WEST DES MOINES — The Colo-NESCO girls’ basketball team couldn’t recover from an early slump in a 66-29 loss to CAM during the Class 1A regional finals Monday at West Des Moines Valley High School.


The Royals, ranked No. 13, had no answers for No. 8 CAM early. By halftime, they were down 39-15.


“We started off passive and they were more aggressive,” Colo-NESCO head girls’ basketball coach Wayne Cafferty said. “Getting down 16-0 took the wind out of our sails and we couldn’t mount any type of a challenge.”


Colo-NESCO played tougher in the second half, but CAM simply had too many horses. The Royals ended the season with an outstanding 19-4 record.


Colo-NESCO only shot 29 percent from the field, compared to CAM’s strong 54-percent showing. The Royals made just 2 of 21 3-pointers, attempted only four foul shots and were outrebounded, 33-19.


On defense, Colo-NESCO came up with six steals. The Royals also held CAM to six attempts from the line.


Rylee Purvis scored 13 points and pulled down five rebounds for Colo-NESCO in a losing effort. Faith Vincent ended her outstanding career with four points, three assists and two steals.


“Faith is going to be sorely missed,” Cafferty said. “We lose our leader in scoring, assists, steals and 3-point shooting, plus one of our main ball handlers and best defenders all rolled into one. On top of that, she is a great kid.”


Gracie Kettwig added six points and rebounds apiece for the Royals. Emma Stalzer contributed four points and three boards, Megan Carlson two points, Lauryn Hill two assists and one steal and Emmy Hostelter three rebounds.


CAM will take a 21-2 record into the state tournament. Paige McAfee hit five 3-pointers and went for 21 points and six steals and Madison Gettler posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars.


CAM 66, Colo-NESCO 29


CN 5 10 6 8 - 29


CAM 21 18 13 14 - 66


Colo-NESCO (29) - Faith Vincent 1-10 1-2 4, Lauryn Hill 0-4 0-0 0, Jenna Banks 0-1 0-0 0, Emmy Hostetler 0-4 0-0 0, Allie Britten 0-0 0-0 0, McKenzie Niemeyer 0-0 0-0 0, Rylee Purvis 6-12 0-0 13, Ayvarie Bappe 0-2 0-0 0, Emma Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Carlson 0-3 2-2 2, Gracie Kettwig 3-3 0-0 6, Emma Stalzer 2-3 0-0 4. Totals: 12-42 3-4 29. 3-point field goals (2): Vincent, Purvis. Rebounds (19): Kettwig 6. Assists (6): Vincent 3. Steals (6): Vincent 2. Blocks: None. Fouls: 11.


CAM (66) - Marissa Spieker 3-5 0-0 9, Zoey Baylor 2-2 0-2 5, Grace Kaufmann 0-0 0-0 0, Kate Scar 0-0 0-0 0, Grace Hensley 1-1 0-0 2, Paige McAfee 8-11 0-0 21, Madison Gettler 6-15 0-0 13, Macy Ticknor 3-5 3-4 9, Shelby Stephenson 0-1 0-0 0, RoAnn Perry 0-0 0-0 0, Sammi Jahde 3-8 0-0 7, Allison Spieker 0-0 0-0 0, Mallory Behnken 0-0 0-0 0, Molly Venteicher 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-48 3-6 66. 3-point field goals (11): McAfee 5, Spieker 3, Baylor, Gettler. Rebounds (33): Gettler 11. Assists (16): Stephenson 4. Steals (10): McAfee 5. Blocks (5): Ticknor 3. Fouls: 9.


COLO - With her team’s season on the line, Faith Vincent did what all-star seniors do in Colo-NESCO’s Class 1A regional semifinal game with Collins-Maxwell Friday at Colo.


Vincent came up with a clutch steal and fed Rylee Purvis for a basket as time expired to give the No. 13 Royals a dramatic 42-40 victory.


Collins-Maxwell had the ball near half-court with six seconds left and the score tied at 40-40. But Vincent stepped up with a huge steal and fired the ball up the floor to Purvis.


“I knew they were going to be looking to get the ball to (Mikayla) Houge, and when I saw an opportunity to get a steal, I had to take it,” Vincent said. “Luckily I didn’t go out of bounds and Rylee was ready for the pass.”


Purvis raced up the floor to score just in the nick of time to win the game.


“Getting the pass from her — all I could think about was I needed to score for my team,” Purvis said. “I hadn’t had the best shooting night, but I never hesitated. I knew the clock was winding down and I needed to make a play. The feeling that overcame me after that shot went in is unexplainable.”


Colo-NESCO advanced to the regional finals with 19-3 record, despite only making 1 of 2 3-pointers and getting outrebounded, 49-23. The Royals held Collins-Maxwell to 28-percent shooting from the field and came away with 12 steals.


Vincent finished with six points, four assists and three steals and Purvis had seven points, four rebounds, two assists and a block. Lauryn Hill was the offensive star for Colo-NESCO, recording 17 points and also coming up with six steals on defense.


Emma Stalzer added 10 points and six rebounds for the Royals.


Collins-Maxwell finished its season at 15-6. Reagan Franzen was tough inside for the Spartans with 17 points and 13 rebounds, Houge had 10 points and eight boards and Josie Wierson 13 rebounds and two blocks.


