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Royals rally past Trojans to remain unbeaten

Madison Farren
Madison Farren

COLO – The No. 3 team in Class 1A remained undefeated by the slimmest of margins Saturday after taking on a vengeful-minded West Marshall team in a non-conference rivalry rematch in Colo.

Colo-Nesco blasted their long-time rivals by a 56-36 score in its season opener at State Center in November. But Saturday was a different story.

The Trojans jumped to a big early lead and made Colo-Nesco sweat it out before a strong second half allowed the Royals to pull off a 52-50 victory.

Colo-Nesco trailed 32-23 at the half after West Marshall outscored the Royals by 10 points in the first quarter. But a big third quarter turned the tide.

The Royals clamped down on the Trojans defensively in the third – holding them to just six points. That enabled Colo-Nesco to tie the score at 38-38 heading into the final period.

In the fourth quarter the two teams exchanged blows at a fairly even rate, but Colo-Nesco did just enough to prevail, outscoring West Marshall 14-12 to improve to 7-0.

Getting to the foul line was Colo-Nesco’s biggest asset on the night. West Marshall was a perfect 12 of 12 from the charity stripe and Colo-Nesco shot just 52 percent from the line, but the Royals made four more foul shots than the Trojans, attempting a whopping 31.

That helped Colo-Nesco overcome a 0 of 13 shooting night from 3-point range. Neither team shot well from the field overall as the Royals went 18 of 55 and the Trojan finished 18 of 53, including a 2 of 17 effort from 3-point range.

Colo-Nesco held a slim 39-38 rebounding advantage. The Royals also had 16 steals to the Trojans’ 11.

Senior Madison Farren was the individual star of the night for Colo-Nesco. Farren scored a season-high 23 points after making 9 of 15 field goals and 5 of 10 free throws; she also had five rebounds and three steals.

Caitlyn Riese was huge inside for Colo-Nesco. She pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds, blocked two shots and scored 13 points.

Shayla Dean was her usual outstanding self for the Royals. The disruptive guard had 10 points, seven steals, four assists and three rebounds.

Makaelyn Neuendorf added six rebounds, three assists and two points and Melanie Van Loon contributed three points and two steals for the Royals. Hannah Buseman dished out two assists, Tabitha Halferty recorded two rebounds and Leah Vincent chipped in one rebound and a steal.

Gabby Ryerson put up 18 points, 10 rebounds and one block and Rachel Freland finished with 15 points and three steals for West Marshall in a losing effort. Addie Wilkinson tacked on six points and 11 rebounds, MacKenzie Coberley scored seven points and Madisen Streeter delivered nine rebounds, three assists, four points and two blocks for the Trojans.

Colo-Nesco 52, West Marshall 50

WM 18 14 6 12 – 50

C-N 8 15 15 14 – 52

West Marshall (50) – Rachel Freland 5-21 4-4 15, Georgia Porter 0-0 0-0 0, MacKenzie Coberley 3-9 0-0 7, Madisen Streeter 2-7 0-0 4, Gabby Ryerson 7-13 4-4 18, Addie Wilkinson 1-2 4-4 6, Shay Slifka 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 18-53 12-12 50. 3-point field goals (2): Freland, Coberley. Rebounds (38); Wilkinson 11. Assists (11): Streeter 3. Steals (11): Coberley 4. Blocks (3): Streeter 2.

Colo-Nesco (52) – Leah Vincent 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Buseman 0-2 1-2 1, Madison Farren 9-15 5-10 23, Shayla Dean 2-7 6-8 10, Melanie Van Loon 1-7 1-2 3, Makaelyn Neuendorf 0-5 2-5 2, Tabitha Halferty 0-3 0-2 0, Caitlyn Riese 6-16 1-2 13. Totals: 18-55 16-31. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (39): Riese 16. Assists (11): Dean 4. Steals (16): Dean 7. Blocks (2): Riese 2.

COLO – An overpowering performance over the first three quarters enabled Colo-Nesco to cruise to a 59-21 Iowa Star Conference victory over GMG Friday at Colo.

The Royals outscored the Wolverines by at least 10 points in each of the first three quarters to build a 42-point lead as they improved to 4-0 in the ISC.

Colo-Nesco led by 19 after one quarter and 29 at the half. The Royals shot 42 percent from the field and they manufactured 21 steals defensively.

Shayla Dean had seven of those steals and she also scored 19 points, dished out seven assists and pulled down four rebounds for Colo-Nesco. Caitlyn Riese added 15 points, eight rebounds and one block, Makaelyn Neuendorf contributed 10 points, two steals and one block and Madison Farren added four points, nine rebounds and three assists and steals apiece.

Colo-Nesco 59, GMG 21

GMG 3 6 6 6 – 21

C-N 22 16 19 2 – 59

Colo-Nesco (59) – Jillian Gibbons 0-0 0-0 0, Leah Vincent 2-4 0-0 5, Hannah Buseman 0-4 0-0 0, Madison Farren 1-4 2-2 4, Kassie Robinson 0-1 0-0 0, Shayla Dean 8-11 3-5 19, Rachel Vincent 0-1 0-0 0, Peyton Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Melanie Van Loon 1-8 2-2 4, Makaelyn Neuendorf 3-7 2-3 10, Tabitha Halferty 1-3 0-4 2, Caitlyn Riese 7-12 1-2 15. Totals: 23-55 10-18 59. 3-point field goals (3): Neuendorf 2, Vincent. Rebounds (32): Farren 9. Assists (15): Dean 7. Steals (21): Dean 7. Blocks (2): Neuendorf, Riese.

GILBERTVILLE – Colo-Nesco blew its game with Don Bosco open early in a 51-25 victory over the Dons Dec. 10 at Gilbertville.

The Royals scored 22 points in the first quarter in route to building a 35-14 lead at the half. They coasted home over the final two quarters to pick up their third Iowa Star Conference victory.

Shayla Dean delivered a double-double for Colo-Nesco with 13 points and 13 steals and she also dished out six assists. Caitlyn Riese had 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting and she also came away with six steals and one block.

Madison Farren led Colo-Nesco in rebounds with eight and she also scored six points. Melanie Van Loon chipped in five points, three rebounds and two steals and Hannah Buseman had four points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists.

Kaitlyn McGarvey finished with four points, eight rebounds, five steals and two assists for Don Bosco in a losing effort. Tori Even led the dons in scoring with six points.

Colo-Nesco 51, Don Bosco 25

C-N 22 13 10 6 – 51

DB 6 8 7 4 – 25

Colo-Nesco (51) – Leah Vincent 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Buseman 2-4 0-0 4, Madison Farren 1-5 4-5 6, Shayla Dean 4-12 4-6 13, Melanie Van Loon 2-8 1-2 5, Makaelyn Neuendorf 1-6 0-0 2, Tabitha Halferty 1-5 0-0 2, Caitlyn Riese 8-11 3-4 19. Totals: 19-52 12-17 51. 3-point field goals (1): Dean. Rebounds (33): Farren 8. Assists (16): Dean 6. Steals (29): Dean 13. Blocks (1): Riese.

Don Bosco (25) – Abby Schaefer 2-4 0-0 4, Kaitlyn McGarvey 2-5 0-0 4, Riley Schares 0-3 0-0 0, Tori Even 3-10 0-0 6, Emily Schaefer 1-7 0-0 2, Hanna Halverson 2-7 1-2 5, Steph Jones 0-4 1-2 1, Lauren Becker 1-3 1-2 3. Totals: 11-43 3-6 25. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (32): McGarvey 8. Assists (4): McGarvey 2. Steals (12): McGarvey 5. Blocks: None.

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