After clinching at least a share of the Dunn St. Croix Conference Championship with a huge 62-18 win at home over Spring Valley Feb. 17, the Colfax girls went on the road the very next night and claimed it outright with a win over St. Croix Central 51-29. It is the sixth consecutive Dunn-St. Croix Conference title for the girls and their eighth in the past nine seasons. (A highly anticipated home game against Ladysmith was canceled due to a snowstorm Feb. 20 and will not be rescheduled).
Colfax held the Cardinals to single digit scoring in all four quarters, giving up the most in the first quarter with seven. Meanwhile, they continue to show their versatility in the scoring department as 11 different players put points up in yet another game that used a running clock partway through the fourth quarter. Mallie Doucette came up with 12 first half points to go along with 10 by Dannielle Dachel, six from Braanna Steen, three by Alexis Rudi and two each from Katlin Sauerwein and Taylor Shipman to put the game away by halftime with a 35-11 lead.
“We started a little slow but Spring Valley is an improved team with coach Brady Hoolihan,” Colfax coach Joe Doucette said. “After we got going, I thought we defended very well. The second quarter was a big key for us and we played better on both ends.”
Steen and Doucette ended their night in the third quarter with Steen coming up with three close range shots and Doucette hitting a deuce and a pair of free throws to go with a Shipman basket and one from Chey Olson for a 49-14 lead. Karina Wait came up with six fourth quarter points, Jessica Moonen nailed a trey, and Andrea Brantner, Emily Halpin and Sauerwein all contributed with a deuce to finish off the Colfax scoring.
“The first time we played Spring Valley we gave up a lot of offensive rebounds and lay ups,” coach Doucette said. “We wanted to try and stop that, and for the most part we did. We didn’t shoot the ball very well but we hustled and chased some missed shots down. And our bench was pretty good again,” he added.
Three Vikings scored in double figures with Doucette leading the way with 16 while Steen added 12 and Dachel 10. Colfax was 9 for 12 at the foul line while the Cardinals were 3 for 9.
COLFAX (62) Doucette 6-3-4-16, Steen 5-2-2-12, Dachel 4-1-1-10, Shipman 2-0-0-4, Wait 1-2-2-4, Sauerwein 2-0-0-4, Rudi 1-1-3-3, Moonen 1-0-0-3, Olson 1-0-0-2, Brantner 1-0-0-2, Halpin 1-0-0-2
SPRING VALLEY (18) B. Fesenmaier 3-1-3-7, E. Boisen 2-1-2-6, C, Brorson 1-0-0-2, S. O’Brien 1-0-0-2, T. O’Keefe 0-1-2-1
THREE POINTERS: Doucette 1, Moonen 1, Dachel 1, Boisen 1
St. Croix Central
The score may not indicate it, but other than the second quarter, the Vikings didn’t shoot the ball particular well, according to coach Doucette. After taking a 13-5 lead after the first quarter, Colfax used five triples in the second stanza, two by Rudi and one each by Moonen, Dachel and Steen to go with a pair of Doucette free tosses and another by Steen to build a 31-12 halftime lead. The Panthers are a much improved team this year and were sitting in the middle of the conference standings, boasting the fifth highest scorer in the conference in Emma Landry. Central pulled to within seven points in the third quarter with Landry scoring seven of them with five coming from the foul line and McKenzy Johnson added five points before the Vikings finally found the hoop and went on an 11-0 run for a 42-24 lead after three quarters of play.
Dempsey Fogarty came up with her second deuce of the game in the fourth quarter to go with Moonens second triple, an Olson bucket and freshman Mckenzi White-Quilling scored her first varsity points on a shot from close range while the Viking’s defense held Central to five points to seal the win.
“We played well in stretches but also struggled at times,” coach Doucette said. “Central played very aggressive and got to the foul line a lot. Other than the second quarter when we hit a stretch of three pointers, we did not shoot the ball well and had some bad misses. But it feels great to clinch the conference title and it really means a lot to us to represent a great school and community. Winning our sixth in a row says a lot about our kids and the youth program we have here. It was our first goal but we have some tough games left and we want to keep playing well,” he added.
Nine of the 12 Colfax players who saw action contributed to the scoring column with Steen finishing with 13 and Doucette adding 10. Colfax nailed seven triples in the game and were 4 of 6 from the foul line while Central gave a lot of points away by hitting just 11 of 24 free throws.
COLFAX (51) Steen 5-1-2-13, Doucette 4-2-2-10, Rudi 3-0-0-8, Moonen 2-0-0-6, Fogarty 2-0-0-4, Olson 1-1-2-3, Dachel 1-0-0-3, Shipman 1-0-0-2, White-Quilling 1-0-0-2
ST. CROIX CENTRAL (29) Landry 3-6-9-12, Johnson 4-0-2-10, E. Scott 1-0-0-2, A. Kopacz 0-2-4-2, K. Pabst 0-2-7-2, J. Rurelson 0-1-2-1
THREE POINTERS: Rudi 2, Moonen 2, Steen 2, Johnson 2, Dachel 1