Colo-NESCO 42, Collins-Maxwell 40


CM 9 11 8 12 - 40


CN 14 11 4 13 - 42


Collins-Maxwell (40) - Emma Kahler 0-0 0-0 0, Gracie Cheville 2-11 1-3 6, Josie Wierson 2-5 1-5 5, Mikayla Markley 1-6 0-0 2, Shasta Moody 0-0 0-0 0, Mikayla Houge 1-6 8-10 10, Alexis Houge 0-3 0-1 0, Reagan Franzen 7-15 3-3 17. Totals: 13-46 13-22 40. 3-point field goals (1): Cheville. Rebounds (49): Wierson 13, Franzen 13. Assists (10): M. Houge 3. Steals (3): Kahler, Wierson, A. Houge. Blocks (3): Wierson 2. Fouls: 9.


Colo-NESCO (42) - Faith Vincent 3-12 0-0 6, Lauryn Hill 7-11 3-4 17, Emmy Hostetler 0-2 0-0 0, McKenzie Niemeyer 0-4 0-0 0, Rylee Purvis 3-12 0-0 7, Megan Carlson 1-1 0-0 2, Gracie Kettwig 0-0 0-2 0, Emma Stalzer 5-6 0-2 10. Totals: 19-48 3-8 42. 3-point field goals (1): Purvis. Rebounds (23): Stalzer 6. Assists (9): Vincent 4. Steals (12): Hill 6. Blocks (2): Hill, Purvis. Fouls: 19.


COLO - Colo-NESCO’s Lauryn Hill was going to keep her team’s season going at all cost in the Class 1A regional quarterfinals versus Paton-Churdan Feb. 13.


Hill came up with two clutch three-point plays in the fourth quarter to spark a 61-50 comeback victory by the No. 13 Royals at Colo.


Trailing virtually the entire game, Colo-NESCO was down 48-46 with less than five minutes remaining when Hill got the ball and drove to the hoop. Instead of going around the Rockets’ 6-2 shot-blocking center Danielle Hoyle, she went right at her.


Hill powered it up over Hoyle for a basket and the foul and made the free throw to give the Royals the lead.


“I wasn’t ready to be done,” Hill said. “I knew we had to take it to the hoop, try and draw fouls, get them a little flustered and keep the game going.”


One minute later she decided to do it again and got the same result.


Paton-Churdan had gone back on top, 50-49, when Hill made a tremendous athletic move to score over Hoyle and draw contact.


“The first half I got blocked (by Hoyle), so second half I knew I just needed to focus on the glass and making the shot,” Hill said. “I tried to bring the ball up as high as I could and get the right angle. After the first one, I got a little more confidence and I knew if I didn’t have the drive, one of my teammates would be open for the kick so I just kept driving.”


Hill made the free throw and Colo-NESCO never trailed again, ending the game on a 12-0 run and outscoring Paton-Churdan 23-4 in the fourth quarter after trailing by 10 points earlier in the second half.


Senior guard Faith Vincent kept Colo-NESCO in the game in the second half to put the Royals in position to make their furious fourth quarter run. She drilled four big 3-pointers during a hectic, high-scoring stretch by both teams to keep Colo-NESCO within striking distance entering the final five minutes of play.


“All of it was my teammates setting me up,” Vincent said. “Coach (Wayne) Cafferty just called the right plays and Lauryn, Rylee (Purvis) and the rest of the team all made great passes to open up and give me the good shots.”


Colo-NESCO also was tremendous defensively down the stretch.


Paton-Churdan took advantage of the Royals’ aggressive play through most of the first three quarters by putting Hoyle at the high post to open driving lanes and get cutters through. Colo-NESCO took that away over the final eight minutes.


“We knew going into halftime some of the calls didn’t go the way we wanted them to,” Purvis said. “But you can’t control every single (call), so we just had to forget and not get mad at all the calls that were getting called on us and keep playing our defense. Keeping our hands up a little more and make sure we get down a little more to limit those calls.”


Vincent led the Royals with 19 points, six rebounds and four steals. Purvis tallied 18 points, five rebounds and two assists and Hill finished with 10 points, seven assists and two steals.


Emma Stalzer added six points and eight rebounds and Gracie Kettwig put up six points for Colo-NESCO.


The Royals improved to 18-3. Paton-Churdan finished its season at 13-10.


Jenna Beyers scored 16 points and Hoyle added 13 for the Rockets.


Colo-NESCO 61, Paton-Churdan 50


PC 14 9 23 4 - 50


CN 8 11 19 23 - 61


Paton-Churdan (50) - Karissa Stephenson 0 0-0 0, Chloe Berns 1 0-0 3, Megan Carey 3 1-2 8, Jenna Beyers 7 2-3 16, Carmyn Paup 2 0-1 4, Tessa Steimel 2 0-0 6, Danielle Hoyle 5 3-5 13. Totals: 20 6-11 50. 3-point field goals (4): Steimel 2, Berns, Carey. Fouls: 10.


Colo-NESCO (61) - Faith Vincent 6-18 3-4 19, Lauryn Hill 4-8 2-2 10, Emmy Hostetler 1-2 0-0 2, McKenzie Niemeyer 0-2 0-0 0, Rylee Purvis 6-14 4-5 18, Megan Carlson 0-1 0-0 0, Gracie Kettwig 3-6 0-0 6, Emma Stalzer 3-6 0-0 6. Totals: 23-57 9-11 61. 3-point field goals (6): Vincent 4, Purvis 2. Rebounds (37): Hostetler 8, Stalzer 8. Assists (15): Hill 7. Steals (9): Vincent 4. Blocks: None. Fouls: 16.