SPORTS SHORTS: Royals reign supreme in Iowa Star
COLO — The Colo-NESCO girls’ basketball team closed the regular season as queens of the Iowa Star Conference, as the Class 1A No. 15 Royals held off No. 10 Janesville 51-40 on Tuesday night.
Colo-NESCO (17-4), which went 10-0 to win the South Division of the ISC, got a game-high double-double from sophomore Rylee Purvis, who led all players with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Molly Barten added 14 points and nine boards, while Lauryn Hill finished with 11 points.
Briana Baker-Bruce paced the visiting Wildcats (19-2) with 14 points. Janesville had won 11 in a row.
Mustangs close with win over GMG
LE GRAND — The East Marshall girls’ basketball team used another strong finish to close out the regular season with a win, beating neighbor GMG 46-40 on Tuesday night.
The Mustangs (8-13), who won five of their last six games, outscored GMG 18-10 in the fourth quarter to overcome a two-point deficit entering the final frame.
Olivia Terrones compiled a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds to go with a team-leading seven assists, while Madison Farrington had nine points and 10 boards.
GMG’s McKensie Vaske led all scorers with 19 points. Mable Dieleman, Belle Duncan and Zoe Duncan scored five points apiece for the Wolverines (8-12).
Spartans top Nevada in ranked clash
GRUNDY CENTER — The Class 2A No. 8 Grundy Center girls basketball team won a big cross-class matchup with 3A No. 8 Nevada on Tuesday night, 45-35.
It was a comeback effort for the Spartans (19-1) as they trailed 29-22 heading into the fourth quarter. Grundy Center stormed back to take the lead with at 33-31 with four minutes left over the Cubs (16-5), as they outscored Nevada 23-6 in the final eight minutes.
Hailey Wallis had a season-high 28 points for the Spartans, while Reegan Zinkula and Cora Saak each hit 3-pointers during the pivotal Grundy Center run in the fourth.
Nevada was led by Lexy Koudelka with 15 points.
West Marshall girls wallop Warriors
STATE CENTER — The West Marshall girls basketball team turned away Meskwaki on Tuesday, 78-30.
Isabelle Gradwell led the Trojans (17-4) with 29 points, three rebounds and five assists in her final home regular season game. Kayla Cripps had her best scoring night of the season with 22 points, and she chipped in five rebounds and five steals.
Abigail Iron Shell was the only scorer in double digits for Warriors (11-9) as she put up 14 in the loss.
Comets clipped by visiting Pirates
CONRAD — The BCLUW girls basketball team suffered a loss to Hudson on Tuesday at home, 49-41.
Lauren Anderson led the Comets (9-12) as she turned in a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Madison Ubben finished with 10 points and Easton Swanson hauled in 10 boards.
The Pirates (10-10) got 12 points from Olivia Kolterman.
No. 7 East Marshall whips Wolverines
LE GRAND — The Class 2A No. 7 East Marshall boys basketball team reached the 20-win mark on Tuesday by taking down county foe GMG, 65-24.
The Mustangs (20-0) had three players in double digits, as Zane Johnson led all scorers with 17 points, while Zaine Leedom and Tyler DeBondt each had 15. Jimmy Sylvester just missed the double digits with nine points.
The Wolverines had no scorers in double digits, as Hunter Smoldt finished the night with eight points to lead the team.
Meskwaki boys stun West Marshall
STATE CENTER — The Meskwaki boys basketball team spoiled the final home game of the season for West Marshall on Tuesday night by walking out with a 52-49 victory.
The Warriors (11-8) actually trailed by four heading into the fourth quarter but outscored the Trojans (13-7) by seven in the final frame.
Taté Bear led all scorers with 18 points for Meskwaki, while Jarius Bear and Emmett Roberts had 11 and Taurice Grant had 10.
Peyton Pope also tied Bear with 18 points, while Joseph Halverson had yet another double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Michael Doe also finished with 10 points.