What we learned from the Colo-NESCO boys' sweep of GMG and Don Bosco: Girls fall to GMG
The Colo-NESCO boys basketball team continued its hot streak to open the season with back-to-back victories over Don Bosco and GMG last week.
The Royal boys traveled to Gilbertville Dec. 16 and won a 48-44 battle with the Dons to improve to 6-2 on the season. Colo-NESCO took down GMG in Iowa Star Conference South Division play Dec. 14, defeating the Wolverines by a 69-55 score at Garwin to improve its conference record to 4-1.
The Colo-NESCO girls only got to play GMG Dec. 14. The Don Bosco game was postponed after illness depleted the Don roster.
The Royal girls suffered a 39-26 loss to GMG. The setback put them at 1-8 on the season and 1-4 in the ISC South.
Here is what we learned from the Royals' week of basketball:
Defense, free throws help C-N boys
The Colo-NESCO boys did a great job limiting good looks by both Don Bosco and GMG.
The Royals held the Dons to 36 % shooting from the field and GMG only shot 35 %. Colo-NESCO also won the turnover battle in each game, forcing nine and only committing seven against Don Bosco and winning by a 23-12 margin against GMG.
The Royals also held an edge at the free-throw line in each game.
They were 11 of 16 against Don Bosco and limited the Dons to just six attempts. Colo-NESCO went 11 of 18 from the charity stripe against GMG and the Wolverines were just 5 of 11.
Rebounding is inconsistent
Colo-NESCO did a bang-up job on the boards against GMG. The Royals outrebounded the Wolverines 41-17, including 10-6 on the offensive glass.
But Colo-NESCO was outrebounded by Don Bosco, 32-22. The Dons held a 13-6 advantage on the offensive boards.
Lucas Frohwein has been outstanding through the first eight games of his sophomore season. He is averaging 18 points and 9.3 rebounds.
Frohwein went for 22 points and 16 rebounds against GMG. He had 17 points and four steals in the win over Don Bosco.
Andrew Tschantz has also stepped up offensively for Colo-NESCO. Tschantz tallied 17 points and seven rebounds versus GMG and 12 points an eight boards in the win over Don Bosco.
Kenny Cutler was fantastic running the offense in both games. He handed out nine assists in each contest.
Girls hang tough after slow start
The Colo-NESCO girls struggled out of the gate against GMG.
The Royals trailed 17-7 after the first quarter. But over the final three quarters they outplayed the Wolverines.
The Colo-NESCO girls outscored GMG 22-19 over the final three quarters. The Royals held the Wolverines to 34 % shooting and forced 25 turnovers, but they couldn't overcome a poor 24 % shooting performance and 25 turnovers of their own on offense.
Girls have good balance
Even though the Colo-NESCO girls are clearly a work in progress on offense they showed positive signs in the loss to GMG.
The Royals had solid balance against the Wolverines.
Sophia Piziali had eight points and five rebounds and Callie Kohlwes six points, five boards and three steals for Colo-NESCO. Shelbi Perisho also scored six points, Gemma Bower finished with four points and six rebounds and Riley Handsaker two points and six boards.