After a slow start offensively, the Colfax girls used their always tight defense to keep them in the game and finally pulled away for a 45-36 non-conference win over Bloomer on the Blackhawks home court Jan. 27.
After getting a taste of their own medicine with the Blackhawks defensively employing a full court press, Colfax was down 7-0 before Andrea Brantner scored her only points of the game midway through the first quarter on a short jumper. The Vikings finally picked up the tempo offensively with Alexis Rudi hitting a deuce, a triple and a free toss to go with a Dempsey Fogarty trey and a pair of Dannielle Dachel free throws but Colfax was down 15-13 after the first quarter.
“Bloomer really took it to us early,” coach Joe Doucette said. “We had trouble with their pressure but we stayed the course and didn’t panic.”
Rudi and Dachel both hit from behind the arc, Chey Olson knocked down a trio of free tosses while Fogarty and Karina Wait scored from close range and the defense did their part by holding Bloomer to a scant two points, resulting in a 26-17 halftime lead for the Vikings.
Katie Christoffel and Dachel both came up with five third quarter points with shots from long range and short range, and a bucket from Olson upped the lead to 38-23 heading into the final quarter. Bloomer made a little run late in the fourth but the Vikings had enough cushion to earn the nine point win.
“Bloomer was scoring early off their defense but once we started taking care of the ball, they had trouble,” Doucette said. “We moved the ball well at times and hit some timely three’s. Our ability to defend gave us a chance to get better in other phases of the game,” he added.
Seven Vikings scored points, led by Dachel with 13. Colfax was six of 12 at the charity stripe while Bloomer was six for six.
COLFAX (45) Dachel 4-2-2-13, Rudi 3-1-1-9, Fogarty 3-0-2-7, Olson 2-3-5-7, Christoffel 2-0-0-5, Brantner 1-0-0-2, Wait 1-0-0-2
BLOOMER (36) C. Zwiefelhofer 5-4-4-15, S. Harms 3-0-0-6, A. Seibel 3-0-0-6, J. Zwiefelhofer 2-0-0-5, M. Ruf 1-0-0-2, J. Burgess 0-2-2-2
THREE POINTERS: Dachel 3, Rudi 2, Fogarty 1, Christoffel 1, J. Zwiefelhofer 1, C. Zwiefelhofer 1