MAXWELL – For nearly three quarters, the Collins-Maxwell-Baxter girls’ basketball team gave a Colo-Nesco squad rated No. 3 in Class 1A all it could handle Saturday in a non-conference game at Maxwell.

CMB only trailed by single digits early in the fourth quarter after actually leading at the half. But foul trouble and Colo-Nesco’s relentless pressure defense eventually took their toll on the Raiders as they suffered a 51-36 setback to remain winless on the season.

"Not to back down from this challenge shows mental toughness," CMB head coach Jamie Zabel said. "Their depth wore us down and the biggest thing was the turnovers in the second half. But I’m happy with the effort."

The Raiders (0-5) were able to go blow for blow with the Royals (4-0) in the first half, thanks to the strong inside game of talented center Abbie Haupert and a big spark from forward Bridget Hurley.

Haupert scored off a steal and added another basket to give CMB an early 8-6 lead. Colo-Nesco tied the score at the end of the first quarter, but Hurley stepped up and hit two 3-point baskets to put the Raiders on top by a 14-10 margin early in the second period.

Haupert followed Hurley’s second 3-pointer with another basket and then Sydney Ziesman hit a short jumper to give Raiders a surprising 18-11 lead midway through the second quarter.

But Colo-Nesco changed things up in the final three minutes with its aggressive full-court press. Shayla Dean hit a 3-pointer, the Royals scored off a steal and Caitlyn Riese scored off another CMB turnover to tie the score and then Madison Farren hit 1 of 2 free throws to give Colo-Nesco a 21-20 lead.

CMB managed to regroup just before the end of the half as Mikayla Eslinger scored at the buzzer to give CMB a 22-21 lead.

But the third quarter saw mistakes with the ball proved costly for CMB. Colo-Nesco’s constant pressure forced a slew of Raider turnovers and that allowed the Royals to go on a 14-2 run.

Dean capped the run with two free throws to give Colo-Nesco a 37-26 lead with 33 seconds left in the third quarter. CMB closed within eight on a Haupert bucket early in the fourth quarter, but the Raiders couldn’t get any closer as Colo-Nesco ended the game on a 13-6 run.

CMB did excellent job executing in its half court offense and taking advantage of its occasional fast-break opportunities to stay close for most of the game. The Raiders also killed Colo-Nesco with second-chance opportunities.

CMB shot a strong 49 percent from the field (17 of 35) and outrebounded Colo-Nesco by a hefty 45-29 margin. But fouls and turnovers were just too much for CMB to overcome.

Colo-Nesco ended up with 25 steals and 27 free-throw attempts. The Royals only made good on 10 of those foul shots, but it was a big difference maker as CMB didn’t get to the line once all game.

Haupert was spectacular in a losing effort. Going up againstww a talented 6-1 Royal center in Caitlyn Riese, Haupert connected on 11 of 15 field goals to finish with 22 points.

Haupert also dominated the glass, ripping down an impressive 16 rebounds. She added four steals and two blocks defensively.

"After last night (a 52-39 loss to Gilbert) Abbie was kind of floating around on the perimeter so we established we needed her on the block tonight," Zabel said. "She was dominant."

Hurley scored all eight of her points in the second quarter and she also had 11 rebounds, two blocks and two assists for the game before fouling out.

"Bridget doesn’t get in foul trouble and it’s probably a single-digit game," Zabel said. "I’m happy with her and all of our other players tonight."

Eslinger had four points and rebounds apiece, Ziesman ended up with two points, Lexi Breon had seven assists, five rebounds and two steals and Mackenzie Schmitz dished out three assists for the Raiders.

Riese finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals and Dean had 12 points, nine steals, six assists and five rebounds to pace Colo-Nesco. Farren chipped in seven points, seven rebounds and three steals and Hannah Buseman added four points and five steals for the Royals.

Colo-Nesco 51, CMB 36

C-N 8 13 14 16 – 51

CMB 8 14 4 10 – 36

Colo-Nesco (51) – Hannah Buseman 2-4 0-2 4, Madison Farren 2-5 3-6 7, Shayla Dean 4-10 3-6 12, Leah Vincent 1-2 0-0 2, Melanie Van Loon 2-6 1-2 5, Makaelyn Neuendorf 0-1 1-2 1, Tabitha Halferty 2-3 0-4 4, Caitlyn Riese 7-18 2-5 16. Totals: 20-49 10-27 51. 3-point field goals (1): Dean. Rebounds (29); Riese 9. Assists (12); Dean 6. Steals (25): Dean 9. Blocks: None.

CMB (36) – Madilyn Brindle 0-0 0-0 0, Mackenzie Schmitz 0-2 0-0 0, Sydney Ziesman 1-1 0-0 2, Megan Ritter 0-2 0-0 0, Bridget Hurley 3-5 0-0 8, Mikayla Eslinger 2-3 0-0 4, Abbie Haupert 11-15 0-0 22, Lexi Breon 0-7 0-0 0. Totals: 17-35 0-0 36. 3-point field goals (2): Hurley 2. Rebounds (45): Haupert 16. Assists (15): Breon 7. Steals (7): Haupert 4. Blocks (4): Hurley 2, Haupert 2.

