What was expected to be a busy week for the Colfax girls turned out to be a little less busy as they played a make up game in Flambeau Jan. 20, had another make up at Spring Valley just 24 hours later, but had to reschedule a home game against Elmwood after Elmwood cancelled school due to more extremely frigid weather. (The game will take place Feb. 13 at home). Colfax made the best of things however as they flew past the Falcons 62-28 and clipped the Cardinals wings 70-42, giving them a record of 11-0 for the season and 8-0 in conference play.
The game was scheduled for Jan. 6 but some nasty weather forced a postponement of the long trek to northern Wisconsin. The bus ride and another round of extremely cold weather may have played a part in a slow start for the Vikings against the leaders of the Lakeland East Conference, but they still managed to take a 14-6 lead after the first quarter on five points from Mallie Doucette, four from Alexis Rudi, three by Dannielle Dachel on a trey, and a deuce from Chey Olson.
Colfax took command in the second stanza, outscoring the Falcons 23-7 with four different players connecting from long range including Doucette twice and Rudi, Taylor Shipman and Braanna Steen once. Steen also scored three times from close range and the Vikings held a 37-13 lead at the break.
“We really struggled at the start and did not have a lot of intensity,” Colfax coach Joe Doucette said. “We got better as the half went on and the five- three pointers we hit in the second quarter helped us get going.”
The Vikings defense continued to shut the Falcons down, keeping them in single digits for the final two quarters while Doucette, Olson, Dachel and Steen all added third quarter points to increase their lead to 33 points at 52-19, and four different players tallied points in the final quarter to finish things off. Dempsey Fogarty canned a pair of close range shots, Karina Wait hit two free tosses, Emily Halpin scored from the paint and Katlin Sauerwein, back from an injury, knocked down two free throws.
“Flambeau is a little banged up but they played hard,” coach Doucette said. “Even though the score looks good for us we made a lot of mistakes and had a lot of turnovers. Our mistakes are fixable but we should be able to play hard and communicate at all times,” he added.
The Steen-Doucette combo combined for 31 points as Steen picked up 16 and Doucette 15. The team went 13 for 20 at the charity stripe while the Falcons were 9 for 17.
COLFAX (62) Steen 7-2-4-16, Doucette 4-5-6-15, Rudi 2-1-2-7, Olson 2-2-2-6, Dachel 2-0-0-5, Fogarty 2-0-0-4, Shipman 1-0-0-3, Wait 0-2-4-2, Halpin 1-0-2-2, Sauerwein 0-2-2-2
FLAMBEAU (28) M. Paulson 2-4-6-9, N. Mateski 2-0-0-5, B. Sterba 1-2-7-5, L. Alberson 1-3-4-5, H. Ludescher 2-0-0-4
THREE POINTERS: Doucette 2, Rudi 2, Dachel 1, Shipman 1, Steen 1, Mateski 1, Paulson 1, Sterba 1
The Vikings not only scored their highest point total of the season, they also had their highest point total in a quarter with 28 to start the game off and held a 28-11 advantage. Balanced scoring again told the story as eight different players put points on the board in the first half including nine from Steen and Shipman, eight by Doucette, four from Olson, three by Dachel and two by Rudi, Wait and Sauerwein as the Vikings took a 39-26 lead at the intermission. 10 of those first half points came from the charity stripe on 15 attempts.
“We had a nice start and moved the ball well,” coach Doucette said. “We had some nice passes in the first quarter, scored inside and out and got to the foul line.”
Steen tacked on nine more points in the third stanza on three close range shots and a trey while Dachel tallied six more with a triple, double and a single free toss to help increase the Colfax lead to 61-36 after three quarters of play. Olson went on a mini scoring binge with three buckets in the final eight minutes while the defense did their part by holding the Cardinals to six points.
“We seemed to relax after the early lead and after we stopped pressing them,” Doucette said. “Defensively we were not as good and we gave up a lot of lay ups and multiple shots. I was not excited at all about our half court defense,” he added.
Steen led the Vikings with 18 points while Doucette picked up 14 and Olson scored a season high 10. Colfax connected on 15 of 25 free throws while the Cardinals were 3 for 5.
COLFAX (70) Steen 7-3-6-18, Doucette 5-4-4-14, Olson 5-0-0-10, Dachel 3-2-3-9, Shipman 3-2-2-9, Rudi 1-2-5-4, Sauerwein 1-1-2-3, Wait 1-0-1-2, Fogarty 0-1-2-1
SPRING VALLEY (42) C. Quinn 2-2-2-8, C. Brorson 3-0-0-7, N. Schlegel 3-1-2-7, E. Boisen 3-0-0-6, E. Brorson 2-0-0-4, S. O’Brien 2-0-1-4, T. O’Keefe 2-0-0-4, T. Leach 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Quinn 2, Dachel 1, Shipman 1, Steen 1, C. Brorson 1