What we learned from Colo-NESCO basketball: Boys down Redhawks and Warriors, girls lose three

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Lucas Frohwein had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Colo-NESCO boys basketball team during a 61-56 victory over North Tama Friday at Colo.

The Colo-NESCO boys basketball team won competitive games over Meskwaki and North Tama and fell short against West Marshall last week. 

The Royal boys pulled off a 53-45 victory over Meskwaki Dec. 7 and a 61-56 triumph over North Tama Friday to improve to 3-1 in the Iowa Star Conference South Division. They suffered a 57-49 loss at the hands of West Marshall Saturday.

All three games were at Colo. The loss to West Marshall put the Royal boys at 4-2 on the season.

The Colo-NESCO girls were 0-3 during the week. They were overwhelmed by Martensdale St. Marys, 63-8 Dec. 6 at Martensdale and suffered a 34-20 loss to North Tama Dec. 7 and a 56-34 setback at the hands of Meskwaki Friday.

The three losses put the Royal girls at 1-7 on the season. They fell to 1-3 in the ISC South with the setbacks to Meskwaki and North Tama.

Here is what we learned from a busy week of basketball for Colo-NESCO:

Frohwein is a weapon

Lucas Frohwein was huge for the Colo-NESCO boys in their two victories.

Frohwein went for 20 points, 11 rebounds and three steals in the victory over Meskwaki. He had 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals against North Tama.

Frohwein also played well in the loss to West Marshall. He finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Cutler dishing out dimes

Steven Cutler did a tremendous job running the offense and getting his teammates involved for the Colo-NESCO boys during the week.

Cutler averaged 7.3 assists over the three games. He dished out 10 assists against West Marshall and tallied six apiece in the wins over North Tama and Meskwaki.

Cutler also scored 10 points against Meskwaki and finished with nine points and six rebounds in the victory over North Tama.

Defense sputters versus Trojans

The Colo-NESCO boys had a tough time making stops against West Marshall.

West Marshall shot 50 % for the game. The Royals did better in the second half, but they couldn't overcome a slow start in falling behind 32-20 at the break.

Outside shooting was also a problem versus the Trojans. Colo-NESCO was 0 of 12 from 3-point range as a team during the game.

Girls have rough week on offense

The Colo-NESCO girls are still trying to find ways to up their production on offense after a difficult week.

The Royal girls only made 4 of 32 shots in the loss to MSM. They did better in the two ISC South games, but still struggled — shooting 7 of 30 versus North Tama and 11 of 35 against Meskwaki.

The girls also had a tough time taking care of the ball. They averaged 35 turnovers over the three games.

Piziali coming up big

Sophia Piziali provided a big bright spot for the Colo-NESCO girls during the week.

Piziali scored 10 points off the bench in the games against North Tama and Meskwaki. She combined to shoot 7 of 13 from the field over the two games and she also averaged six rebounds with seven against North Tama and five versus Meskwaki.

Sophia Piziali

Piziali also had two points and four rebounds in the loss to MSM.

Riley Handsaker had eight points and five rebounds and Abigail Hostetler six points and three boards in the loss to Meskwaki. Handsaker added four rebounds, two assists and two steals versus North Tama and Sydney Ingle pulled down six rebounds against the Redhawks.