After a lopsided win over the much improved Glenwood City Hilltoppers at home Dec. 10 by a score of 66-49, the Colfax girls’ basketball team had their biggest test of the season when they traveled to Mondovi three days later. They passed the test with flying colors with a 55-41 win to remain unbeaten on the season at 4-0 overall, all conference wins.
With just two seniors on the team, the Toppers showed they may be something to contend with in the future as they gave the Vikings a run for their money early on. Colfax held just an 11-8 lead before they put the hammer down by using their stifling defense to cause plenty of headaches for Glenwood City and went on an 11 point run on the offensive end that went into the second quarter for a 22-8 lead. Mallie Doucette knocked down a short jumper, Taylor Shipman banged in a triple as did Alexis Rudi, and with a pair of free throws by Doucette and a scoop shot from Braanna Steen, the Vikings upped the margin to 18 points for a 34-16 lead at the break.
The Toppers came out of the intermission and scored two quick buckets to close the deficit to 14, but the Vikings responded rather quickly as they upped their lead to 42-20 on a Steen shot from underneath with a free toss to boot, a driving layup by Chey Olson and a Doucette trey from the top of the key. They kept their lead around the 20 point mark the rest of the quarter and led 51-30 when it ended.
Both teams were struggling with fouls as the Vikings committed their seventh team foul with 7:01 left in the game and the Toppers seventh one came at the 5:36 mark. And both teams were shooting in the double bonus with 3:30 left to play.10 of the Viking’s 15 fourth quarter points came from the foul line with Jessica Moonen hitting on 5 of 12 and Shipman was cool as a cucumber with a 5 for 6 performance. Glenwood went 6 for 9 from the stripe as they outscored Colfax 20-15 in the quarter.
“We did a lot of good things against a pretty good team,” Colfax coach Joe Doucette said. “We were pretty solid on the defensive end early on but lost some energy and gave up a lot of points late in the game. I liked our balance on offense. We know Mallie and Braanna can score but Taylor really had a nice game. Our bench looked good at times but then struggled. We are fighting for more consistency from them.”
Doucette and Shipman led the Vikings with 14 points each while Steen added 13. Colfax went 22 for 38 from the free throw line with Shipman going 9 for 10 and Doucette 4 for 4. The team also combined for eight triples on the night. The Toppers were 8 for 13 from the foul line.
COLFAX (66) Doucette 4-4-4-14, Shipman 2-9-10-14, Steen 5-3-5-13, Moonen 1-5-14-8, D. Dachel 3-0-0-8, Olson 2-0-1-5, Rudi 1-0-2-3, K. Wait 0-1-2-1
GLENWOOD CITY (49) M. Petersen 4-4-7-12, M. Kadinger 4-2-2-10, M. Kuehndorf 4-0-0-9, M. Samens 3-0-0-6, R. Klatt 2-2-4-6, K. Knops 1-0-0-2, K. Bloss 1-0-0-2, J. Kopacz 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Doucette 2, Dachel 2, Rudi 1, Moonen 1, Olson 1, Shipman 1, Kuehndorf 1
The Buffaloes were picked by several coaches around the conference to give the Vikings a run for their money for a conference title this season, but after another slow start, Colfax went into high gear in the second quarter to take a 10 point lead and didn’t let Mondovi get any closer than seven points the rest of the game.
Doucette started the game off with a shot in the paint, Rudi followed with a triple and Doucette added her own for an 8-7 lead. Steen connected from underneath and Olson came up with a big play when she scored at the buzzer on a put back for a 12-8 Colfax advantage. Their scrappy defense held Mondovi to four second quarter points and when Dannielle Dachel scored from close range and Steen knocked down her first three ball of the season to go with another by Doucette and yet another put back by Olson, the Vikings took a 22-12 lead into the lockerroom.
Mondovi made a pair short runs to cut the deficit to seven twice, but another Steen triple, a Doucette put back, a Shipman deuce and a pair of Steen free tosses upped the Vikings lead to 38-24 midway through the third quarter. After Olson scored again on a Shipman assist, Jenna Franzwa nailed a trey for Mondovi but Dachel battled under the basket for an offensive rebound and dropped it in the hoop to end the quarter with her team up 42-20.
Things just snowballed in the Vikings favor from there on out as they went up by 18 points at 50-32 with Olson, Steen and Doucette doing most of the damage. Mondovi tried to stay in the game with seven points in a two minute span but Colfax was well on their way to the win by then.
“We had one of our best defensive efforts of the season with everyone helping each other out,” coach Doucette said. “Mondovi is one of the better teams in our area but everytime they made a run, we held them off. Our bench helped us a lot this game.”
Steen collected 16 points to lead the Vikings while Doucette added 14.