Royal girls win three straight

Story and photos by Joe Randleman
Royal girls win three straight

GILBERT - The Colo-Nesco girls’ basketball team survived a late Gilbert surge to knock off the Tigers, 44-42, for a non-conference road victory Saturday in Gilbert.

Colo-Nesco was in complete command in the first half. The Royals jumped out to a 10-point lead after one quarter and led 28-16 at the break.

In the second half Colo-Nesco hit a rough patch on offense. Gilbert also picked up its offensive game to push the Royals to the limit.

Colo-Nesco’s lead was cut to 36-28 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter Gilbert rallied all the way back to take a 42-40 lead, but the Royals mounted a successful counter in the final minutes, outscoring Gilbert 4-0 to take back the lead and earn the victory.

The Royals were outshot 35 to 30 percent from the field, but both teams made 17 field goals and Colo-Nesco had five 3-pointers to Gilberts’ three. The Royals made 5 of 6 free throws and Gilbert went 15 of 10 from the line.

Colo-Nesco prevailed despite being outrebounded by a 37-24 margin. The Royals won the turnover battle, totaling 11 steals to the Tigers’ two.

Molly Barten came up huge for Colo-Nesco in the win. Barten hit the go-ahead free throws in the final 10 seconds of regulation and she totaled 17 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

Mackenna Ruffcorn hit two 3-pointers and finished with eight points and four assists and Faith Vincent added five points, six rebounds and five assists for Colo-Nesco. Rachel Vincent canned two 3-pointers and tallied six points and two assists and Grace Stalzer delivered two points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists.

The victory put Colo-Nesco at 8-1 on the season. Gilbert fell to 6-5.

Sarah Hinners posted a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds for Gilbert in defeat. Valentine Jung added nine points and nine rebounds and Tate Powers also scored nine points for the Tigers.

Colo-Nesco 44, Gilbert 42

CN 17 11 8 8 - 44

G 7 9 12 14 - 42

Colo-Nesco (44) - Faith Vincent 2-12 0-0 5, Grace Stalzer 1-5 0-0 2, Mackenna Ruffcorn 3-7 0-0 8, Kassie Robinson 1-8 0-0 2, Chelsea Henze 1-2 0-0 2, Rachel Vincent 2-10 0-0 6, Peyton Hall 1-2 0-0 2, Molly Barten 6-10 5-6 17.

Totals: 17-56 5-6 44.

3-point field goals (5): Ruffcorn 2, R. Vincent 2, F. Vincent.

Rebounds (24): Stalzer 7.

Assists (17): F. Vincent 5.

Steals (11): Stalzer 3, Robinson 3.

Blocks (1): Barten.

Gilbert (42) - Kenzie Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Xary Nunez-Hiraldo 1-4 0-0 2, Trinity Jackson 1-6 1-1 3, Livvy Hampton 0-2 0-0 0, Tate Powers 3-8 1-2 9, Sarah Hinners 4-12 3-7 11, Jamie Brenner 3-3 0-0 6, Lauren Rosburg 1-3 0-0 2, Valentine Jung 4-11 0-0 9.

Totals: 17-49 5-10 42.

3-point field goals (3): Powers 2, Jung.

Rebounds (37): Hinners 13. Assists (2): Miller 2.

Steals (2): Nunez-Hiraldo, Jung.

Blocks: None.

COLO - It took a couple minutes for the engine to get revved up, but once all the cylinders were firing, there was no stopping the Colo-Nesco machine in a 64-44 victory over Clarksville Friday at Colo.

The Royals trailed 7-6 midway through the first quarter. But they went on a 12-0 run from late in the first quarter through the first 1 ½ minutes of the second to take charge for good.

Baskets from Kassie Robinson and Faith Vincent late in the first quarter got the momentum going for Colo-Nesco. Vincent added another basket off a bank shot on a drive, Molly Barten scored inside and Mackenna Ruffcorn hit back-to-back baskets to finish off the run.

Clarksville stayed within 20-13 midway through the second quarter. But Vincent buried a 3-pointer and hit 1 of 2 free throws and Grace Stalzer scored off a steal to put the Royals up 13 with 3:04.

Colo-Nesco maintained a 33-20 lead at the half. Vincent scored 14 of her game-high 16 points over the first two quarters.

“Our offense was going really well,” Vincent said. “We just had really good ball movement and got good shots.”

Vincent has been a big reason a very young Royal team is off to an impressive 7-0 start in the Iowa Star Conference. She is the leading scorer for Colo-Nesco, averaging 11.5 points through the Clarksville game.

“We played a lot over the summer and that really helped us build as a team,” Vincent said. “Our big thing is to show it’s not a rebuilding year - we’ve already built up.”

In the second half Colo-Nesco turned to its inside game to put away Clarksville. Barten scored 11 of her 15 points over the final two quarters and she also finished the game with seven rebounds and one block.

