Trojans trounce Colo-NESCO
Class 3A No. 9 West Marshall girls’ basketball team topples Royals
STATE CENTER — As the weather continues to cool down around the state the action on the basketball court is starting to heat up, as the West Marshall and Colo-NESCO girls basketball teams started their seasons off against each other on Friday night.
The Class 3A No. 9 Trojans used a dominant first quarter to run away and hide from the Royals, taking the opener 61-36 over their Highway 30 rivals. West Marshall head coach Fred Zeller said what he liked most about this opening win for his team is that nine different girls scored in the effort.
“That’s a little different from what we’ve had in the past but we’ve got some good people off the bench and it will be fun to see how that all works out,” he said. “If you’re going to press you’ve got to have people, we probably have spent more time in the press in practice than we usually do but we usually don’t play eight or nine kids.”
Though nine Trojans scored, it was senior Brooke Snider who shined brightest, as she dropped in 19 points in the opening game of her final season. Snider, despite winning the first quarter 19-7, she thought the girls were a bit nervous and shaky to start things off.
“I think as the first game coming out we were pretty shook, but over time we calmed down,” she said. “It will always be like that in the first game.”
Last season, Snider was known as a 3-point specialist, but this year she said she is working on getting away from relying too much on her shot behind the arc, though she did go 3-for-5 from 3-point land in the win.
“This year we have been working on me taking not so many threes because that’s where people have been shutting me down, so this year we’ve been thinking ‘let’s drive the lane’ and I have a decent jumpshot but I’ve never really tried it out so I started doing that,” Snider said. “I came out after halftime and practiced my three, got that down and came out in the third and started shooting them.”
Snider actually didn’t play for most of the second quarter after receiving a technical foul for disputing a foul call. While she was out, it took a little while for the Trojans to figure out their offense, but some strong play by senior Isabelle Gradwell and fight on the blocks by post players Teresa Disney and Renae Schaper kept West Marshall out in front heading into the half.
“They are a fun bunch and when they are doing things right, it’s really fun to watch. When they are doing things wrong, not so much, but that’s true with any team,” Zeller said. “I think we have some good quickness so we can put some pressure, we need a little more out of our post people but I think Teresa Disney holds her own in there on defense and Renae can help us out too.”
Gradwell came in second in scoring with 13 for the Trojans, while Disney hauled in 12 rebounds to lead the team. Gradwell was in foul trouble for much of the night, as she had to sit for most of the third quarter after picking up her third foul on the first play of the second half.
When Gradwell went out, however, Snider heated up from three and the team as a whole did well to get out on the fast-
“Isabelle in the past has been on the floor most of the time, but when you get three fouls in the first play of the second half you’re not going to be on the court very long,” Zeller said. “I am sure she will learn from that, but overall I thought it was a good effort and good execution at times in the second half. We made some extra passes that led to pretty wide open looks and some fast break baskets that are always entertaining and fun.”
Though the Royals didn’t come away with a victory on the night, Colo-NESCO head coach Wayne Cafferty said his girls played well in spots, particularly in the second quarter where they cut significantly into the Trojan lead.
“We cut it down to six at one point and we had a chance to cut it further,” Cafferty said. “We were right there and we hadn’t played very well yet, but we gave up a basket right away and didn’t cover up on a three.”
What was most impressive about that second-quarter effort from the Royals, a quarter they won 11-8, was how they rebounded from watching one of their best players go down.
In a scary moment at the end of the first quarter, sophomore Rylee Purvis went down while fighting for a loose ball, twisting awkwardly as she landed on the floor. Purvis left the game with an apparent back injury and didn’t return, a big blow to Colo-NESCO considering she had scored five of the team’s seven first-quarter points.
Returning leading scorer Faith Vincent picked up the slack, however, scoring seven points in the second quarter and finishing the game 17 to lead the Royals.
Cafferty said Vincent played a good game, especially considering she this was her first game switching to the shooting guard role.
“She did a good job, it was a change for her playing more of the 2 with Lauryn (Hill) in there, but Faith is a good player and she’s ready for the challenge,” Cafferty said. “We need everybody to step up their play, we need Faith to run the show better and execute and we need everybody else to pay attention to what we are doing. We have a lot of things we need to clean up here in the next ten days.”
Vincent said, when it comes to her personal performance in the opener, she was happy with her effort.
“I felt very good about myself, though there were a few things I could change and now learn from,” she said.
As for what the team needs to improve on, Cafferty said he needs a better effort out of his girls in rebounding as the season progresses.
“They kicked our butts on the boards and were more aggressive going to the ball than we were and we had too many unforced turnovers,” he said. “Just throwing and catching the ball and knowing where we are supposed to be going. We have to clean that up, if we do and get everyone healthy then we will be a good team come the end of the year.”
Colo-NESCO is now off for the Thanksgiving break and won’t return to action until it takes on Collins-Maxwell at home on Nov. 28.
West Marshall has one more game before the break, as the Trojans welcome in Iowa Falls-Alden on Tuesday.
West Marshall 61, Colo-NESCO 36
At State Center
WEST MARSHALL (1-0) — Brooke Snider 8 0-0 19, Kayla Cripps 3 0-0 6, Isabelle Gradwell 5 0-2 13, Emma Meyer 1 2-4 4, Teresa Disney 1 1-1 3, Avril Sinning 1 0-0 2, Karlyn Snider 3 2-2 10, Grace Girard 1 0-0 2, Renae Schaper 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 23 5-9 61.
COLO-NESCO (0-1) — Faith Vincent 5 6-7 17, Lauryn Hill 1 0-2 2, Chelsea Henze 2 2-3 6, Rylee Purvis 2 0-0 5, Molly Barten 1 2-3 4, Emma Stalzer 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 12 10-13 36.
W.MARSHALL 19 8 18 16 — 61
COLO-NESCO 7 11 8 9 — 36
3-Point Goals–C-N 2 (Vincent 1, Purvis 1), WM 8 (Snider 3, Gradwell 3, Snider 2). Technical Foul–B. Snider.