MAXWELL – A sluggish first half proved costly for Collins-Maxwell-Baxter in a 52-39 Heart of Iowa Conference loss to Gilbert Friday in Maxwell.

CMB fell behind by nine points at the end of one quarter and by halftime the Raiders trailed 31-19. CMB put up a much better effort in the second half, but the Raiders only exchanged blows at an even rate with the Tigers in making up no ground to fall to 0-3 in the HOIC.

CMB shot just 28 percent from the field and made just 9 of 19 free throws in the loss. Gilbert connected on 51 percent of its field goals and the Tigers went 7 of 9 from the line and 5 of 10 from 3-point range.

The Raiders did a good job on the boards in defeat, outrebounding the Tigers by a 33-25 margin. CMB also totaled seven steals and four blocks defensively.

Abbie Haupert accounted for over half of CMB’s offensive production as she netted 20 points. Haupert also snared nine rebounds and picked up three assists, steals and blocks apiece.

Lexi Breon made CMB’s only two 3-point baskets and she wound up with eight points, eight assists and two steals. Bridget Hurley added five points and rebounds apiece and Mackenzie Schmitz ended up with five rebounds, two assists and two points.

Paige Hoiberg led Gilbert with 12 points and she also had three assists and three steals. Elise Powers contributed 11 points and five rebounds and Hillary Mosiman had 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and three blocks for the Tigers.

Gilbert 52, CMB 39

G 17 14 7 14 – 52

CMB 8 11 10 10 – 39

Gilbert (39) – Olivia Tibben 0-0 0-0 0, Katie Reed 2-6 4-4 9, Hillary Mosiman 4-8 0-0 11, Madison Blum 0-1 0-0 0, Kelly Anderson 0-2 0-0 0, Paige Hoiberg 5-8 1-1 12, Taylor Broshar 2-5 0-0 4, Elise Powers 5-6 1-2 11, Jane Brown 2-3 0-0 4, Chase DeBont 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 20-39 7-9 39. 3-point field goals (5): Mosiman 3, Reed, Hoiberg. Rebounds (25): Mosiman 5, Powers 5, Brown 5. Assists (14): Broshar 4. Steals (7): Hoiberg 3. Blocks (6): Mosiman 3.

CMB (52) – Madilyn Brindle 0-2 0-0 0, Mackenzie Schmitz 1-4 0-2 0, Sydney Ziesman 0-5 0-1 0, Megan Ritter 1-3 0-0 2, Bridget Hurley 2-5 1-3 5, Mikayla Eslinger 1-4 0-0 2, Abbie Haupert 6-18 81-2 20, Lexi Breon 3-9 0-1 8. Totals: 14-50 9-19 52. 3-point field goals (2): Breon 2. Rebounds (33): Haupert 9. Assists (14): Breon 8. Steals (7): Haupert 3. Blocks (4): Haupert 3.

SAYDEL – Two off quarters proved the difference in Collins-Maxwell-Baxter’s 48-36 loss at Saydel Dec. 3.

The Raiders played Saydel to a standstill after one quarter, but they slipped a little defensively in the second period to fall behind 29-24 at the half. In the third quarter CMB started to sputter offensively and that allowed Saydel to build a 41-29 lead.

The Raiders played tough defense in the fourth quarter, but they continued their struggle to score points as Saydel easily held on for the victory.

CMB shot just 32 percent from the field and the Raiders really struggled from outside, going 0 of 12 from 3-point range. CMB was also outrebounded, 30-28.

Abbie Haupert turned in a great all-around performance in defeat for CMB. She had 16 points, eight rebounds, six blocks, four assists and three steals

Freshman Mikayla Eslinger tacked on 10 points and six rebounds, Bridget Hurley had four points and three assists, Lexi Breon finished with four points, one steal and one block and Madilyn Brindle tacked on two points for CMB.

Brooklyn Allgood led CMB with 12 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals. Cassie Chubb chipped in 11 points, six rebounds and three steals for the Eagles.

Saydel 48, CMB 36

CMB 12 12 5 7 – 36

Saydel 12 17 12 7 – 48

CMB (36) – Madilyn Brindle 1-2 0-0 2, Mackenzie Schmitz 0-2 0-0 0, Sydney Ziesman 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Ritter 0-2 0-0 0, Bridget Hurley 2-5 0-0 4, Mikayla Eslinger 4-9 2-4 10, Abbie Haupert 7-15 2-3 16, Lexi Breon 1-12 2-2 4. Totals: 15-47 6-9 36. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (28); Haupert 8. Assists (10): Haupert 4. Steals (7): Haupert 3. Blocks (7): Haupert 6.