After three years of having their unbeaten streak broken by Minneapolis DeLaSalle, the Colfax girls soundly defeated the Islanders 65-40 in their only game at the AAU Holiday Classic held at UW-Stout Dec. 28. They added another non-conference win one week later 49-30 over Heart O’North Conference leaders Bloomer.
The Islanders were the Minnesota AAA three time defending state champions and lost several players through graduation who went on to play at Division 1 colleges.
“This year they have a lot of new faces and are not nearly as talented but they were strong and very athletic,” Colfax coach Joe Doucette said. “But we were very aggressive and I thought we were in complete control throughout the game.”
Colfax scored almost half of their team points from the foul line. They knocked down 29 of 35 attempts for 88% with Taylor Shipman hitting 8 of 9 including 5 for 5 in the fourth quarter. Mallie Doucette and Alexis Rudi were both 6 of 8 and Braanna Steen and Chey Olson 3 for 3.
The Vikings took a 17-6 lead after a quarter of play with Doucette scoring eight of those points on a pair of free tosses and back to back triples and Rudi knocking down two freebies and her own trey. The Islander’s overly aggressive defense resulted in plenty of fouls on their part and other then a Steen spin-and-scoop shot from under the hoop and another Doucette trey, their other 10 points in the second quarter came off free throws and they took a 32-13 lead into the break.
“Alexis and Mallie got us off to a good start and we were able to play with a lead,” coach Doucette said.
In a span of 90 seconds, the Vikings increased their lead to 38-13 on a pair of free throws by both Steen and Doucette while Rudi scored on a swipe and layup. After a Shipman long ball and a drive through the lane by Dannielle Dachel, the Colfax lead was up to 43-18 and the Islanders started to launch three pointers from all over the court. With one managing to find the net, the Vikings went into the final quarter with a commanding 50-22 lead.
DeLaSalle made a short run to cut the Colfax lead to 23 points at 53-30 on a couple of treys, but Shipman camped out at the free throw line for five points and a Jessica Moonen triple and a free toss by Dempsey Fogarty ended the scoring and the game.
Three Vikings finished in double figures in the scoring column with Doucette leading the way with 17 points while Shipman and Rudi both had season highs with 15 for Shipman and 11 for Rudi.
Doucette 4-6-8-17. Shipman 3-8-9-15, Rudi 2-6-8-11, Dachel 3-0-2-6, Moonen 2-0-0-5, Olson 1-3-3-5, Steen 1-3-3-5
S. Harris 4-1-1-10, T. Toney 3-2-6-8, Z. Sellers 2-0-0-5, T. Bidden 1-2-2-4, I. Tisdale 1-0-0-3, A. Wilson 1-0-0-3, A. Podewils 1-1-3-3, A. Lockett 1-0-0-2, K. Young 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Doucette 3, Rudi 1, Moonen 1, Shipman 1, Harris 1, Tisdale 1, Wilson 1, Sellers 1
Three pointers were falling from all over early as Rudi again had a hot start, nailing a pair of them. Dachel and Doucette added another to help the Vikings take a 16-4 lead after a quarter of play. The Blackhawks made a short run with five points to open the second stanza before Doucette canned a short jumper, Rudi drained another trey, Olson hit from close range and Steen scored on a turn around and on a put back for a 27-13 halftime lead.
“We got off to a great start by making those three pointers early in the game,” coach Doucette said.
Using a new zone offense in the game, the Vikings added 14 points in the third quarter, six from Doucette, five by Steen and three from another Dachel triple for a commanding 41-22 leading heading into the final eight minutes. Steen came up with five consecutive points on a shot under the hoop and a three pointer while Rudi finished off the Colfax scoring with her fourth triple of the game for the lop sided win.
“After the good start, we were not great and we just kind of coasted,” Doucette said. “We are a great team when we play hard, communicate and help each other but we did not play terribly hard tonight. We didn’t get a lot from the inside or from the foul line and we didn’t chase any misses,” he added.
Steen led the Vikings with 16 points while Doucette came up with 13 to go with a career high 12 for Rudi, who scored all her points from three point land. Colfax was 8 for 19 from long range and there wasn’t much action at the foul line as they were 3 for 4 (all by Steen). Colfax is now 7-0 and will play six straight conference games starting at Plum City Jan. 9.
Steen 6-3-4-16, Doucette 6-0-0-12, Rudi 4-0-0-12, Dachel 2-0-0-6, Olson 1-0-0-2
BLOOMER (30) A. Seibel 4-0-0-9, I. Rothbauer 4-1-2-9, C. Zwiefellhofer 2-1-4-6, J. Jarr 1-0-0-2, J. Zwiefellhofer 0-2-2-2, A. Hassemer 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Rudi 4, Dachel 2, Steen 1, Doucette 1, Seibel 1