Colo-NESCO boys head into break on a roll: What we learned from Royal win over Collins-Maxwell

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Colo-NESCO's Andrew Tschantz fights Collins-Maxwell's Ian Beattie for possession of the ball during the Royals' 52-40 victory over the Spartans Dec. 21 at Colo.

The Colo-NESCO boys basketball team headed into the holiday break with a ton of momentum and the Royal girls will try and regroup over the break following a doubleheader with Collins-Maxwell Dec. 21 at Colo.

The Royal boys defeated Collins-Maxwell by a 52-40 score. The win was their third in a row, putting them at 7-2 overall an 5-1 in the Iowa Star Conference South Division heading into January.

The Colo-NESCO girls suffered a 72-24 loss at the hands of the Spartans. The loss put them at 1-9 on the season and 1-5 in the ISC South.

Here is what we learned from the Spartan doubleheader with Collins-Maxwell:

Strong first half helps boys

The Colo-NESCO boys used a strong first half to knock off Collins-Maxwell. 

The Royal boys went up by six points after the first quarter. By halftime they held a 28-17 lead.

Colo-NESCO continued its strong play in the third quarter. The Royal defense held the Spartans to six points in the quarter, increasing the Colo-NESCO lead ot 38-23 by the end of the quarter to put the game away.

Balance is key to victory

The Colo-NESCO boys had three players score in double figures during the win.

Sophomore forward Lucas Frohwein kept up his strong play to start the season with 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.  Andrew Tschantz added 14 points, nine rebounds and two steals and Spencer Hanson 12 points and three rebounds.

Senior point guard Kenny Cutler chipped in seven points. He also dished out eight assists.

Girls hurt by poor shooting, turnovers

The Colo-NESCO girls had a tough time putting the ball in the basket against Collins-Maxwell.

The Royal girls only shot 28 % from the field. They made 10 of 36 field goals and were 2 of 10 from 3-point range and 2 of 6 at the line.

Colo-NESCO also had trouble taking care of the ball. The Royals finished with 27 turnovers and they only forced eight. 

Voelker, Piziali hang tough

Izabelle Voelker and Sophia Piziali held their own against a tough Collins-Maxwell team that is in second place behind unbeaten Baxter in the ISC South.

Colo-NESCO's Sophia Piziali and Collins-Maxwell's Chloe Wierson battle for the ball during the Royals' 72-24 loss to the Spartans Dec. 21 at Colo.

Voelker went for seven points, three rebounds and one assist. Pizaili finished with six points on 3 of 4 shooting and she also had five rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Shelby Perisho was productive off the bench for Colo-NESCO. Perisho tallied six points in a losing effort.