MAXWELL - For three quarters, the Collins-Maxwell girls’ basketball team hung with No. 11 (Class 1A) Janesville before coming up short, 43-34, Saturday in Maxwell.


After a rough start, the Spartans gave the Wildcats all they could handle before running out of momentum in the fourth quarter. Collins-Maxwell trailed by 10 after one quarter, but pulled within six at the half and evened the score at 27-27 by the end of the third quarter.


The Spartans came up with 16 steals and outrebounded the Wildcats 28-21. That helped them remain competitive despite shooting just 26 percent from the field, compared to Janesville’s 57-percent effort.


Brianda Bane had 16 points, seven rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block for Collins-Maxwell in the loss. Mikayla Houge finished with 11 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists and Josie Wierson added six points, six rebounds, four steals and one assist.


The loss put Collins-Maxwell at 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the Iowa Star Conference. Janesville improved to 2-0, both overall and in the conference.


Kennedy Meister had eight points, 10 rebounds and three assists and Grace Hovenga also scored eight points for a balanced Wildcat team.


Janesville 43, Collins-Maxwell 34


J 13 8 6 16 - 43


CM 3 12 12 7 - 34


Janesville (43) - Grace Hovenga 4-5 0-0 8, Kennedy Meister 3-5 2-2 8, Lily Liekweg 1-2 0-0 2, Alisa Bengen 3-5 0-0 6, Bailey Hoff 2-4 2-3 7, Kennedy Rieken 2-3 3-4 7, Brianda Baker-Bruce 2-6 0-0 5, Natalie Dirks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-30 7-11 43. 3-point field goals (2): Hoff, Baker-Bruce. Rebounds (21): Meister 10. Assists (14): Liekweg 4, Baker-Bruce 4. Steals (11): Baker-Bruce 5. Blocks (4): Hovenga, Meister, Hoff, Rieken. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: Baker-Bruce.


Collins-Maxwell (34) - Gracie Cheville 0-4 0-0 0, Brooke Christie 0-0 0-0 0, Josie Wierson 3-9 0-0 6, Mikayla Markley 0-4 0-0 0, Shasta Moody 0-4 1-2 1, Mikayla Houge 4-11 3-8 11, Brianda Bane 5-12 3-7 16, Ella Kahler 0-0 0-0 0, Kayla McCormick 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-47 7-17 34. 3-point field goals (3): Bane 3. Rebounds (28): Bane 7. Assists (7): Houge 3. Steals (16): Wierson 4, Houge 4. Blocks (1): Bane. Fouls: 16.


MAXWELL - Collins-Maxwell used a strong finish on defense to hold off Meskwaki, 43-36, for its first Iowa Star Conference victory Friday in Maxwell.


The Spartans led by five at the half, but Meskwaki pulled within one after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Collins-Maxwell stepped up to hold Meskwaki to just four points after giving up 17 in the third, pulling away for the victory.


Collins-Maxwell only shot 28 percent from the field and made just 16 of 35 free throws. But they made up for the cold shooting with 46 rebounds and 15 steals.


Brianda Bane hit all three Spartan 3-pointers and she compiled 19 points, 11 rebounds, four steals, two blocks and one assist in the win. Mikayla Houge had nine points, four steals and three assists; Gracie Cheville eight points, five rebounds and two assists and Josie Wierson eight rebounds and two assists, steals and blocks apiece.


Collins-Maxwell 43, Meskwaki 36


M 5 10 17 4 - 36


CM 9 11 13 10 - 43


Collins-Maxwell (43) - Emma Kahler 0-0 0-0 0, Gracie Cheville 4-9 0-0 8, Brooke Christie 2-3 0-1 4, Josie Wierson 0-6 0-0 0, Mikayla Markley 0-3 2-4 2, Shasta Moody 0-3 0-1 0, Mikayla Houge 1-6 7-14 9, Olivia Pasquariello 0-1 0-0 0, Brianda Bane 5-10 6-12 19, Ella Kahler 0-0 1-3 1, Kayla McCormick 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 12-43 16-35 43. 3-point field goals (3): Bane 3. Rebounds (46): Bane 11. Assists (9): Houge 3. Steals (15): Markley 4, Houge 4, Bane 4. Blocks (4): Wierson 2, Bane 2. Fouls: 14.