“Our game plan was to move the ball around and come in with a punch,” Barten said. “We did that.”

As a team, Colo-Nesco shot 43 percent from the field, made 6 of 15 3-pointers and 8 of 14 free throws. The Royals had 39 rebounds, including 14 on the offensive glass, and they racked up 17 steals on defense.

Grace Stalzer had eight points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals for Colo-Nesco. Rachel Vincent hit two 3-pointers and tallied eight points and two steals and Ruffcorn delivered seven points, six steals and three assists.

Brittney Litterer scored 14 points and Stephanie Schmadeke finished with 10 for Clarksville as the Indians fell to 5-3 overall and 4-3 in the ISC.

Colo-Nesco 64, Clarksville 44

C 9 11 6 18 - 44

CN 12 21 15 16 - 64

Colo-Nesco (64) - Faith Vincent 6-12 2-3 16, Rylie Reischauer 0-1 0-0 0, Grace Stalzer 3-8 2-4 8, Mackenna Ruffcorn 3-9 0-0 7, Kassie Robinson 2-7 0-0 5, Chelsea Henze 1-2 0-0 2, Rachel Vincent 3-7 0-0 8, Peyton Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Madisen Lundquist 0-1 0-0 0, Delaney McGill 1-2 1-2 3, Hallie Riese 0-0 0-0 0, Molly Barten 6-9 3-5 15.

Totals: 25-58 8-14 64.

3-point field goals (6): F. Vincent 2, R. Vincent 2, Ruffcorn, Robinson.

Rebounds (39): Stalzer 10.

Assists (13): Stalzer 3, Ruffcorn 3.

Steals (17): Ruffcorn 6.

Blocks (2): Robinson, Barten.

WATERLOO - A dominant showing in three of four quarters resulted in a 58-21 victory for Colo-Nesco over Waterloo Christian Dec. 15 at Waterloo.

The Royals clicked on both ends of the floor in the first, second and fourth quarters to pick up their fifth Iowa Star Conference victory in as many tries.

Colo-Nesco led by 12 after one quarter and by halftime, its advantage had grown to 33-8. Waterloo Christian traded blows evenly with Colo-Nesco in the third quarter, but the Royals went on another big run to end the game, outscoring the Regents 13-2 over the final eight minutes to wrap up the decisive win.

Waterloo Christian only shot 10 of 41 from the field against Colo-Nesco. The Royals had 20 steals and they also outrebounded the Regents, 36-30.

On offense Colo-Nesco shot 39 percent from the field and made six 3-pointers.

Faith Vincent put up 16 points, four assists, four steals and one block and Mackenna Ruffcorn added 13 points, three steals and two assists for Colo-Nesco in the win. Grace Stalzer delivered six points, 13 rebounds and five assists, Rachel Vincent had eight points, four rebounds and three assists and Kassie Robinson chipped in six points and seven steals for the Royals.

Whitney Smith provided six points, six rebounds, two steals and one block for Waterloo Christian. Allison Mazzarella added six points and five rebounds for the Regents.

Colo-Nesco 58, Waterloo Christian 21

CN 18 15 12 13 - 58

WC 6 2 11 2 - 21

Colo-Nesco (58) - Faith Vincent 7-16 0-0 16, Rylie Reischauer 0-2 0-0 0, Grace Stalzer 2-2 2-2 6, Mackenna Ruffcorn 5-12 1-2 13, Kassie Robinson 3-8 0-0 6, Chelsea Henze 0-5 0-0 0, Rachel Vincent 3-9 0-0 8, Peyton Hall 1-2 0-0 2, Madisen Lundquist 0-0 0-0 0, Delaney McGill 1-1 0-0 2, Hallie Riese 0-1 0-0 0, Molly Barten 2-4 1-2 5.

Totals: 24-62 4-6 58.

3-point field goals (6): F. Vincent 2, Ruffcorn 2, R. Vincent 2.

Rebounds (36): Stalzer 13. Assists (16): Stalzer 5.

Steals (20): Robinson 7. Blocks (2): F. Vincent, Barten.

Waterloo Christian (21) - Katherine Ochsner 0-1 0-0 0, Sydney Nystrom 1-11 0-2 3, Whitney Smith 3-8 0-2 6, Mallory Smith 1-3 0-1 2, Elly Sullivan 0-0 0-0 0, Kristin Kimball 2-4 0-0 4, Allison Mazzarella 3-14 0-0 6, Ally Yousse 0-0 0-0 0, Tessa Wynthein 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals: 10-41 0-5 21.

3-point field goals (1): Nystrom.

Rebounds (30): W. Smith 6. Assists (3): Nystrom, Kimball, Wynthein.

Steals (9): W. Smith 2, Tessa Wynthein 2.

Blocks (2): W. Smith, Kimball.