COLO - Caitlyn Riese matched a career-high with 22 points and contributed six rebounds and four steals as the Class 1A No. 3 Colo-NESCO girls' basketball team returned from break with a 55-24 beating of Clarksville in Friday's Iowa Star Conference contest.
Makaelyn Neuendorf chipped in 10 points and five rebounds, while Madison Farren and Shayla Dean added eight points apiece for the Royals (9-0, 6-0). Melanie Van Loon added seven points and six boards as the Royals ran away with this one early.
Colo-NESCO got out to a 20-4 lead after the first quarter and cruised from there, breaking away for a 38-11 halftime lead.
Hannah Thompson paced Clarksville (2-6, 1-4) with six points. Brittney Litterer and McKenna Lebeck added five points apiece in the Indians' fourth consecutive loss.
Colo-NESCO is back at home today, hosting East Marshall in non-conference play starting at 3:30 p.m.
Grundy Center 31, Aplington-Parkersburg 27
GRUNDY CENTER - Free throws down the stretch from Alyssa Mathews and Jessica Ackerson helped the Grundy Center girls overtake Aplington-Parkerburg for a 31-27, cross-NICL victory.
Mathews scored a game-high 13 points to lead the Spartans (4-4), who trailed by no more than four before taking the lead early in the fourth quarter. Mathews was 5-of-8 at the free-throw line.
Katie Lindeman had five points and 12 rebounds (six offensive), and Ackerson had five points and four steals. Jennifer Rust and Ally Jansen both chipped in four points for Grundy Center, which hosts NICL West Division foes Gladbrook-Reinbeck (Tuesday) and West Marshall (Friday) next week.
Amanda Taylor scored 11 points to pace Aplington-Parkersburg (2-7), which returned from break with Thursday's win over AGWSR to end a four-game skid. Kaitlyn Mohwinkle chipped in six points.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck 55, Denver 47
REINBECK - Gladbrook-Reinbeck junior Amber Berendes scored a career-high 17 points coming off the bench, burying four 3-pointers to lead the Rebels to a 55-47 victory over Denver (3-6) in cross-NICL play.
Britney Keller had nine points and 12 rebounds, Ellie Stoakes also had nine points, and Hanna Christopher had seven points and 10 rebounds for G-R (4-4). Hayley Weber also scored seven points and Nicole Adair added six points, four steals and three assists as the Rebels won their third straight.
G-R visits Grundy Center on Tuesday night in NICL West Division action.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck 63, Denver 60
REINBECK - A loss to end the 2013 calendar year knocked the Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys' basketball team from the Class 1A rankings.
A hard-fought win to open 2014 was just what the Rebels needed.
G-R freshman guard Joe Smoldt scored 15 of his team-leading 17 points in the second half, making three 3-pointers to help the Rebels stave off Denver, 63-60, to open the second portion of the season.
Denver (3-5) led 31-28 at the half before getting outscored 35-29 the rest of the way, including a 3-pointer by Nick Kurtz just prior to the final horn.
Zach Pierce had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Rebels, and Camden Kickbush tallied 12 points and six assists as Gladbrook-Reinbeck (5-1) rebounded from its NICL West Division loss to West Marshall with a cross-NICL victory by the same, transposed score.
Mitchell Schumacher had three 3-pointers in the second half on his way to a game-high 20 points for Denver. Brenden Matthias had 12 of his 16 points in the first half, while McCoy Matthias and Kurtz finished with eight points apiece for the Cyclones.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck hosts Don Bosco in a JV/varsity boys' doubleheader tonight starting at 6:15 p.m.
Aplington-Parkersburg 62, Grundy Center 39
GRUNDY CENTER - Aplington-Parkersburg shot 69 percent from inside the 3-point arc on Friday night to knock out Grundy Center, 62-39, in a cross-NICL contest.
Jake Schipper scored 12 points and Corbin Brungard added 11 to lead a balanced Falcon attack. Nick Ellis and Nick Waller added eight points apiece for A-P (4-4), which led 19-8 after the first quarter.
Grundy Center (3-5) was led by 13 points from Jack Stumberg, who made a pair of 3-pointers and was 5-of-8 from the free-throw line. Jordan Stoner added 11 points and four rebounds in the loss.