What we learned from the Colo-NESCO boys' 2-1 start and the girls' first victory

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Lucas Frohwein

The Colo-NESCO boys basketball team opened the season at 2-1 and the girls earned their first victory of the season last week.

The Royal boys defeated Valley Lutheran at Colo Friday and Riceville at Riceville Saturday, winning by respective scores of 65-42 and 73-53. They opened the season Nov. 30 with a 61-29 loss at Baxter.

Stats were not available for the Valley Lutheran game.

The Colo-NESCO girls hammered Valley Lutheran, 51-14, for their first victory of the season Friday. The Royals fell at Baxter Nov. 30, 61-22, and to Riceville Saturday, 50-12.

The Royal girls concluded the week with a 1-5 overall record and 1-1 mark in the ISC South.

Here is what we learned from the boys' opening week and the girls' first victory:

Frohwein dominates Riceville

Sophomore forward Lucas Frohwein went for 24 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Riceville. He made nine field goals and also dished out three assists and came up with two steals.

Nolan Smith posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Andrew Tschantz added 11 points and seven rebounds and Kenny Cutler nine points and seven assists.

Boys struggle at Baxter

The Colo-NESCO boys had no answers for Baxter in its opener. The Royals found themselves down 47-17 after three quarters.

Spencer Hansen was the only player to step up offensively during the game for Colo-NESCO. Hansen scored over half his team's points, finishing with 16 points and three rebounds.

Smith added seven rebounds and two assists and Frohwein six boards and two points in the loss.

Big third quarter lifts girls in first win

The Colo-NESCO girls only led Valley Lutheran 17-9 at the half. But they made sure to put the game away in the third quarter.

The Spartans outscored the Crusaders 25-5 in the third quarter to turn the game into a rout. 

Riley Handsaker

Riley Handsaker had 10 points and eight rebounds and Molly Angell netted 10 points off the bench for the Royal girls in the win. Callie Kohlwes finished with nine points and rebounds apiece, Shelby Perisho nine points and five boards, Sydney Ingle six points and 10 rebounds, Gemma Bower five points and 12 boards and Hannah Jamison two points and for rebounds.

Girls sputter against Baxter, Riceville

The Colo-NESCO girls had no answers for Baxter and Riceville. 

The Royals fell behind 46-14 at the half against Baxter. Handsaker scored six points and Izabell Voelker added four points and seven rebounds.

Riceville led Colo-NESCO 32-7 at the half and shut out the Royals in the third quarter. Abigail Hostetler scored nine points and Ingle pulled down nine rebounds.