COLO - For a little over one half, Collins-Maxwell hung right with defending Iowa Star Conference South Division champion Colo-NESCO Nov. 28 in Colo, but the Spartans couldn’t solve the Royals’ pressure defense down the stretch in a 63-50 setback.


The strong inside play of Brianda Bane combined with a great effort by Mikayla Houge on the perimeter and a big spark from Mikayla Markley to give Collins-Maxwell a 30-24 lead early in the third quarter.


Bane converted a putback, followed that up by hitting 1 of 2 free throws and then Markley scored to give Collins-Maxwell a 24-21 lead late in the first half. Colo-NESCO evened up the score on a 3-pointer by Megan Carlson, but a Kayla McCormick putback and Markley basket off a steal gave the Spartans a four-point lead at the break.


Collins-Maxwell went up six on a Houge basket to start the third quarter. But from then on, it was all Colo-NESCO.


The Royals went to a 1-2-1-1 press and it threw Collins-Maxwell completely out of rhythm. Sparked by Lauryn Hill and the strong play of guard Faith Vincent and center Molly Barten, Colo-NESCO went on a 26-2 run to take complete charge of the game.


“They got into one of their presses that we figured they were going to run and we just got a little ahead of ourselves,” Collins-Maxwell head girls’ basketball coach Mack VanZante said. “We had planned on them running a 1-3-1, so they mixed it up a little bit and dropped that girl in that extra layer and confused us a little bit.”


Foul trouble and the tough defense by Barten limited Bane to four points in the second half, and the Spartans also struggled on the perimeter. Collins-Maxwell made a late push, getting a 20-point deficit down to 12 late in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.


The loss put Collins-Maxwell at 1-2 on the season. Despite the final outcome, VanZante said he likes where his young team is at this early in the season.


“We’ve got two girls who’ve played varsity basketball before and a couple girls that got their feet wet tonight,” VanZante said. “It was a good experience moving forward. Mikayla Markley, Ella Kahler — those girls stepped up in a big way. Olivia Pasquariello — the girls that came off the bench — they gave us good quality minutes in the first half. I really liked the effort and intensity in our first big road game of the year.”


Houge tallied 15 points, six assists, four rebounds and one steal and Bane finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks and two steals before fouling out. Markley ended up with nine points and three steals, Gracie Cheville four points, three assists and one block and McCormick two points, four rebounds and three steals.


Vincent led Colo-NESCO with 22 points, six steals, five assists, four rebounds and one block. Barten tallied 15 points, 12 rebounds and one block; Purvis 12 points and four rebounds and Hill six points, three assists and two steals.


Colo-NESCO 63, Collins-Maxwell 50


CM 10 18 4 18 - 50


CN 12 12 20 19 - 63


Collins-Maxwell (50) - Emma Kahler 0-1 0-0 0, Gracie Cheville 2-6 0-0 4, Josie Wierson 0-3 1-2 1, Mikayla Markley 4-5 1-2 9, Shasta Moody 1-3 0-0 2, Mikayla Houge 6-14 1-3 15, Brianda Bane 4-5 3-4 14, Ella Kahler 1-8 0-0 3, Kayla McCormick 1-4 0-0 2. Totals: 19 6-10 50. 3-point field goals (6): Houge 2, Bane 2, Markley, El. Kahler. Rebounds (33): Bane 12. Assists (12): Houge 6. Steals (11): Markley 3, McCormick 3. Blocks (3): Bane 2. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Wierson, Bane.


Colo-NESCO (63) - Faith Vincent 6-13 7-8 22, Lauryn Hill 2-3 2-4 6, Emily Hostetler 1-1 0-0 2, Chelsea Henze 1-6 0-1 3, Mckenzie Niemeyer 0-0 0-0 0, Rylee Purvis 4-19 4-4 12, Megan Carlson 1-1 0-0 3, Emma Stalzer 0-2 0-0 0, Molly Barten 7-11 1-2 15, Gracie Kettwig 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 22 14-18 63. 3-point field goals (5): Vincent 3, Henze, Carlson. Totals: 22-58 14-19 63. 3-point field goals (5): Vincent 3, Henze, Carlson. Rebounds (40): Barten 12. Assists (15): Vincent 5. Steals (12): Vincent 6. Blocks (4): Vincent, Carlson, Stalzer, Barten. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: Hill.