TAMA – Awesome defensive pressure allowed Colo-Nesco to easily dispatch Meskwaki Dec. 17 as the Royals took control early and blew the game open late in a 62-37 victory at Meskwaki.

Colo-Nesco had a whopping 29 steals on the night. The bevy of turnovers forced by the aggressive Royal defense resulted in some easy baskets and several trips to the foul line, allowing Colo-Nesco to dominate the game.

The Royals led 27-19 at the half. They held the Warriors to six points in the third quarter to build a 15-point lead, and then got hot offensively in the fourth quarter with 22 points to seal the deal.

As usual, cat-quick guard Shayla Dean was the catalyst for the Royals’ great defensive effort. She recorded an impressive 12 steals and also finished with 17 points and eight assists.

Caitlyn Riese complemented Dean inside with a game-high 22 points. Riese hit 9 of 16 field goals and 4 of 6 free throws and she also put up four rebounds and one block.

Madison Farren hit 10 of 15 free throws and wound up with 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Royals. Makaelyn Neuendorf added seven points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Melanie Van Loon scored three points and had three steals; Hannah Buseman finished with three steals, two assists and one point and Tabitha Halferty chipped in three rebounds and two steals for the Royals. The victory put Colo-Nesco – ranked third in Class 1A – at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the Iowa Star Conference.

Colo-Nesco 62, Meskwaki 37

C-N 15 12 13 22 – 62

M 8 11 6 12 – 37

Colo-Nesco (62) – Leah Vincent 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Buseman 0-4 1-2 1, Madison Farren 1-4 10-15 12, Shayla Dean 6-15 3-7 17, Melanie Van Loon 1-9 1-2 3, Makaelyn Neuendorf 3-9 0-0 7, Tabitha Halferty 0-1 0-0 0, Caitlyn Riese 9-16 4-6 22. Totals: 20-58 19-32 62. 3-point field goals (3): Dean 2, Neuendorf. Rebounds (26): Farren 8. Assists (14): Dean 8. Steals (29): Dean 12. Blocks (1): Riese.