ELMWOOD — It didn’t take long for the Colfax girls to put the new WIAA rule into effect as they started their defense of a conference title with a 68-12 smacking of the Elmwood Raiders on Elmwood’s home court Nov. 26. With more than a 40 point lead partway through the third quarter, a running clock was used making the game move along rather quickly as per the new rule.
Colfax jumped out to a 27-5 first quarter lead as their defense led to several points off turnovers including eight from Braanna Steen and six from Mallie Doucette. Coach Joe Doucette pulled his full court press off part way through the quarter but the young Raiders were no match for the more experienced and talented Vikings. Mallie Doucette added six more points in the second quarter to go with five by Jessica Moonen for a 27-7 halftime lead and with six more by Steen and points by five other players the lead was extended to 64-10 heading into the final stanza. Chey Olson and Emily Halpin tallied the only points in the fourth quarter for Colfax with a bucket each.
Steen led the Vikings with 16 points while Doucette added 14.
“It was a great way to get started,” coach Doucette said. “We have a lot of great kids who love to play. Elmwood is very young and we had too much talent and experience for them right now. We tried to hold back and take our time but we were moving the ball pretty well. We talked about balanced scoring, some inside, some outside and getting to the foul line and we did just that. We had a lot of kids play pretty well,” he added.
Colfax will travel to Hayward Dec. 3 for a tougher task as the Hurricanes have always been a strong team out of the Heart O’ North Conference. They open the home schedule Dec. 5 against St. Croix Central.
COLFAX (68) Steen 8-0-1-16, Doucette 7-0-1-14, Halpin 4-0-0-8, Moonen 3-0-0-7, T. Shipman 2-1-2-6, K. Wait 2-1-2-5, A. Rudi 2-0-0-4, Olson 2-0-2-4, D. Dachel 2-0-0-4
ELMWOOD (12) J. Weix 2-0-0-5, K. Lee 2-0-0-4, S. Hall 1-0-0-3
THREE POINTERS: Moonen 1, Shipman 1, Hall 1, Weix 1