MAXWELL – It didn’t come as easy as expected, but the unbeaten Colo-Nesco girls’ basketball team got the job done against a winless Collins-Maxwell-Baxter squad Saturday in Maxwell.

Colo-Nesco entered the game ranked No. 3 in Class 1A, but CMB had the Royals down by seven points in the second quarter. The Raiders maintained a one-point lead at the half, but Colo-Nesco’s depth and athleticism wore CMB down in the second half as the Royals pulled off a 51-36 non-conference victory.

In the first half Colo-Nesco fell behind 18-11, thanks to the strong inside play from Raider center Abbie Haupert and some big baskets by forward Bridget Hurley.

Haupert and Hurley both scored eight points apiece to give CMB a 16-11 lead in the second quarter. Hurley hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push CMB in front and Haupert followed with a basket to give her team a six-point lead.

Freshman Sydney Ziesman then hit a basket to give CMB its biggest lead at 18-11. Another Haupert basket helped the Raiders maintain that margin at 20-13, before Colo-Nesco found a way to regroup.

"They were more aggressive than we were in the first half," Colo-Nesco head coach Wayne Cafferty said. "We were a little tentative."

Cafferty decided to really pick up the full court press for Colo-Nesco in the final minutes of the first half and the move paid off. A Shayla Dean 3-pointer sparked an 8-0 run to give Colo-Nesco a 21-20 lead.

CMB regained the lead just before the end of the half on a basket from Mikayla Eslinger. But it was clear the tide had shifted in Colo-Nesco’s favor.

The Royals went on a 14-2 run in the third quarter, a spurt that was aided by several CMB turnovers. Colo-Nesco held a nine-point lead at the end of the quarter and after Haupert helped CMB hang around early in the fourth, the Royals ended the game on a 10-2 run to improve to 4-0 on the season.

"In the second half we came out and did a better job of ball movement and being aggressive on offense," Cafferty said. "We hit our shots, we did a much better job on the boards and our press wore on them. With our speed, eventually it’s going to turn them over. But they did a good job. They had a good plan and executed it well, but we just wore them out."

Haupert turned in a monster game with 22 points on 11 of 15 shooting and 16 rebounds. She also came away with four steals and two blocks.

But Colo-Nesco center Caitlyn Riese proved to be no slouch herself. Riese led Colo-Nesco with 16 points and nine rebounds to help offset Haupert’s dominant performance.

"We just tried to get around (Haupert) and not let her get the ball," Riese said. "She’s a good player. But being a senior I have to be a leader and that means scoring I have to do that. I just wanted to make (Haupert) work."

Dean was the catalyst as usual for Colo-Nesco on defense.

Generously listed at 5-3, Dean used her remarkable quickness to come away with nine of Colo-Nesco’s 25 steals as the engine driving the Royal press. She also recorded 12 points, six assists and five rebounds before leaving the game with a minor injury following a hard fall in the fourth quarter.

"Shay is really good at getting after them," Riese said. "They don’t see her and then they turn it over and we get point after point. It’s awesome."

Madison Farren had seven points, seven rebounds and three steals and Melanie Van Loon chimed in with five points, three rebounds and two assists. Hannah Buseman ended up with four points and five steals and Tabitha Halferty delivered four points and two rebounds for the Royals.

CMB fell to 0-5 with the loss.

Hurley ended up with eight points after encountering foul trouble and she also had 11 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Eslinger ended up with four points and rebounds apiece, Ziesman scored two points, Lexi Breon handed out seven assists and Mackenzie Schmitz dished out three for CMB.

Colo-Nesco 51, CMB 36

C-N 8 13 14 16 – 51

CMB 8 14 4 10 – 36

Colo-Nesco (51) – Hannah Buseman 2-4 0-2 4, Madison Farren 2-5 3-6 7, Shayla Dean 4-10 3-6 12, Leah Vincent 1-2 0-0 2, Melanie Van Loon 2-6 1-2 5, Makaelyn Neuendorf 0-1 1-2 1, Tabitha Halferty 2-3 0-4 4, Caitlyn Riese 7-18 2-5 16. Totals: 20-49 10-27 51. 3-point field goals (1): Dean. Rebounds (29); Riese 9. Assists (12); Dean 6. Steals (25): Dean 9. Blocks: None.

CMB (36) – Madilyn Brindle 0-0 0-0 0, Mackenzie Schmitz 0-2 0-0 0, Sydney Ziesman 1-1 0-0 2, Megan Ritter 0-2 0-0 0, Bridget Hurley 3-5 0-0 8, Mikayla Eslinger 2-3 0-0 4, Abbie Haupert 11-15 0-0 22, Lexi Breon 0-7 0-0 0. Totals: 17-35 0-0 36. 3-point field goals (2): Hurley 2. Rebounds (45): Haupert 16. Assists (15): Breon 7. Steals (7): Haupert 4. Blocks (4): Hurley 2, Haupert 2

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WATERLOO – Three dominant quarters in a row resulted in an easy 63-31 Iowa Star Conference victory for Colo-Nesco over Waterloo Christian Friday in Waterloo.

The Royals outscored the Regents by at least 10 points in each of the first three quarters. They led 38-17 at the half and then outscored Waterloo Christian 23-7 in the third quarter to blow the game open and improve to 2-0 in the ISC.

Colo-Nesco shot 45 percent from the field and made 6 of 21 3-pointers. The Royals showed great unselfishness by assisting on an impressive 20 of 24 field goals and they ended up with 20 steals and a 36-27 edge on the glass.

