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Lady Vikings topple Toppers for ninth conference win

GLENWOOD CITY – After having yet another game postponed due to extremely cold weather earlier in the week, the Colfax girls made the most of their only game played by taking care of business with another conference win, 56-39 over Glenwood City on the Hilltoppers home court Jan. 31. Colfax is now 9-0 in the Dunn-St. Croix and 12-0 overall. (The game against Elmwood will be played Feb. 13 in Colfax and the game at St. Croix Central has been re-scheduled for Feb. 18. They will also play Feb. 24 at Hayward in another make up).

The Vikings continue to spread the scoring around as five different players came up with points in the first quarter. Braanna Steen started the night off with a bucket underneath, Mallie Doucette came up with a steal and a layup, Steen tacked on a pair of free throws and Alexis Rudi drained a triple for a 9-0 lead. Glenwood got on the board with a deuce but Taylor Shipman canned a trey and a minute later took a pass from Doucette and came up with an old fashioned three point play for a 15-5 lead. Chey Olson scored in the lane as Colfax held a 17-11 lead after eight minutes of play.

Steen scored on a runner, Shipman hit back to back shots from close up and Steen added a shot on her spin move for a 25-13 lead and the Vikings upped the lead to 30-13 on a pair of Doucette free throws and a three ball from Dannielle Dachel. After single free throws by Moriah Kuehndorf and Maya Petersen for the Toppers, Steen came up with another shot from the paint and Olson closed out the half with a bucket for a 34-15 halftime lead.

“We got off to a good start, moved the ball well and were very unselfish,” coach Joe Doucette said. “Glenwood is very big and athletic and sometimes we struggle with that.We have been fortunate to play well and get ahead early.”

The Toppers came up with a short run to start the third quarter, scoring seven straight points to cut the Colfax lead to 34-22 but the defensive pressure asserted by Colfax forced three turnovers, resulting in Steen knocking down three free tosses and Dachel canning another trey to put the lead back up to 18 at 40-22. Doucette finished off the third quarter scoring on all free throws, two coming off a technical foul when the Hilltoppers had six players on the court, then hit two of three after getting fouled on a three point attempt with just a second left on the clock for a 44-29 lead.

Rudi rattled in another triple and added a deuce sandwiched around Steen’s final bucket of the game for a 53-33 lead and with a Doucette shot from the top of the key, Dempsey Fogarty put the game to rest with one of two free throws.

Doucette hit her season average with 14 points on the night while Steen added 13 and Shipman tacked on 10.

It will be a challenging week for the Vikings as they host Eau Claire Regis Feb. 3, then stay home to take on the second place team in the conference, Mondovi Feb. 6.

“We are coming up on a tough stretch of games,” coach Doucette said. “We will have to be prepared for it, both mentally and physically,” he added.

NOTE: The Mondovi game will be a double header with the Colfax boys varsity playing Spring Valley at 5:55 and the junior varsity after in the Martin Anderson gym. The girls’ junior varsity will be at the regular scheduled time (5:55) in the Martin Anderson gym with the varsity afterward.

COLFAX (56) Doucette 3-8-11-14, Steen 4-5-6-13, Shipman 4-1-2-10, Rudi 3-0-0-8, Dachel 2-0-0-6, Olson 2-0-0-4, Fogarty 0-1-2-1

GLENWOOD CITY (39) Kuehndorf 3-3-4-10, J. Kopacz 4-0-0-9, R. Klatt 3-2-3-8, M. Kadinger 2-1-1-5, M. Samens 2-0-0-4, Petersen 0-3-4-3

THREE POINTERS: Rudi 2, Dachel 2, Shipman 1, Kopacz 1, Kuehndorf 1