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Colfax girls pound Panthers, trip up Toppers

The Colfax girls traveled to Hammond for a make up game Monday, Dec. 15 and came home with a 54-32 win over the St, Croix Central Panthers, then just 24 hours later, they used a strong second half to pull away from Glenwood City 57-39. (A third game was played at Mondovi Friday night but due to an early deadline, details of that game will be in next week’s Messenger).

St. Croix Central

The Panthers led the game early but the Vikings responded with a huge first quarter as they came up with 21 points which included five three pointers. Alexis Rudi and Dannielle Dachel knocked down a pair while Chey Olson canned one after hitting a deuce. Dempsey Fogarty went two for two at the foul line and MaKenzi White-Quilling connected from short range for a 21-6 lead.

Karina Wait got into the scoring column with five of the Colfax 11 second quarter points to help the Vikings take a 32-13 halftime lead. Katie Christoffel hit a pair of third quarter free tosses and Andrea Brantner and Ally Heidorn both dropped in a shot from the paint and the Vikings had a 46-18 advantage heading into the final stanza. From there on out it was cruise control and the Vikings finished the game off with Wait adding four points to go with two White and Brantner.

“It was a game we needed to win,” coach Joe Doucette said. “St. Croix was playing well and they had a nice crowd. I liked the way we reacted. We turned the ball over too much and our bench struggled late but we had balanced scoring with nine players putting up points.”

White-Quilling led the Vikings with 10 points while Wait added nine. Colfax was six for six at the charity stripe while Central went eight for 13.

COLFAX (54) White-Quilling 4-2-2-10. Wait 4-0-0-9, Dachel 3-0-0-8, Olson 3-0-0-7, Rudi 2-0-0-6, Fogarty 2-2-2-6, Brantner 2-0-0-4, Heidorn 1-0-0-2, Christoffel 0-2-2-2

ST. CROIX CENTRAL (32) E. Landry 4-6-11-14, M. Krogseng 4-0-0=8, L. Moll 2-2-2-6, E. Scott 1-0-0-2, A. Olson 1-0-0-2

THREE POINTERS: Rudi 2, Dachel 2, C. Olson 1, Wait 1

Glenwood City

The Hilltoppers have plenty of experienced players back this year and they were one of the teams expected to challenge the Vikings for a conference title this season. Colfax had all they could handle the first half defensively as the Toppers scored most of their points in the paint, starting with the first two baskets for a 4-0 lead. Olson and Dachel both nailed three point shots to pull ahead but Glenwood continued to keep the game close, forcing Colfax to keep pace. Dachel connected on another triple and Rudi scored from close range for an 11-10 lead and after a Wait drive and bucket, Dachel ended the quarter on a short jumper for a 17-14 Colfax lead.

The Toppers were handling the Colfax press pretty well for the most part, cashing in on some defensive breakdowns and they took a 20-19 before Olson scored in the lane and tacked on a free throw. Megan Samens knotted it up for the Toppers at 22-22 on a shot from underneath, Dachel returned the favor and scored on a pull up jumper, but the Toppers again countered with a shot in the paint. Glenwood took the lead on a couple of free tosses by Jenesa Klinger, forcing Colfax to come back again as Dachel  tacked on her 12th point of the game on another jumper in the lane to end the half with the game knotted at 26-26.

“We gave up a lot of layups and second shots in the first half,” Doucette said. “We seemed to always have one or two players going half speed on defense.”

That all changed rather quickly to say the least as the Hilltoppers started with the ball the second half. In the blink of an eye, Fogarty slid in, stole the inbounds pass and zipped down court for a layup. Colfax forced another Topper turnover resulting in White-Quilling scoring off an offensive rebound for a 30-26 lead. The lead increased to 35-26 after White-Quilling added another close range bucket, Fogarty hit a free toss and Christoffel scored on a steal and layup. With help from several more steals from Fogarty, the Vikings simply pulled away as they were up 46-29 by the end of the quarter.

Colfax kept the lead right around 15 points the rest of the game with a trey each by Olson and Heidorn to finish off the win.

“We played harder, pressed better and made it harder for them in the second half,” Doucette said. “Fogarty sparked us early in the second half with her defense, Dachel scored in a lot of different ways, Christoffel sparked us off the bench and Olson, who rarely leaves the floor, was our biggest rebounder. Our bench will be a big key for us as the season goes on,” he added.

Dachel continues to up her career high in the scoring department, finishing with 19 points while Olson added 11. Colfax was three of 10 from the foul line but drained eight triples to help their cause. Glenwood was four of 10 from the charity stripe with nary a three pointer in the game.

COLFAX (57) Dachel 8-0-0-19, Olson 4-1-3-11, Christoffel 2-1-2-6, Rudi 2-0-0-5, Fogarty 1-1-2-3, Heidorn 1-0-0-3, Wait 1-0-1-2

GLENWOOD CITY (38) G. Peterson 4-1-2-9, M. Kadinger 4-0-1-8, M. Kuehndorf 3-0-0-6, Klinger 1-2-2-4, Samens 2-0-0-4, M. Peterson 1-1-5-3, J. Kopacz 1-0-0-2, B. Moll 1-0-0-2

THREE POINTERS: Dachel 3, Olson 2, Rudi 1, Christoffel 1, Heidorn 1