ELK MOUND – It will be a pretty good Christmas for the Colfax girls but maybe not so much for Elk Mound as the Vikings remained undefeated with a 51-28 win on the Mounder’s home court Dec. 19.
Colfax continues to stymie teams with their pressing defense and this game was no exception as they forced several Mounder turnovers in the first quarter while managing to put some points up as they took an 11-0 lead with three different Vikings scoring. The Mounders got on the board at the 2:54 mark on a Danae Sternecker bucket but the Vikings answered as they did all game, this time with a three pointer by Jessica Moonen for a 14-2 lead.
Dannielle Dachel knocked down a triple to start the second quarter for the Vikings and after a McKenna McVey bucket for the Mounders, Colfax came up with nine straight points on two Taylor Shipman free throws, two more from Braanna Steen, a deuce from Mallie Doucette and another trey from Dachel for a 26-4 lead. McVey hit from inside again to break the run but Doucette canned a long ball which was matched by the Mounder’s Kami King. Colfax took the ball with 45 seconds left in the half but Elk Mound stepped up their defense and didn’t allow them to get a decent shot off and the teams went into the break with the Vikings up 29-9.
“We just didn’t do a lot of things very well,” Elk Mound coach Jordan Kongshaug said. “We had too many mistakes and you can’t do that against a good team like Colfax. Our little mistakes compounded as the game went on and we turned the ball over too many times before getting a shot off. We hadn’t played for nine days and we just were not sharp tonight,” he added.
Elk Mound picked things up a bit in the third quarter, outscoring the Vikings 11-8 with five of their points coming from Jamie Solem on a triple and a deuce to cut the Colfax lead to 37-20 heading into the final quarter. But before you could bat an eye, Doucette canned another three ball to get the lead back to 20 then Taylor Shipman added her own. Solem canned a short jumper but Dachel came up with one of her many steals of the game and zipped a pass to Alexis Rudi for a layup and a 46-22 lead. The Mounders’ Sarah Winchester dropped in a three ball which was again answered by a bucket and free toss by Doucette which pretty much closed the deal for Colfax.
“We took them away from some of the things they like to do,” Colfax coach Joe Doucette said. “ The score was very deceiving. Elk Mound has some nice players and they will win some games this year. Our bench helped us a lot tonight and with Braanna Steen not having her best game offensively, she helped her teammates out in a lot of ways this game. We are just happy to be heading into the break with another win.”
Doucette led all scorers with 21 points including three triples and a 4 for 4 performance at the foul line. Dachel added 10 points with a a pair of treys. Sternecker and McVey held Steen, who averages 14 points a game, to just five on the night. Solem and McVey both finished with seven points to lead the Mounders.
NOTE: The Colfax game at UW-Stout scheduled Dec. 28 at 6:00 has been changed to 4:15.
Colfax (51) Doucette 7-4-4-21, Dachel 3-2-3-10, Shipman 2-3-4-8, Steen 1-3-4-5, Moonen 1-0-0-3, Rudi 1-0-0-2, D. Fogarty 0-2-2-2
Elk Mound (28) Solem 3-0-0-7, McVey 3-1-5-7, King 2-0-0-5, Sternecker 2-0-0-4, Winchester 1-0-0-3, E. Fasbender 1-0-0-2
Three Pointers: Doucette 3, Dachel 2, Moonen 1, Shipman 1, Solem 1, Winchester 1, King 1