MAXWELL — A huge spurt in the first quarter made the difference for Collins-Maxwell in a 53-37 victory over Colfax-Mingo Jan. 9.


The Spartans went on a 14-0 run to take a 22-6 lead. A Trinity Stover 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Collins-Maxwell a 25-9 lead at the end of the quarter and they were never seriously threatened after that in improving to 9-2 on the season.


“Today we wanted the cushion,” Collins-Maxwell guard Alexis Houge said. “He (head coach Justin Flaws) talked to us and (told) us we tend to fall back and we didn’t want to do that. We tried our best to get up and down the court.”


Reagan Franzen hit back-to-back baskets to get the run going. She later added a 3-pointer during the run.


“I was trying to speed it up so we could have some cushion,” Franzen said.


Franzen finished with a game-high 17 points and she added 13 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in another terrific all-around performance. Houge added 14 points, eight steals and six rebounds.


Kenzi Wierson tacked on eight points and five rebounds, Stover four points, five rebounds and four steals and Marissa Boege and Brooke Christie three points apiece.


In its effort to push the ball up and down the floor Collins-Maxwell had its share of turnovers. That played a part in slowing down the Spartan offense over the last three quarters.


But the Spartan defense held Colfax-Mingo in check to maintain the comfortable margin.


As a team Collins-Maxwell held Colfax-Mingo to 23-percent shooting from the field and came up with 22 steals. The Spartans also outrebounded the Tigerhawks, 45-29.


“We’re getting a lot stronger,” Franzen said. “Our steals resulted in more turnovers and it was just so fast that we couldn’t keep up with ourselves. We’ll get it handled in the next week or two. We still need to knock off some rust from the break, but I think we’ll only get stronger from here in the second half of the season.”


Colfax-Mingo fell to 3-6. Carley Underwood led the Tigerhawks with nine points and three assists, Avery Rague chipped in eight points and rebounds apiece and Abigayle Rawlins scored eight points.


Collins-Maxwell 53, Colfax-Mingo 37


Colfax-Mingo 9 8 7 13 - 37


Collins-Maxwell 25 8 9 11 - 53


Colfax-Mingo (37) - Carley Underwood 2-8 5-8 9, Abigayle Rawlins 2-7 2-3 8, Abigail McConeghey 1-2 2-6 4, Avery Rague 2-7 2-8 8, Brennan Rhone 2-11 0-0 6, Caylee Cunningham 0-2 0-0 0, Melany Vry 0-1 0-2 0, Kyra Lester 0-1 0-0 0, Crystal Lincoln 0-0 2-2 2. Totals: 9-39 13-29 37. 3-point field goals (6): Rawlins 2, Rague 2, Rhone 2. Rebounds (29): McConeghey 6. Assists (5): Underwood 3. Steals (12): Cunningham 3. Blocks (1): Vry. Fouls: 22. Fouled out: Rague.


Collins-Maxwell (53) - Emma Kahler 0-1 1-2 1, Isabelle Hill 0-1 0-2 0, Alexis Houge 5-9 4-5 14, Reagan Franzen 5-7 6-7 17, Trinity Stover 1-3 1-2 4, Brooke Christie 1-6 0-0 3, Kenzi Wierson 4-10 0-1 8, Jane’e Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Avery Fricke 0-1 1-2 1, Karley Bartleson 0-0 0-0 0, Marissa Boege 1-3 1-2 3, Mary Staudt 1-1 0-0 2, Ella Kahler 0-4 0-1 0. Totals: 18-46 14-24 53. 3-point field goals (3): Franzen, Stover, Christie. Rebounds (45): Franzen 13. Assists (18): Franzen 7. Steals (22): Houge 8. Blocks (2): Houge, Stover. Fouls: 27. Fouled out: Fricke.


MAXWELL — Collins-Maxwell made short work of Valley Lutheran Jan. 7, crushing the Crusaders by a 74-11 score.


The Spartans put the Crusaders to bed early, leading 24-0 after one quarter. They led 48-3 at the half on their way to improving to 8-2 on the season and 4-1 in the Iowa Star Conference South Division.


Collins-Maxwell shot 49 percent from the field, outrebounded Valley Lutheran 34-13, and came away with 72 steals. The Spartans got everyone involved in at least one stat column and played very unselfishly with 26 assists on 34 field goals.


Reagan Franzen had 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals and Alexis Houge 11 points and five steals to lead Collins-Maxwell. Emma Kahler put up nine points, three assists and three steals, Trinity Stover six points, three steals and two assists, Kenzi Wierson and Brooke Christie six points, four assists and two steals apiece and Ella Kahler five points, five rebounds and two assists.


Karley Bartleson, Marissa Boege and Isabelle Hill scored four points apiece and Avery Fricke and Jane’e Jones each added two. Bartleson also had three rebounds a block, Boege three rebounds, two steals and an assist, Hill two rebounds and assists apiece, Fricke three steals and a block and Jones two rebounds and an assist.


Mary Staudt chipped one one rebound, assist and steal apiece for the Spartans.


Valley Lutheran fell to 0-5 overall and 0-4 in the conference. Savannah Schmitz scored five points and pulled down four rebounds for the Crusaders.


Collins-Maxwell 74, Valley Lutheran 11


VL 0 3 4 4 - 11


CM 24 25 11 14 - 74


Valley Lutheran (11) - Alayna Laughride 0-0 0-0 0, Lauren Rindels 0-0 0-0 0, Miriam Kearney 1-1 0-0 2, Megan Mason 1-6 0-0 2, Lauren Dawson 1-2 0-0 2, Savannah Schmitz 2-7 1-2 5. Totals: 5-16 1-2 11. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (13): Schmitz 2. Assists (3): Laughride, Kearney, Mason. Steals (2): Laughride, Mason. Blocks: None. Fouls: 4.


Collins-Maxwell (74) - Emma Kahler 4-5 0-0 9, Trinity Stover 2-7 1-2 6, Avery Fricke 1-4 0-0 2, Kenzi Wierson 3-4 0-0 6, Jane’e Jones 1-2 0-0 2, Brooke Christie 3-8 0-0 6, Alexis Houge 5-8 0-0 11, Karley Bartleson 2-4 0-0 4, Marissa Boege 2-4 0-0 4, Reagan Franzen 7-8 1-2 15, Mary Staudt 0-2 0-0 0, Ella Kahler 2-11 0-0 5, Isabelle Hill 2-3 0-0 4. Totals: 34-70 2-4 74. 3-point field goals (4): Em. Kahler, Stover, Houge, El. Kahler. Rebounds (34): Franzen 5, El. Kahler 5. Assists (26): Wierson 4, Christie 4, Franzen 4. Steals (27): Houge 5. Blocks (1): Fricke. Fouls: 7.