PREP HOOPS: Colo-NESCO comeback thwarts Roland-Story
COLO – Makaelyn Neuendorf scored 11 of her career-high 15 points in the first half and the Class 1A No. 4-ranked Colo-NESCO twice overcame double-digit deficits to defeat Roland-Story in the Royals’ regular-season finale, 51-47, on Tuesday night.
Colo-NESCO trailed 20-5 after the first quarter but cut into Roland-Story’s lead with a 20-8 advantage in the second period to only trail by three at the half. The Norsemen opened the second half on a 10-1 run and eventually led by 12, 38-26, before the Royals’ comeback began anew.
Colo-NESCO held the Norse (10-11) scoreless for the final 4 minutes of the third period to get back within three, 38-35, and then outscored their guests 16-9 in the final frame to gain the 51-47 triumph. A putback basket by Madison Farren gave the Royals the lead for good with 4 minutes left.
Caitlyn Riese finished with 14 points and four steals, while Shayla Dean had nine points, nine assists and six steals. Melanie Van Loon chipped in seven points while Farren had a team-high six boards as the Royals (20-1) extended their win streak to nine games.
Brittany Hammes led Roland-Story with 18 points.
CAL 44, GMG 30
LATIMER – The host Cadets led from the get-go in snapping a five-game losing streak with an Iowa Star Conference win over GMG here Tuesday night, 44-30.
Karter Miller scored a game-high 21 points to lead CAL (4-14, 4-12). Dianna Porzio added eight points.
Caitlin Appelgate came away with eight points to pace GMG (5-16, 4-12), which trailed by double-digits for most of the second half.
Katie Airey, Olivia Barritt and Codi Groth chipped in six points apiece for the Wolverines, who host Waterloo Christian at 7 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of 1A regional play.
Dike-New Hartford 54, West Marshall 37
DIKE – West Marshall leapt out to an 18-6 lead after the first quarter but could not maintain it against the stingy Wolverines, falling 54-37 to Class 2A No. 8 Dike-New Hartford in a cross-NICL clash.
Gabby Reyerson had 18 of her game-high 20 points in the first half for West Marshall (8-13), but the Trojans could muster only 10 points after halftime. Reyerson also led her team with 10 rebounds.
Madison Streeter chipped in seven points, four rebounds and three assists for the Trojans, and Mackenzie Coberley added six points.
Brooke Morgan led Dike-New Hartford (18-2) with 15 points, Olivia Verhulst had 14 and Ashley Dumler 11 as the Wolverines won their eighth straight.
Waterloo Columbus 43, Grundy Center 37
GRUNDY CENTER – Brooke Craig’s double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds led Waterloo Columbus to a 43-37 win over Grundy Center in both teams’ regular-season finale.
Anna Strien added 11 points and Lindsay McManus had nine more for the Sailors, who finished at 10-11.
Grundy Center (11-10) was led by Katie Lindeman’s nine points. Madison Beenken had eight points, Ally Jansen added seven, while Jessica Ackerson had six assists and five steals to go with her two points.
GMG 69, CAL 28
LATIMER – Three players scored in double figures as the GMG boys’ basketball team wrapped up third place in the Iowa Star Conference’s South Division with Tuesday’s 69-28 rout of CAL.
Chad Plaehn led the Wolverines with 17 points. Brock Fisher finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, and Bryce Newcomb had 10 points and six boards. Bridger Claassen led GMG with 10 rebounds.
Dusty Savatdy chipped in seven points off the bench for the Wolverines (13-7, 9-7), who led 38-7 at the half.
Austin Guerrero had 11 points to lead the Cadets (2-17, 2-14) in both teams’ conference finale.
Union 72, North Tama 46
TRAER – Brady Driscol made nine 3-pointers en route to a career-high 31 points, leading Union (5-14) team past North Tama.
Paul Kaufmann led North Tama (7-13) with 12 points and six rebounds. Taylor Dinsdale contributed 11 points, Brian Zobel had 10 and Ben Panfil eight, but the Redhawks suffered their seventh loss in their last eight games.