GIRLS BASKETBALL: Colo-NESCO turns back Eagles for 11th straight

COLO – The Colo-NESCO girls’ basketball team has turned away all comers since suffering its only Iowa Star Conference loss in mid-December.

Class 2A No. 11 Pella Christian is now included in that list.

The Class 1A No. 9-ranked Royals made eight 3-pointers in the first half and held off Pella Christian down the stretch for their 13th consecutive victory, winning 57-49 on Saturday afternoon.

Madison Eley made a season-high five 3-pointers on her way to a team-high 19 points for Colo-NESCO (19-2), which led 31-24 at the half. Haley Stoeffler hit four treys en route to 16 points, connecting on a key 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to stretch the Royals’ advantage back to six.

Shayla Dean cashed in a pair of late free throws to finish off Pella Christian (14-5), which suffered its second straight loss despite a season-high scoring output from Paige Engbers. Engbers made four 3-pointers and finished with 26 points for the Eagles, who never got closer than three points in the second half.

Caitlyn Riese contributed 14 points for the Royals, Eley had a team-high six rebounds, while Dean had six assists, five steals and four points.

Colo-NESCO (14-1 Iowa Star) can avenge its only conference loss with Tuesday’s make-up game at Meskwaki. The Warriors (18-2, 14-1) are 11-2 since defeating the Royals on Dec. 11 in Colo, with Tuesday’s game deciding the Iowa Star Conference championship.

Grundy Center 52, Roland-Story 25

GRUNDY CENTER – Heather Hook had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Class 1A No. 7 Grundy Center Spartans to a 52-25 victory over Roland-Story to close out the regular season.

Sam Meyers, who eclipsed 1,000 points for her career on Friday night, tallied 17 points, nine rebounds, six steals and four blocked shots in Grundy Center’s eighth straight win.

The Spartans (18-3) led 20-17 at the half before outscoring Roland-Story 19-2 in the third period to pull away.

Alyson Riesberg scored seven points to lead the Norsemen (10-11).

South Tama 88, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 74

REINBECK – Kaleigh Sieck scored a career-high 24 points, Shelby Bradley had a career-best 20 and South Tama closed out NICL West play with an 88-74 win over Gladbrook-Reinbeck.

Jade Rohach scored 11 points and Erin Clayton added eight for STC (10-9, 8-6), which hosts Grinnell on Tuesday and Class 4A No. 5 Benton Community on Thursday.

Emily Stoakes had a season-high 26 points to go with six rebounds and five steals to lead the host Rebels (8-12, 5-9). Taylor Flamme had 11 points, Erin Wentzien added nine points, six rebounds and five steals, and Amber Berendes also scored nine points for G-R.

The Rebels end the regular season Monday at 2A No. 12 Hudson.