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No. 3 Royal girls move to 10-0

Colo-Nesco’s Shayla Dean dribbles around East Marshall’s Mariah Fritz during the second half of the No. 3 (Class 1A) Royals’ 58-30 non-conference victory over the Mustangs Saturday in Colo. Dean had 15 points, eight steals and seven assists in the victory. Photo by Joe Randleman
Colo-Nesco’s Shayla Dean dribbles around East Marshall’s Mariah Fritz during the second half of the No. 3 (Class 1A) Royals’ 58-30 non-conference victory over the Mustangs Saturday in Colo. Dean had 15 points, eight steals and seven assists in the victory. Photo by Joe Randleman
Colo-Nesco senior forward Madison Farren goes up for a shot in front of East Marshall’s Madisen Hinegardner during the unbeaten Royals’ non-conference win over the Mustangs Saturday. Photo by Joe Randleman
Colo-Nesco senior forward Madison Farren goes up for a shot in front of East Marshall’s Madisen Hinegardner during the unbeaten Royals’ non-conference win over the Mustangs Saturday. Photo by Joe Randleman

COLO – The game plan was executed to perfection by No. 3 Colo-Nesco when the Royals took on East Marshall in a non-conference affair Saturday.

Colo-Nesco wanted to take advantage of the talents of 6-1 center Caitlyn Riese inside, and Riese delivered with a career-high 27 points to lead the Royals to a 58-30 victory and push them to a perfect 10-0 on the season in the process.

Without as many outside shooters as last year’s Class 1A state qualifier, Colo-Nesco has gone to Riese and veteran forward Madison Farren a lot more this season. On Saturday Riese was overwhelming as she followed up a 22-point outing against Clarksville on Friday by making 12 of 18 field goals and 3 of 4 free throws versus East Marshall.

“We’re really focusing on getting inside more,” Riese said. “Especially when we have a height advantage. That really helps out a lot.”

Riese scored 15 of her points in the first half to help Colo-Nesco build an overwhelming 30-11 cushion. She then scored her team’s first eight points of the second half to fend off a bit of an East Marshall charge.

In addition to her scoring, Riese grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots.

On the opposite end of the spectrum size-wise, petite Royal point guard Shayla Dean continued her phenomenal junior year with another great outing against East Marshall.

As she’s been all three of her years with Colo-Nesco, Dean was the defensive catalyst for the Royals Saturday with eight steals.

“You want to have that person that sparks everything up,” Dean said. “I like to be that person.”

Dean’s also been excellent at both scoring and setting up her teammates all season on offense.

Having to expand her role with the loss of versatile forward Madison Eley and outside shooters Haley Stoeffler and Shelby Anthony off last year’s team, Dean has averaged 15 points and 6.4 assists per game this season. She was right on cue against East Marshall with 15 points and seven assists.

“People were telling me since I’m the point guard, I’m going to have to step it up,” Dean said. “So I worked hard and got stronger. Now I’m trying to lead us.”

As a team Colo-Nesco racked up 17 steals against East Marshall. That helped the Royals overcome a 26-25 rebounding deficit and 1 of 16 shooting night from 3-point range.

Madison Farren tacked on nine points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals and Makaelyn Neuendorf finished with five points, four rebounds and two assists for the Royals.

Taylor Fricke led East Marshall with nine points, eight rebounds and two assists. Meriel Leavy added eight points, 10 rebounds, and two assists and Ashley Allen finished with eight points and three steals for the Mustangs.

Colo-Nesco 58, East Marshall 30

EM 3 8 12 7 – 30

C-N 11 19 11 17 – 58

East Marshall (30) – Mariah Fritz 0-5 1-2 1, Paige Flugge 0-0 0-0 0, Madi Hinegardner 0-0 0-0 0, Maci Fritz 1-5 0-0 2, Bobbi Amendt 0-1 1-2 1, Haley Fye 0-1 0-0 0, Brooke Miller 0-3 1-4 1, Sarah Pippin 0-0 0-0 0, Ashley Allen 4-6 0-0 8, Meriel Leavy 4-10 0-2 8, Taylor Fricke 3-8 3-4 9. Totals: 12-39 6-15 30. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (26): Leavy 10. Assists (10): Hinegardner. Steals (6): Allen 3. Blocks (2): Fritz, Flugge.

Colo-Nesco (58) – Jillian Gibbons 0-0 0-0 0, Leah Vincent 1-1 0-0 2, Hannah Buseman 0-2 0-0 0, Madison Farren 4-6 1-2 9, Kassie Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Shayla Dean 6-12 3-4 15, Rachel Vincent 0-0 0-0 0, Peyton Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Melanie Van Loon 0-6 0-0 0, Makaelyn Neuendorf 2-7 0-0 5, Tabitha Halferty 0-4 0-2 0, Caitlyn Riese 12-18 3-4 27. Totals: 25-56 7-12 58. 3-point field goals (1): Neuendorf. Rebounds (25): Riese 8. Assists (15): Dean 7. Steals (17): Dean 8. Blocks (2): Riese 2.

COLO – A huge first half was all Colo-Nesco needed to easily dispose of Clarksville Friday at Colo as the Royals drilled the Indians, 55-24.

Colo-Nesco raced out to a 16-point lead after one quarter, and by halftime that advantage swelled to 38-11. The Royals coasted home the rest of the way to improve to 6-0 in the Iowa Star Conference.

Caitlyn Riese was the go-to player on offense on the night for Colo-Nesco. Riese nearly matched Clarksville’s entire offensive output as she scored 22 points on 11 of 16 shooting, and she added eight rebounds and one block.

Makaelyn Neuendorf hit two of the Royals’ three 3-pointers and she ended up with 10 points, five rebounds and one assist, steal and block apiece. Madison Farren had eight points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals; Shayla Dean finished with eight points, five assists and four steals and Melanie Van Loon came away with seven points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Colo-Nesco 55, Clarksville 24

C 4 7 5 8 – 24

C-N 20 18 8 9 – 55

Colo-Nesco (55) – Jillian Gibbons 0-0 0-0 0, Leah Vincent 0-3 0-0 0, Hannah Buseman 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Farren 4-9 0-2 8, Kassie Robinson 0-1 0-0 0, Shayla Dean 4-9 0-1 8, Rachel Vincent 0-1 0-0 0, Peyton Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Melanie Van Loon 3-10 0-0 7, Makaelyn Neuendorf 4-9 0-0 10, Tabitha Halferty 0-4 0-0 0, Caitlyn Riese 11-16 0-1 22. Totals: 26-62 0-4 55. 3-point field goals (3): Neuendorf 2, Van Loon. Rebounds (37): Farren 9. Assists (16): Buseman 5, Dean 5. Steals (22): Halferty 5. Blocks (2): Neuendorf, Riese.

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