In a game played in front of the smallest home crowd of the year and lasting just over an hour, the Colfax girls shut out the Elmwood Raiders in two of the four quarters enroute to a 69-12 win Feb. 13. They pretty much followed suit the next night with a 60-21 pounding of Plum City. The pair of wins puts them at 13-0 in conference play and 17-0 overall with five games left, three against conference teams.
Alexis Rudi started the scoring with a deuce and a free throw six seconds into the game. Mallie Doucette ended the quarter with a triple while two other Vikings added points in between, including Braanna Steen with a trio of consecutive treys and five points by Taylor Shipman for a 24-0 Colfax lead.
The score looked even more like a football game between a couple of un-evenly matched teams as the Vikings pulled ahead 30-0 on lay ups from Dannielle Dachel and Steen along with a shot in the paint by Katlin Sauerwein. Elmwood finally got on the board with 3:55 to go in the half on a triple then actually added five more points to cut the Colfax lead to 30-8. But another Doucette drive, a pair of Steen free tosses, and after the Vikings controlled the ball for the final minute, Doucette drove the lane and dished off to Chey Olson. Just as it was drawn out, Olson nailed a three pointer to end the half with Colfax up 37-8
The Vikings outscored the younger Raiders 24-4 in the third as Jessica Moonen drilled a couple of three balls along with one from Karina Wait for a 61-12 lead to put the game into fast forward for the final eight minutes. Moonen added another trey and a free throw while Andrea Brantner and Wait both hit a deuce while the team shut Elmwood down.
“We did a great job with a lot of energy and took care of business,” Colfax coach Joe Doucette said. “We only had three turnovers the first half and were very unselfish, moving the ball very well. I think we moved it too much at times.We had great balance in scoring and our bench players had a lot of minutes which will be very important down the stretch,” he added.
Steen led the Vikings with 17 points while Moonen had a season high 10 and Shipman also had 10. Colfax tallied nine triples in the game and were 10 for 14 at the foul line. Elmwood did not attempt any free throws.
Doucette’s nine points gave her 1,015 for her career. She falls in line behind the Vikings’ all time leader Jodi Bosch (1,551), Jessica Nohl (1514 between Washburn and Colfax), Courtney Doucette (1250) and Monica Wittrock (1050). It is believed Elsa Johnson also went over 1,000 points but records from her time in Lake Holcombe were not kept.
COLFAX (69) Steen 4-6-7-17, Moonen 3-1-2-10, Shipman 4-2-2-10, Doucette 4-0-0-9, Rudi 2-1-2-5, Wait 2-0-0-5, Sauerwein 2-0-0-4, lson 1-0-0-3, Dachel 1-0-0-2, Brantner 1-0-0-2, E. Halpin 1-0-0-2
ELMWOOD (12) J. Weix 2-0-0-5, A. Hoyt 1-0-0-3, A. Morrell 1-0-0-2, K. Lee 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Moonen 3, Steen 3, Doucette 1, Olson 1, Wait 1, Weix 1, Hoyt 1
It took a little longer for Colfax to put their opening points up as Steen was fouled and hit one of two free throws 19 seconds into the contest. Plum City gave the Vikings a taste of their own medicine as they employed a full court press partway through the quarter which slowed them down a bit. But Colfax managed to add points on a Rudi free toss, a Steen deuce, a Doucette triple and a free throw, and a fast break bucket by Emily Halpin on an outlet pass from Moonen for a 10-3 lead.
It was all Vikings the rest of the way as five treys in the second stanza, including back to back shots from Moonen, two more from Rudi and another by Doucette to help them increase their lead at 30-9 heading into the break.
“As sharp and as quick as we looked against Elmwood, we didn’t look as sharp or quick early on against Plum City,” coach Doucette said. “We looked a little tired early but got better as the game went on.”
That was somewhat of an understatement as the Vikings tallied 23 third quarter points with the help of five more shots from behind the arc, starting with one by Shipman. Steen then hit her first of the game and Doucette got the home court spin as her shot went around the rim a few times before sliding in. She added another after a couple of her own free throws. Steen canned another after she connected on two freebies for a 53-19 lead.
For the second game in a row, the clock was put on running time after Olson drained the 12th triple of the game for the Vikings for a 59-19 lead and after Plum City’s Cheyanne Caturia scored the only points of the fourth quarter for her team on a deuce, Wait ended things with a free throw.
“Plum City has improved and they have some good athletes,” coach Doucette said. “But we did a good job of staying after them and after we got going, we made some big shots against their zone defense. We were very efficient, scoring from inside, outside and from the free throw line,” he added.
Doucette finished with 16 points with four treys, Steen added 13 points and seven was the lucky number of the night for four Vikings as Rudi, Moonen, Olson and Shipman collected that many for the game. Caturia, the leading scorer for Plum City with a 13 point average which is third in the conference behind Doucette and Steen, was held to six points with Rudi keeping close tabs on her most of the game with help from Halpin and Dachel.
COLFAX (60) Doucette 4-4-6-16, Steen 4-3-4-13, Rudi 2-1-2-7, Moonen 2-1-2-7, Olson 2-2-2-7, Shipman 2-2-2-7, Halpin 1-0-1-2, Sauerwein 0-1-2-1
PLUM CITY (21) E. Danzinger 3-1-2-7, Caturia 2-2-2-6, S. Gilles 1-1-3-3, R. Kernstock 0-3-4-3, J. Holt 0-1-2-1, T. Chilson 0-1-2-1
THREE POINTERS: Doucette 4, Rudi 2, Moonen 2, Steen 2, Olson 1, Shipman 1