MONTEZUMA - The Colo-NESCO girls’ basketball team couldn’t contain fifth-ranked Montezuma’s outside shooting in a 68-49 loss to the Braves during the Class 1A regional semifinals Friday.


Montezuma hit 15 3-pointers and also came up with 15 steals defensively. That was too much for Collins-Maxwell to overcome despite a strong 55-percent shooting performance from the field and 30-21 rebounding advantage.


“They have about five 3-point shooters and that’s difficult to cover,” Collins-Maxwell head coach Justin Flaws said. “We knew they were going to make them, we just had to weather the storm. I know it looks like we got killed by the 3, but in reality, we can’t turn the ball over 23 times and expect to beat a team like that. They had 23 points off of our turnovers.”


The second quarter was the turning point of the game. The Spartans were outscored 17-5 in the period to fall behind 33-19 at the half and they were never in the game after that, ending the season with a 19-5 record.


“We had a great season,” Flaws said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t accomplish what he had set out to accomplish. But we played our tails off this season when a lot of people probably counted us out at the beginning. Joel (Kahler) and I couldn’t be much more proud of this group. They’re awesome.”


Reagan Franzen had an amazing performance in defeat for the Spartans.


Franzen made all 11 of her shots from the field and both of her free-throw attempts. She finished with 24 points and nine rebounds.


“Honestly, Reagan was as close to dominant as I’ve ever seen her,” Flaws said. “She scored 24 and grabbed nine rebounds against a girl who is one of the best players in the state (Shateah Wetering).”


Alexis Houge added 13 points, six rebounds and two assists for Collins-Maxwell. Brooke Christie put up five points and three assists, Trinity Stover four points, three rebounds and one block, Ella Kahler three points, Emma Kahler four assists and Kenzi Wierson five rebounds and three assists.


Montezuma improved to 22-1. Elise Boulton hit nine 3-pointers and scored 33 points to pace the Braves and Wetering recorded 19 points, five assists and two blocks.


Montezuma 68, Collins-Maxwell 49


CM 14 5 14 16 - 49


M 16 17 14 21 - 68


Collins-Maxwell (49) - Emma Kahler 0-1 0-0 0, Trinity Stover 0-2 4-4 4, Avery Fricke 0-0 0-0 0, Kenzi Wierson 0-4 0-0 0, Jane’e Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Brooke Christie 1-4 2-2 5, Alexis Houge 5-10 3-4 13, Karley Bartleson 0-0 0-0 0, Marissa Boege 0-0 0-0 0, Reagan Franzen 11-11 2-2 24, Mary Staudt 0-0 0-0 0, Ella Kahler 1-1 0-0 3, Isabelle Hill 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-33 11-12 49. 3-point field goals (2): Christie, El. Kahler. Rebounds (30): Franzen 9. Assists (14): Em. Kahler 4. Steals (1): Houge. Blocks (1): Stover. Fouls: 20.


Montezuma (68) - Maddy McKeag 1-9 0-0 3, Shanae Wetering 0-1 0-0 0, Mia Boulton 0-1 0-0 0, Shateah Wetering 6-16 3-6 19, Elise Boulton 9-16 6-6 33, Carissa Van Zee 0-0 0-0 0, Shelby Conger 1-5 7-8 10, Dylan Holland 1-1 1-2 3. Totals: 18-49 17-22 68. 3-point field goals (9): E. Boulton 9, Shat. Wetering 4, McKeag, Conger. Rebounds (21): Shan. Wetering. Assists (14): Shat. Wetering 5. Steals (15): McKeag 5. Blocks (2): Shat. Wetering. Fouls: 13.


TAMA - Collins-Maxwell used great defense in the first half and a big third quarter on offense to easily dispose of Meskwaki, 53-23, in Class 1A regional quarterfinal play Feb. 18.


The Spartans held Meskwaki to 10 points in the first half. They took a 12-point lead at the break then put the Warriors away with 20 points in the third quarter to go up 22.


Collins-Maxwell head Meskwaki without a basket from inside the 3-point line. The Spartans held the Warriors to 20-percent shooting and posted a 32-20 rebounding advantage.


The victory put Collins-Maxwell at 19-4 heading into the regional semifinals. The Spartans were strong from the foul line (16 of 21) and they had 14 steals on defense.


Alexis Houge went for a career-high 24 points for Collins-Maxwell. Houge made 10 of 15 field goals and also came up with three rebounds.


Reagan Franzen put up 11 points, eight rebounds and two assists and Trinity Stover and Kenzi Wierson tacked on six points apiece. Stover also had two steals and Wierson four assists, steals and rebounds apiece.


Brooke Christie tacked on three points, two assists and a block. Isabelle Hill netted two points, Ella Kahler scored one and Emma Kahler chipped in five steals and two assists.


Meskwaki finished 14-8. Payton Tahahwah had nine points and seven rebounds and Deandra Navarro eight points for the Warriors.


Collins-Maxwell 53, Meskwaki 23


CM 10 12 20 11 - 53


M 5 5 10 3 - 23


Collins-Maxwell (53) - Reagan Franzen 2-5 6-6 11, Alexis Houge 10-15 3-5 24, Emma Kahler 0-1 0-0 0, Ella Kahler 0-1 1-2 1, Trinity Stover 1-3 4-6 6, Kenzi Wierson 2-6 2-2 6, Brooke Christie 1-6 0-0 3, Karley Bartleson 0-0 0-0 0, Avery Fricke 0-0 0-0 0, Jane’e Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Isabelle Hill 1-1 0-0 2, Marissa Boege 0-0 0-0 0, Mary Staudt 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 17-39 16-21 53. 3-point field goals (3): Franzen, Houge, Christie. Rebounds (23): Franzen 8. Assists (11): Wierson 4. Steals (14): Em. Kahler 5. Blocks (1): Christie. Fouls: 13.


Meskwaki (23) - Shye Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Deandra Navarro 2-10 2-2 8, Irene Keahna 0-0 0-0 0, Payton Tahahwah 2-10 3-6 9, Genesis Ramirez 1-3 0-0 3, Summer Youngbear 0-3 0-2 0, Geanna Bear 1-2 0-0 6-30 5-10 23. 3-point field goals (6): Navarro 2, Tahahwah 2, Ramirez, Bear. Rebounds (20): Tahahwah 7. Assists: None. Steals (7): Navarro 2, Tahahwah 2. Blocks: None.