The Colfax girls started their second round of Dunn-St. Croix Conference games and continued to roll through their opponents by taking a 48-35 win at home over St. Croix Central Jan. 13, then traveled to Spring Valley for a Friday night contest and pretty much destroyed the Cardinals 61-19.
St. Croix Central
The game was probably the last conference game the Vikings and Panthers will play since Central will be leaving the D-SC and moving into the Middle Border Conference next year. (Durand will leave the MB and come into the D-SC). SCC coach Luke Fritsche has mixed feeling about changing conferences but looks forward to another challenge—and hopes the Panthers can still play Colfax in non-conference games in the upcoming years.
“We know what the competition is like in the Middle Border since we play some of those schools already,” he said. “But even though we haven’t had a lot of success against Colfax, we like coming here to play them because it is always a great atmosphere with a good crowd. They bring a lot of people to our games in Hammond, too. We use Colfax as our measuring stick because they are always one of the best in the conference and if we hang with them, we know we are playing well. We will miss the conference rivalry and we wish them good luck in the future,” he added.
That said, Colfax jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the game after Karina Wait scored on a put back, Dannielle Dachel canned the first of her five triples of the game and Dachel scored after teammate Dempsey Fogarty stole the ball off the Colfax press and slid a pass to her for a layup. Dachel and Fogarty then added a shot from behind the arc for a 15-6 first quarter lead.
Chey Olson came up with a steal and found Wait open in the corner for a trey to increase the lead, but the over aggressive Vikings committed their seventh team foul with 5:10 left in the second stanza. The fouls didn’t hurt them however as the Panthers went to the free throw line only twice and were one of three, ending the half with the Vikings up 25-13 at the break.
Central made a run to start the third quarter, scoring six straight points from under the basket to cut the Colfax lead to 25-19. But in the blink of an eye, the Vikings upped the lead to 30-19 on Dachel’s fourth trey and a pair of free throws by Ally Heidorn. Andrea Brantner came up with a a defensive and offensive gem all on one play as she saved the ball from going out of bounds, managed to pass it to a teammate, who then returned the ball to her to can a short jumper, ending the quarter with a 32-21 Colfax lead.
The Vikings maintained at least a 10 point lead in the final stanza with help from seven free tosses as Alexis Rudi hit three of six, Katie Christoffel connected on two of two and Olson was also two for two.
“Central played us tough and we just could never separate and put them away,” coach Joe Doucette said. “I thought we were going to spurt and pull way ahead but they kept it close.We gave the ball up on too many careless turnovers, so we need to improve on that and on our team rebounding,” he added.
Dachel led all scorers with 17 points with Olson adding 12, including a six for six performance at the charity stripe, The Colfax defense held conference leading scorer Emma Landry, who averages 14 points a game, to 10 points.
COLFAX (48) Dachel 6-0-0-17, Olson 3-6-6-12, Wait 3-0-0-7, Rudi 0-3-6-3, Fogarty 1-0-0-3, Christoffel 0-2-2-2, Brantner 1-0-0-2, Heidorn 0-2-2-2
ST. CROIX CENTRAL (35) M. Krogseng5-4-4-14, Landry 5-0-0-10, J. Ruvelson 2-1-2-5, L. Moll 1-0-0-2, A. Kopacz 1-0-0-2, E. Scott 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Dachel 5, Fogarty 1, Wait 1
Colfax kept the Cardinals grounded by holding them to single digit scoring all four quarters, then used 10 triples by six different players to come up with their second big win of the season against them. Rudi got back on track from long range, hitting a pair of treys in the first half while Dachel also had two to go along with a pair of deuces to help them take a 31-12 lead at the half.
Heidorn had a big third quarter as she came up with nine of the Vikings’ 19 points with a couple of short buckets sandwiched around a three pointer and a free toss. Christoffel, Dachel and Brantner all canned shots from behind the arc and with an Olson bucket it was 50-17 heading into the final stanza.
Wait added six points to finish off her career high 14 point night while Mackenzie Jensen added a deuce and Heidorn hit her second triple to finish things off.
“We played one of our most complete games of the year,” Doucette said. “We moved the ball well, played good team ball and had less mistakes with only four turnovers. We also had 17 assists in the game,” he added.
Dachel added 13 points in the game to go with Heidorn’s career high 11 while Fogarty finished with eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.
COLFAX (61) Wait 6-2-2-14, Dachel 5-0-0-13, Heidorn 4-1-1-4-1-1-11, Rudi 2-0-1-6, Fogarty 2-0-1-5, Olson 2-0-2-4, Christoffel 1-0-0-3, Brantner 1-0-0-3, Jensen 1-0-1-2
SPRING VALLEY (19) B. Fesenaier 2-3-8-7, T. Leach 1-0-0-3, C. Quinn 1-0-0-3, E. Brorson 1-0-0-2, S. O’ Brian 0-2-2-2, J. Dieckman 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Dachel 3, Rudi 2, Heidorn 2, Fogarty 1, Christoffel 1, Brantner 1, Leach 1, Quinn 1