Colo-NESCO in the Class 1A regional semifinals and not in a good way when the Royals took on Lynnville-Sully Friday at Colo.


Colo-NESCO had struggled in the regional semifinals each of the past two years, with losses to Grand View Christian and AGWSR by an average of 32 points. It was more of the same Friday against Lynnville-Sully as the Royals couldn’t solve a tough Hawk defense or get stops in a 60-35 setback.


“They’re just more athletic than us,” Colo-NESCO head coach Wayne Cafferty said. “They were quicker to the ball, they knocked down shots and made plays and we didn’t. They’re a little better fundamentally than we were, they were more aggressive than we were and they beat us fair and square.”


Lynnville-Sully never trailed. The Hawks scored the game’s first five points, went up nine after one quarter and by halftime they had a 31-17 advantage.


The third quarter saw Lynnville-Sully deal the decisive blow to Colo-NESCO. The Hawks opened the quarter on a 12-4 run to go up 43-21


“We tried to stay in front of them and we didn’t do a very good job of it,” Cafferty said. “We knew they’d be tough defensively because Jerry (Hulsing) knows how to coach a little defense and they out-physicaled us. Some of our specials worked, but not enough of them, and we didn’t capitalize on some of the opportunities we did have.”


Molly Barten had 12 points and five rebounds in her final game for Colo-NESCO. Faith Vincent added seven points, three assists and two steals; Rylee Purvis six points, two rebounds and two steals and Lauryn Hill six points, two assists and two steals.


Colo-NESCO finished the season at 18-5. The Royals won their sixth Iowa Star Conference South Division title in a row, but another unsatisfactory finish to the postseason gives them plenty of motivation to strive for more in 2018-19.


“We’ve got to keep getting in the weight room to get more physical, and keep playing against tougher competition,” Cafferty said. “Unfortunately, our conference doesn’t help us a whole lot, but non-conference we played three top 3A teams. All we do is try to schedule up as much as we can and hope the kids will be able to take that next jump to the next level.”


“We’ve had a conference championship commitment, but we haven’t had a state commitment,” Cafferty said. “It’s going to be how much time the kids are willing to put in and how we grow.”


Lynnville-Sully improved to 18-6.


Carson Fisk paced Lynnville-Sully with 22 points, 15 coming in the first half. Jataya Meyer added 15 points and Shiloh Cunningham tacked on 7 for the Hawks.


Lynnville-Sully 60, Colo-NESCO 35


LS 17 14 16 13 - 60


CN 8 9 8 10 - 35


Lynnville-Sully (60) - Jataya Meyer 5 2-2 15, Shiloh Cunningham 3 0-1 7, Christine Nikkel 0 0-0 0, Kaylee Maasdam 0 0-0 0, Camryn Russell 1 0-0 3, Carson Fisk 9 3-4 22, Mariah Vos 3 0-1 6, Mallory Loftus 1 0-0 2, Abby Gruver 0 0-0 0, Kaleah Ehresman 0 0-0 0, Janelle Rozendaal 0 0-0 0, Krystal Van Dyke 2 1-1 5, Caitlin Alberts 0 0-0 0, Korinne Jansen 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 6-9 60. 3-point field goals (6): Meyer 3, Cunningham, Russell, Fisk.


Colo-NESCO (35) - Faith Vincent 3 0-0 7, Lauryn Hill 2 2-6 6, Emily Hostetler 0 0-0 0, Chelsea Henze 1 0-0 3, McKenzie Niemeyer 0 0-0 0, Rylee Purvis 2 1-2 6, Megan Carlson 0 0-0 0, Emma Stalzer 0 1-2 1, Molly Barten 4 4-4 12, Gracie Kettwig 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 8-34 35. 3-point field goals (3): Vincent, Henze, Purvis.


COLO - It took a half for Colo-NESCO to get warmed up in its Class 1A district quarterfinal game with Baxter Feb. 13 at Colo, but once the Royals got going, there was no stopping them in a 59-35 victory.


Playing in its first game in a week after getting a first-round bye, Colo-NESCO was lethargic offensively in the first half. The Royals played tough defense, but only led 17-14 at the end of the first half.


But in the third quarter the offense began to hit its stride. Colo-NESCO went up 36-24 after three quarters, then put up 23 points over the final eight minutes to pull away and advance to the semifinals.


The Royals had 15 steals to just five for Baxter and they shot 42 percent to the Bolts’ 32 percent from the field. Colo-NESCO nearly doubled Baxter in field goals, 25 to 14, and the Royals posted a 29-24 rebounding advantage.


Molly Barten led Colo-NESCO with 16 points after making 8 of 16 field goals. She also pulled down 10 rebounds and had two steals.


Chelsea Henze stepped up with a season-high 15 points for Colo-NESCO in the win. Henze made two 3-pointers and also had three rebounds, assists and steals apiece.


Faith Vincent added 11 points, four assists and three steals. Emma Stalzer tacked on eight points and two blocks; Lauryn Hill five points, four assists and one block and Rylee Purvis four points, seven rebounds, six steals and three assists.


The win put Colo-NESCO at 18-4. Baxter finished the season at 5-17.


Holly Jessen had nine points and Sadie Meyer eight points for Baxter. Sailor Hinegardner chipped in five points and assists apiece.


Colo-NESCO 59, Baxter 35


B 7 7 10 11 - 35


CN 5 12 19 23 - 59


Baxter (35) - Sailor Hinegardner 2-9 0-0 5, Brenna Thomson 0-0 0-0 0, McKenzie Eslinger 2-5 0-0 4, Holly Jessen 3-14 0-0 9, Jordynn Wesselink 2-6 0-0 4, Ashlee Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Kaitlynn Kelly 0-0 0-0 0, Sydney Schmidt 0-3 1-2 1, Sophie Meyer 0-1 0-0 0, Caitlyn Bruntz 0-0 0-0 0, Merrin Zeisman 0-0 0-0 0, Kaylin Van Ryswyk 2-2 0-0 4, Sadie Meyer 3-4 0-0 8. Totals: 14-44 1-2 35. 3-point field goals (6): Jessen 3, Sa. Meyer 2, Hinegardner. Rebounds (24): Wesselink 7. Assists (13): Hinegardner 5. Steals (5): So. Meyer 3. Blocks (1): Wesselink. Fouls: 6.


Colo-NESCO (59) - Faith Vincent 4-7 3-3 11, Lauryn Hill 2-5 0-2 5, Mackenna Ruffcorn 0-0 0-0 0, Emily Hostetler 0-4 0-0 0, Chelsea Henze 5-17 3-3 15, McKenzie Niemeyer 0-0 0-0 0, Rylee Purvis 2-3 0-0 4, Megan Carlson 0-0 0-0 0, Jenna Banks 0-0 0-0 0, Emma Stalzer 4-7 0-0 8, Molly Barten 8-16 0-0 16, Gracie Kettwig 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-59 6-8 59. 3-point field goals (3): Henze 2, Hill. Rebounds (29): Barten 10. Assists (16): Vincent 4, Hill 4. Steals (15): Purvis 6. Blocks (4): Stalzer 2. Fouls: 5.