Shayla Dean turned in an awesome game at point guard for Colo-Nesco. Dean hit 7 of 12 field goals and 4 of 8 3-pointers in ending up with 19 points and she also handed out 10 assists, pulled down four rebounds and came away with six steals.

Forward Madison Farren came through with 15 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Junior Melanie Van Loon put up 10 points, two assists and two steals and Caitlyn Riese added eight points, three rebounds and two steals.

Hannah Buseman dished out four assists and had three steals, Tabitha Halferty finished with four points and six rebounds and Leah Vincent came off the bench to contribute six points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Anna Doering had nine points, four rebounds and four assists and April Hall tallied eight points and eight rebounds for Waterloo Christian.

Colo-Nesco 63, Waterloo Christian 31

C-N 22 16 23 2 – 63

WC 11 6 7 7 – 31

Colo-Nesco (63) – Jillian Gibbons 0-0 0-0 0, Leah Vincent 2-4 2-3 6, Hannah Buseman 0-1 0-0 0, Madison Farren 6-12 3-6 15, Kassie Robinson 0-2 0-1 0, Shayla Dean 7-12 1-2 19, Rachel Vincent 0-1 0-0 0, Peyton Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Melanie Van Loon 4-10 0-0 10, Makaelyn Neuendorf 0-4 1-2 1, Tabitha Halferty 1-1 2-5 4, Caitlyn Riese 4-6 0-0 8. Totals: 24-53 9-19 63. 3-point field goals (6): Dean 4, Van Loon 2. Rebounds (36): Farren 9. Assists (20): Dean 10. Steals (20): Dean 6. Blocks (1): Gibbons.

Waterloo Christian (31) – Elly Sullivan 0-0 0-0 0, Sydney Nystrom 0-3 0-0 0, Whitney Smith 3-5 0-0 7, April Armbrecht 1-6 0-1 2, Katlin Armbrecht 1-9 0-2 3, Anna Doering 3-7 3-6 9, Allison Mazzarella 1-2 0-0 2, April Hall 2-8 4-5 8, Aubrey Grant 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 11-41 7-14 31. 3-point field goals (2): Smith, K. Armbrecht. Rebounds (27): Hall 8. Assists (6): Smith 2. Steals (8): Doering 4. Blocks: None.

COLO – An impressive start helped No. 3 Colo-Nesco roll to a 68-32 victory over North Tama in its Iowa Star Conference opener Dec. 3 in Colo.

The Royals completely overpowered the Redhawks in the first quarter. When the period ended Colo-Nesco was holding a 19-1 advantage.

By halftime the Royals had increased their lead to 37-12. They went on to outscore the Redhawks in each of the final two quarters to coast to the decisive win.

Colo-Nesco had a strong shooting night in connecting on 47 percent of its field goals, 9 of 21 3-pointers and 9 of 14 free throws. The Royals registered 21 assists on 25 field goals and they had 20 steals, five blocks and a huge 37-16 rebounding advantage.

Shayla Dean set the tone for Colo-Nesco.

Dean was 7 of 10 from the field, 4 of 7 from 3-point range and 4 of 4 from the line to end up with 22 points. She also handed out six assists and came away with nine steals and three rebounds.

Madison Farren and Caitlyn Riese netted 11 points apiece for the Royals. Farren also had nine rebounds, three steals and one assist and Riese finished with four rebounds and two blocks, steals and assists apiece.

Hannah Buseman, Melanie Van Loon and Makaelyn Neuendorf each put up six points. Buseman also had six rebounds, three assists and two steals, Van Loon chipped in three rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block and Neuendorf had five assists, one steal and one block.

Tabitha Halferty added seven rebounds for the Royals.

Josie Youel led North Tama with 12 points and four steals. Anna Kvidera added nine points and seven rebounds and Sam Zobel scored seven points for the Redhawks.

Colo-Nesco 68, North Tama 32

NT 1 11 10 10 – 32

C-N 19 18 14 17 – 68

North Tama (32) – Jessi Jacobs 1-1 0-0 2, Abi Watson 0-4 0-2 0, Anna Kvidera 3-7 3-6 9, Abbie Schafer 0-3 0-1 0, Madison Howard 0-0 0-2 0, Kodi Hillman 0-0 0-0 0, Josie Youel 5-15 2-6 12, Madison Clausen 0-0 0-0 0, Alicia Martinez 0-1 0-0 0, Sam Zobel 0-10 7-8 7, Sally Howard 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 10-42 12-25 32. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (16): Kvidera 7. Assists: None. Steals (9): Youel 4. Blocks (2): Schafer, Youel.

Colo-Nesco (68) –Jillian Gibbons 0-0 1-2 1, Leah Vincent 1-3 1-2 4, Hannah Buseman 3-4 0-1 6, Madison Farren 5-11 1-2 11, Kassie Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Shayla Dean 7-10 4-4 22, Rachel Vincent 0-0 0-0 0, Peyton Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Melanie Van Loon 2-10 0-0 6, Makaelyn Neuendorf 2-5 0-0 6, Tabitha Halferty 0-3 1-2 1, Caitlyn Riese 5-7 1-1 11. Totals: 25-53 9-14 68. 3-point field goals (9): Dean 4, Van Loon 2, Neuendorf 2, L. Vincent. Rebounds (37): Farren 9. Assists (21): Dean 6. Steals (20): Dean 9. Blocks (5): Riese 2.