WM hands C-N its first loss

Story and photos by Joe Randleman
WM hands C-N its first loss

COLO - After a hot start in Iowa Star Conference play the Colo-Nesco girls’ basketball team found out it still has some work to do after a 61-33 non-conference loss to old rival West Marshall Saturday in Colo.

The Royals, who entered the game undefeated, withstood an early scoring spurt by West Marshall center Gabby Reyerson to stay close through most of the first quarter.

Center Molly Barten converted a three-point play inside and Faith Vincent drained a 3-pointer to cut a 9-2 deficit to 9-8 in the opening quarter. But then West Marshall started getting other players involved and Colo-Nesco couldn’t keep up.

The Trojans went on an 8-0 run capped by a three-point play from Shannon Breja to go up 17-8. Barten scored inside and Rachel Vincent hit a 3-pointer to get Colo-Nesco back within four, but West Marshall ended the half on a 13-2 run to go up 15.

West Marshall opened the second half on an 8-3 run and by the end of the third quarter its lead had swelled to 25 points.

“We weren’t closing out hard and they were driving strong,” Colo-Nesco head coach Wayne Cafferty said. “Our defensive movement wasn’t there. We weren’t helping out our teammates or moving our feet. They were aggressive and playing at a faster speed than we were used to playing against.”

Colo-Nesco only shot 21 percent from the field and attempted only five free throws all game. West Marshall shot 48 percent and made 9 of 12 foul shots.

The Royals were also outrebounded by a 39-32 margin.

The loss put Colo-Nesco at 5-1 on the season. Cafferty said the setback against a larger Class 2A team can do nothing but help his team going forward as it looks to contend for another Iowa Star Conference South Division title.

“We’re going to use this as a growing experience,” Cafferty said. “The things we can get away with on a regular basis in our conference we’re not going to get away with against a West Marshall. We’ve got to learn to recognize things quicker, make sharper passes, be ready to catch the ball and just play at a faster pace against good teams. We play them again in a month so we get a chance to see how we do against a good team.”

Faith Vincent led Colo-Nesco with nine points as she made three 3-pointers against the Trojans. Barten added seven points, Kassie Robinson pulled down 11 rebounds and Grace Stalzer chipped in four points, five rebounds and three steals.

Reyerson put up a game-high 21 points for West Marshall. She also had 12 rebounds, five blocks,

four steals and two assists.

Madie Streeter finished with 10 points and Isabelle Gradwell produced nine points, five rebounds and five assists for the Trojans, who improved to 4-1.

West Marshall 61, Colo-Nesco 33

WM 14 16 16 15 - 61

CN 8 7 6 12 - 33

West Marshall (61) - Brooke Snider 3-7 0-0 6, Georgia Porter 0-4 0-0 0, Shannon Breja 2-3 3-3 7, Lexi Keigan 0-0 0-0 0, Isabelle Gradwell 3-5 1-1 9, Emma Meyer 3-7 0-0 6, Kassy Kern 0-0 0-0 0, Maddie Green 0-0 0-0 0, Madie Streeter 4-8 2-2 10, Gabby Reyerson 9-17 3-6 21, Shay Slifka 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 25-52 9-12 61. 3-point field goals (2): Gradwell 2. Rebounds (39): Reyerson 12. Assists (21): Snider 5, Gradwell 5. Steals (11): Reyerson 4. Blocks (7): Reyerson 5.

Colo-Nesco (33) - Faith Vincent 3-12 0-0 9, Rylie Reischauer 1-5 0-0 3, Grace Stalzer 2-8 0-0 4, Mackenna Ruffcorn 1-7 0-0 2, Kassie Robinson 1-8 1-2 3, Chelsea Henze 0-5 0-0 0, Rachel Vincent 1-3 0-0 3, Peyton Hall 1-3 0-2 2, Madisen Lundquist 0-0 0-0 0, Hallie Riese 0-0 0-0 0, Molly Barten 3-11 1-1 7. Totals: 13-62 2-5 33. 3-point field goals (5): F. Vincent 3, Reischauer, R. Vincent. Rebounds (32): Robinson 11. Assists (8): Henze 2, R. Vincent 2. Steals (7): Stalzer 3. Blocks: None.

COLO - Colo-Nesco relied on a stingy defensive effort to stay undefeated in the Iowa Star Conference with a 42-36 home victory over North Tama Friday.

The Royals only shot 26 percent from the field (17 of 66) and made only 3 of 17 3-pointers. But they posted 37 rebounds and also racked up 22 steals to help keep the Redhawks at bay.

The strong defense was especially key in the second half for Colo-Nesco. The Royals only scored 18 points over the final two quarters, after taking a 24-19 lead at the half.

Grace Stalzer had a big game inside to lead the Royals to the win. Stalzer posted a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds and she also had one block.

Faith Vincent came through with eight points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal and Chelsea Henze tacked on seven points and two steals off the bench. Mackenna Ruffcorn came away with five points, assists and steals apiece and Rachel Vincent put up four points and six steals.

Colo-Nesco 42, North Tama 36

NT 10 9 9 8 - 36

CN 11 13 9 9 - 42

Colo-Nesco (42) - Faith Vincent 4-11 0-0 8, Rylie Reischauer 0-2 0-0 0, Grace Stalzer 5-11 4-7 14, Mackenna Ruffcorn 2-10 0-0 5, Kassie Robinson 2-16 0-0 4, Chelsea Henze 3-6 0-0 7, Rachel Vincent 1-8 1-2 4, Peyton Hall 0-2 0-0 0, Delaney McGill 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-66 5-9 42. 3-point field goals (3): Ruffcorn, Henze, R. Vincent. Rebounds (37): Stalzer 14. Assists (8): Ruffcorn 5. Steals (22): R. Vincent 6. Blocks (1): Stalzer.