Colfax girls double up in win over Boyceville

COLFAX — There have been some pretty good games over the years between the Colfax girls and Boyceville but in the first contest of the season between the two, the Vikings took command early and scored twice as many points as the Bulldogs, taking a 52-26 win at home Jan. 17. (The game at Spring Valley scheduled earlier in the week was postponed due to bad weather and will be played as a double header with the boys at Spring Valley Jan. 21).

Shutting down the Bulldogs two leading scorers while holding the team to single digit scoring in each of the first three quarters was a big factor in the game, but Braanna Steen scoring all 12 of the Vikings first quarter points to allow Colfax to take a 12-5 lead was pretty big in itself. Steen knocked down a deuce, hit four straight free throws for a 6-0 lead before Boyceville scored five straight points. Steen then canned a triple, blocked a Bulldog shot on the other end, then connected from long range again.

The Vikings’ lead went to 20-8 in part by a trey a piece from Taylor Shipman and  Dannielle Dachel and the team’s leading scorer Mallie Doucette put down her first points with just over two minutes left in the second quarter on a shot in the paint. Chey Olson added a deuce and free toss and after a Boyceville steal led to their botched layup due to the presence of Steen who hustled downcourt, Steen was fouled on the rebound and dropped in two freebies for a 27-8 halftime lead.

Colfax rattled off 14 straight points for a 41-8 lead and didn’t allow the Bulldogs to score until the 2:50 mark of the third quarter. A Jessica Moonen trey and a lay up from Emily Halpin increased the lead to 46-13. Boyceville’s leading scorer Abbey Bird, who averages 13 points a game, was held to a single deuce at this point with Dachel doing most of the defending. However, Bird connected on a long triple at the buzzer as the Vikings held a 46-16 lead.

Colfax maintained a 30 point lead at 50-20 before Boyceville scored six consecutive points. A Doucette drive for two ended the scoring for both teams, giving Colfax the win and a 7-0 conference record. Boyceville dropped to 5-3 in conference play with the loss.

“Braanna was a beast inside tonight,” Colfax coach Joe Doucette said after the win. “That is a big focus for us, getting the ball inside. But we also rebounded well and defended well. Coach Bird does a good job with their team but we played a pretty good all around game.”

Steen tied her career high with 24 points which included 10 for 10 shooting from the foul line. Doucette was under her 15 point average with eight points. Bird led Boyceville with eight points and the Bulldogs’ second leading scorer, April Lake was held to four points after averaging 11 a game. Colfax finished 15 for 17 at the charity stripe while Boyceville was 7 for 14.

COLFAX (52) Steen 6-10-10-24, Doucette 4-0-0-8, Olson 2-1-1-5, Shipman 1-2-2-5, Moonen 1-0-0-3, Dachel 1-0-0-3, A. Rudi 0-2-2-2, Halpin 1-0-0-2

BOYCEVILLE (26) Bird 3-1-5-8, A. Peterson 1-2-2-4, Lake 1-2-3-4, C. Malean 1-0-0-3, M. Kuhn 1-0-0-3, M. Riek 1-0-0-2, S. Marlett 0-2-4-2

THREE POINTERS: Steen 2, Moonen 1, Dachel 1, Shipman 1, Malean 1, Bird 1, Kuhn 1