GIRLS HOOPS: Another 15-1 league mark for Colo-NESCO

GARWIN – The Colo-NESCO girls’ basketball team wrapped up its second consecutive Iowa Star Conference South Division championship with a 15-1 record again, closing its league slate with a 57-15 victory over GMG on Saturday night.

The Class 1A No. 4-ranked Royals ran out to a 19-0 lead after the opening period, led 38-1 at the half and 50-4 through three quarters on their way to an eighth straight win.

Caitlyn Riese led Colo-NESCO (19-1, 15-1) with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Melanie Van Loon finished with 10 points. Shayla Dean and Madison Farren tallied nine points apiece and Hannah Buseman had a career-best eight points. Dean added six steals, Makaelyn Neuendorf led with four assists, and Farren pulled down seven rebounds.

Caitlin Appelgate paced GMG (5-14, 4-11) with nine points. Olivia Barritt added four points and Peyton Mannan had two.

GMG goes to East Marshall on Monday night before closing the regular season Tuesday at CAL. Colo-NESCO entertains Roland-Story on Tuesday.


South Tama 59, BCLUW 53

CONRAD – Tieranny Keahna and Madie Bacon both scored 16 points to help South Tama secure at least a share of the NICL West Division girls’ basketball title thanks to a 59-53 win over host BCLUW on Friday night.

Bacon shot 9-of-11 from the free-throw line and also tallied nine rebounds and five steals for the Trojans (13-4, 11-1), who need one win in their last two games to gain an outright conference championship. STC hosts South Hardin on Monday and BCLUW on Tuesday.

Paige Van Dyk and Trisha Walz both contributed eight points for South Tama, with Walz adding 11 rebounds and five assists. Regina Balderas chipped in six points and Dani Stubbs had five more.

BCLUW’s Olivia Callaway led all players with 24 points in the loss.

South Hardin 42, AGWSR 36

ACKLEY – Kayla Prosser matched her career-high with 28 points to go along with 11 rebounds and four steals in leading South Hardin past AGWSR, avenging an earlier 13-point loss in NICL West play.

Prosser shot 11-of-14 from the field and 5-of-7 at the free-throw line in scoring 75 percent of her team’s points.

Lydia Rose added nine points as the Tigers (15-4, 10-3) notched their fourth straight win.

The loss was the fourth in the last five games for AGWSR (9-10, 7-7), which tied Grundy Center for third place in the final NICL West standings.