by Marlys Kruger
COLFAX — In their only game of the week, the Colfax girls were dealt their first loss of the season when the Hayward Hurricanes came to town Dec. 9. Hayward used the strength of 10 players at least 5’9 or taller who had some mighty long arms which disrupted the Vikings offense most of the night and took a 38-29 win.
Colfax struggled getting the ball downcourt against the Hurricane zone/trap press and when they managed to get close to the basket, the ball didn’t find the bottom of the net very often. But on the other hand, their defense caused plenty of problems for Hayward. Neither team putting anything on the scoreboard until halfway through the first quarter when Chey Olson hit a trey for the Vikings and Makenzie White added a bucket. But, Colfax was down 9-5 after the first eight minutes.
The Vikings stayed close for the first few minutes of the second stanza with Olson connecting on a pair of free tosses and scoring off one of the few Colfax offensive rebounds of the game.t Hayward forced several more turnovers and slowly built their lead to 25-15 at the intermission.
The shooting woes continued for the Vikings when they added only three points in the third quarter on a pair of Dannielle Dachel free throws and one by White. It appeared the game was out of reach when the quarter ended with the Vikings behind 34-18. But the Colfax girls are never down and out and with their defensive pressure stepping up a few notches and their ability to finally find the hoop, they closed the gap to five points. White scored on a drive through the lane. Andrea Brantner hit a short jumper. Dachel dumped in a pair of free tosses then scored on a nifty under and over scoop. Karina Wait swiped the ball, zipped a pass to Dempsey Fogarty who returned the ball to Wait who then drilled a trey. The Vikings were back in business down 34-29 with 3:28 left in the game. After a time out, the Hurricanes regrouped on defense while the Vikings, still having trouble getting into the lane, were forced to shoot from outside and failed to connect on six three point attempts in the final minutes, making their comeback too little and too late.
“We had a bad stretch in the second and third quarters when we let the game get away from us,” coach Joe Doucette said. “We knew Hayward was a big and physical team from playing against them in the summer and we had trouble scoring from inside. We struggle offensively at times but non-conference games like this will only make us better as the season goes on,” he added.
Colfax did not have anyone score in double figures as Dachel collected eight points in the game. The Vikings were seven of 13 from the foul line while Hayward was seven of 10.
The Vikings will be busy this week with a make up game at St. Croix Central Monday, a home game against Glenwood City on Tuesday and a Friday game at Mondovi.
HAYWARD (38) K. Yaylor 6-0-0-12, C. Preston 3-0-0-9, K. Stark 2-2-2-6, M.Neff 2-1-2-5, T. Meyer 0-4-4-4, E. Scherer 1-0-2-2
COLFAX (29) Dachel 2-4-4-8, Olson 2-2-5-7, White 2-1-2-5, Brantner 2-0-0-4, Wait 1-0-0-3, Fogarty 1-0-2-2
THREE POINTERS: Preston 3, Olson 1, Wait 1