COLFAX — It didn’t take long for the Colfax girls basketball team to show they have every intention of defending their conference title.
After a slow start in their opening game played at home Friday, Nov. 21, the Vikings breezed to a 69-29 win over the Spring Valley Cardinals.
After Colfax took an 8-2 lead, the Cardinals managed to break the Vikings’ press a few times and stayed within four points for most of the first quarter.
But Colfax continued the pressure which created some turnovers by the Cardinals, and with a driving layup by Karina Wait, a put back from Chey Olson and a free toss by Wait, the Vikings had a 19-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
It was all Colfax from there as the Cardinals seemed to be wearing down early as they committed their seventh team foul less than a minute into the second stanza.
After Alexis Rudi drained a triple, the Vikings went to the foul line seven times, hitting seven of 13 free throws. Megan Schleusner added a trey and the Vikings took a 36-15 lead into the break.
Although the Cardinals seem to be an improved team from last year under coach Brady Hoolihan, they were no match the rest of the way against the Vikings.
Olson hit a three pointer, Wait scored from underneath and Dannielle Dachel knocked down a pair of free tosses for a 44-19 lead. Dempsey Fogarty came up with a steal and end-to-end layup and the third quarter ended with a 46-24 Vikings lead.
Colfax went on a 21-point run which included another triple from Schleusner and one from Makenzi White-Quilling. Dachel hit two more freebies as a result of a technical foul called on Hoolihan and when the score hit 64- 24, the running clock came into play. Wait scored the final points for the Vikings on another drive through the middle and a free throw to boot.
“I thought all 10 girls we had out there tonight really hustled and played our style of defense,” coach Joe Doucette said. “We had balanced scoring and everyone contributed. It will take a few games to see how well we work together.”
All ten players for Colfax scored with Olson finishing with 11 points and Dachel ten. Colfax was 22 of 35 from the foul line and the Cardinals didn’t help themselves by hitting only 3 of 15 free throws.
Colfax (69) FG-FTM-FTA-PTS: Olson 4-2-4-11, Dachel 2-6-8-10, Rudi 2-4-5-9, Fogarty 4-1-3-9, Wait 3-3-4-9, Schleusner 2-0- 2-6, K. Christoffel 1-4-5-6, White-Quilling 2-1-2-6, A. Heidorn 1-0-0-2, A. Brantner 0-1-2-1.
Spring Valley (29) B. Fesenmeier 7-2-9-16, J. Dieckman 2-1-2-5, C. Quinn 2-0-0-4, T. Leach 1-0- 1-2, E. Brorson 1-0-0-2.
Three Pointers: Schleusner 2, Rudi 1, White-Quilling 1, Olson 1