Royals hand ranked Ankeny Christian its first loss
COLO – The Colo-NESCO boys’ basketball team did what no other team in the state had done until Monday night: beat Ankeny Christian Academy.
The Class 1A 10th-ranked Eagles sustained their first loss of the year Monday, falling 48-46 to Colo-NESCO in non-conference play.
Ankeny Christian (12-1) forced a turnover with 2 seconds left but could not get up a potential tying or game-winning shot attempt before the buzzer sounded.
“It actually wasn’t too exciting but we tried to make it so,” Colo-NESCO coach Pat Wynja said of the closing minutes. “We missed a few free throws down the stretch but for the most part we executed in the fourth quarter.”
Brandyn Niemeyer scored a game-high 21 points to go with nine rebounds, five assists and four steals for Colo-NESCO (10-6). Jake Webb added 11 points, Cole Osbun had nine, and Casey Angell contributed four points and eight rebounds.
“We actually played Ankeny Christian in the summer and they beat us by two, so we knew it was going to be a close game either way,” said Wynja. “Our kids felt like as a team we’d compete, they went out and they were confident.”
The Royals led 25-23 at the half and 37-30 after three quarters, but ACA outscored its hosts 16-11 in the final frame.
Ben Taylor led the Eagles with 17 points, Damon Stubbs had 15 and J.T. Waddle added 12. ACA’s 46 points was a season-low, well under its 70.5 point-per-game average.
“And it gets way harder,” Wynja added, looking ahead to tonight’s Iowa Star Conference showdown with North Tama (12-1). The Redhawks topped the Royals in both teams’ season opener, 81-41.
“North Tama is as good as it gets with how big and how deep they are,” Wynja said. “Hopefully we’ve improved enough and the kids are more confident. It’s going to be tough after playing a long game tonight, but they’ll bounce back.”
Colo-NESCO 65, Ankeny Christian 18
COLO – Colo-NESCO senior Haley Stoeffler connected on five 3-pointers and scored all of her season-high 18 points in the first half as the Class 1A No. 9-ranked Royals ran away with a 65-18 non-conference victory over Ankeny Christian Academy on Monday night.
Stoeffler was one of three Royals to reach double digits, as Caitlyn Riese put up 15 points and Sam Riese added 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Madison Eley chipped in with five points, seven boards and five assists, while Shayla Dean had four points and six steals as Colo-NESCO carded its eighth straight win.
The Royals led 18-6 after the first quarter before scoring 28 points in the second period alone, going up 46-11 at the half over Ankeny Christian (3-10).
Madison Laib led the visiting Eagles with 14 points and Gabby Snyder had the other four.
Colo-NESCO rounds out a five-game homestand with tonight’s Iowa Star Conference clash against North Tama.