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No. 7 Royals rough up CAL

LATIMER – The Colo-Nesco girls’ basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season to crush CAL by a 68-22 score Friday in Latimer.

The Royals, ranked No. 7 in Class 1A, were coming off a rough 56-22 setback to Janesville three days earlier. They carried over some of that lethargic play into the first quarter against CAL, but by halftime they were firing on all cylinders.

Colo-Nesco led by just an 8-2 margin after one quarter. But the Royals erupted for an impressive 30 points in the second period to build a 38-10 lead at the half.

In the third quarter the dominance continued as Colo-Nesco outscored CAL 18-3 to put the game away and improve to 12-1 overall and 8-1 in the Iowa Star Conference.

The Royals limited CAL to a putrid 7 of 43 shooting night from the field. Colo-Nesco produced 18 steals and outrebounded the Cadets by a 37-18 margin.

On offense Colo-Nesco shot 50 percent from the field. The Royals had one of their best shooting nights from outside as well, making 9 of 23 3-pointers.

Caitlyn Riese scored 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting from the field and she also pulled down seven rebounds and blocked four shots for the Royals. Melanie Van Loon hit two 3-pointers and scored 12 points and Makaelyn Neuendorf canned three shots from long range, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists.

Shayla Dean had another strong all-around game at point guard for the Royals. Dean scored 10 points and she also handed out eight assists and tallied six steals and four rebounds.

Karter Miller led Janesville with nine points.

Colo-Nesco 68, CAL 22

C-N 8 30 18 12 – 68

CAL 2 8 3 9 – 22

Colo-Nesco (68) – Jillian Gibbons 1-2 0-0 3, Leah Vincent 2-3 0-0 5, Hannah Buseman 2-3 0-0 4, Madison Farren 3-5 0-2 6, Kassie Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Shayla Dean 4-10 0-0 10, Rachel Vincent 0-0 0-0 0, Peyton Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Melanie Van Loon 5-10 0-0 12, Makaelyn Neuendorf 4-11 0-0 11, Tabitha Halferty 1-4 0-0 2, Caitlyn Riese 7-10 1-2 15. Totals: 29-58 1-6 68. 3-point field goals (9): Neuendorf 3, Van Loon 2, Dean 2, Gibbons, L. Vincent. Rebounds (37); Riese 7. Assists (18): Dean 8. Steals (18): Dean 6. Blocks (4): Riese 4.

CAL (22) – Karter Miller 3-18 3-5 9, Sidney Turner 0-1 0-0 0, Dianna Porzio 1-7 3-4 5, Kaylea Rew 1-1 0-0 2, Emily Quinones 0-1 0-0 0, Jenna Johnson 0-5 2-7 2, Amber Zewert 0-5 0-0 0, Stephanie Thielen 2-5 0-0 4. Totals: 7-43 8-16 22. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (18): Johnson 6. Assists (2): Miller, Johnson. Steals (7): Johnson 4. Blocks (1): Quinones.

COLO – Nothing went right for Colo-Nesco against Janesville in a battle between two ranked Iowa Star Conference teams Jan. 14 in Colo; the Royals fell behind big early and never put it together in a 56-22 loss.

Colo-Nesco – then ranked No. 3 – simply had no answers for No. 8 Janesville. The Royals trailed by 13 after one quarter, and by halftime they were down 32-13.

In the second half Colo-Nesco only put up nine points, suffering its first loss of the season.

The Royals made just 7 of 36 field goals and they were 0 of 9 from 3-point range. Turnovers also hurt as Janesville racked up 21 steals and Colo-Nesco was also outrebounded by a 36-24 margin.

The Royals did do a good job of pressuring Janesville on defense at times as they finished with 15 steals as a team.

Caitlyn Riese had six points, four rebounds and one block for Colo-Nesco in the loss. Shayla Dean put up four points, two assists and one steal; Madison Farren finished with four points, six rebounds and six steals and Makaelyn Neuendorf put up three points, six rebounds and two steals.

Anna Backstrom and Brittney Hanson each scored 10 points, Victoria Leyh tacked on nine and Sylvia Amlie ended up with eight for Janesville. Backstrom also had six rebounds, three assists and two steals, Hanson ended up with five rebounds, five steals and four assists, Leyh delivered four steals and Amlie pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked two shots.

Janesville 56, Colo-Nesco 22

J 17 15 11 13 – 56

C-N 4 9 5 4 – 22

Janesville (56) – Emily Trautmann 3-4 0-0 7, Kendyl Sorge 1-6 4-4 6, Emily Allspach 0-0 0-2 0, Victoria Leyh 4-10 0-0 9, Mary Hovenga 1-2 2-2 4, Rachel Nuhn 0-0 0-0 0, Allison Hesse 0-0 0-0 0, Brittney Hanson 4-8 1-2 10, Anna Backstrom 5-10 0-0 10, Sylvia Amlie 4-8 0-2 8, Ashlyn Moen 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 23-49 7-12 56. 3-point field goals (3): Trautmann, Leyh, Hanson. Rebounds (36): Amlie 13. Assists (15): Hanson 4. Steals (21): Hanson 5. Blocks (6): Amlie 2.

Colo-Nesco (22) – Jillian Gibbons 0-0 0-0 0, Leah Vincent 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Buseman 0-2 0-1 0, Madison Farren 1-4 2-3 4, Kassie Robinson 0-2 0-0 0, Shayla Dean 1-10 2-3 4, Rachel Vincent 0-0 0-0 0, Peyton Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Melanie Van Loon 1-8 1-1 3, Makaelyn Neuendorf 0-4 3-6 3, Tabitha Halferty 1-1 0-2 2, Caitlyn Riese 3-4 0-0 6. Totals: 7-36 8-16 22. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (24): Farren 6, Neuendorf 6. Assists (3): Dean 2. Steals (15): Farren 6. Blocks (1): Riese.

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