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Viking boys win, girls lose against Hilltoppers in double header matinee

It was a matter of both Colfax teams coming from opposite sides of the spectrum when they hosted Glenwood City on a Saturday afternoon January 16. The girls were coming off a lopsided win against Elmwood- Plum City, but found their home gym as cold as the temperature outside as they lost 50-33 to the Hilltoppers in the first game. The boys on the other hand, were trying to rebound from a trouncing by Elk Mound two days earlier and heated up the gym with 10 three point shots in a 73-57 win.

Colfax-Glenwood City girls

If there was ever a year the Topper girls were finally going to break the long time losing streak against the Vikings, it was this year. With several seniors on the roster who have a lot of varsity experience combined with the Vikings playing with a very young group of kids, Glenwood used a full court press along with several different zone defenses to frustrate Colfax throughout the contest. Colfax held leads of 8-4 and 11-8 before the Toppers used a scoring spurt to pull ahead 17-11. The Vikings’ Alyssa Dachel canned a trey and a free throw for a four point play to knot the score at 17-17 and Savannah Henricks made it 19-19 on her two free tosses. The Toppers were controlling the boards and scored on a fourth rebound to go up 22-19 before Emma Hurlburt brought the Vikings a point with a bucket from Henricks’ assist. Glenwood went back up by five points and Megan Schleusner helped Colfax again with  a pair of free throws but the half ended with Colfax on the short end 28-23.

Cold shooting and turnovers on the Vikings’ part allowed the Toppers to begin pulling away as they upped their lead to 40-27 with just over 10 minutes to play. Although the Vikings continued to use their own pressure defense, the Toppers had it figured out and did not commit a turnover against it until the nine minute mark. Hannah Sykora knocked down a long deuce for the Vikings to cut the deficit to 43-31 but a Ally Heidorn deuce finished off the Colfax scoring.

“We simply did not do enough offensively to win or come close,” Colfax coach Joe Doucette said. “We didn’t pass or shoot well, had 15 turnovers in the first half and didn’t box out.We played hard the last 12-13 minutes and didn’t have a turnover in the second half but we were too deep in a hole to get out of.We need to find a way to get better in the final third of the season,” he added.

The loss dropped Colfax into a three-way tie for second in the D-SC Conference at 5-2, along with Glenwood City and Durand.

GLENWOOD CITY (50) R. Klatt 8-1-2-17, M. Kadinger 5-3-4-13, G. Peterson 3-4-6-11, M. Peterson 1-2-8-4, J. Klinger 1-1-2-3, B. Moll 1-0-0-2

COLFAX (33) D. Fogarty 3-2-4-8, Dachel 2-1-2-7, Heidorn 2-0-0-5, Hurlburt 2-0-0-4, Henricks 1-1-2-3, Schleusner 0-2-2-2, Sykora 1-0-0-2, B. Buchanan 0-1-2-1, H. Durand-Christianson 0-1-2-1

THREE POINTERS: Dachel 2, Heidorn 1, G. Peterson 1

Colfax-Glenwood City boys

Although Kedar Davis started the Colfax scoring off with a three ball, the Vikings found themselves behind 16-10 before Andrew Harmon banged in his own trey and Davis followed up with an off balanced jumper and another triple, while Aliymu Davis added a shot in the paint to put Colfax up 20-16. Colfax upped their advantage to ten at 29-19 after the Davis boys continued to work their magic when Aliymu scored on a drive, Kedar hit a free throw, Aliymu drained a triple and Kedar hit another trey in transition.The Toppers halted the Vikings run with a pair of free throws by Ormson but after Aliymu Davis scored from under the hoop, Brett Prince drained a three ball and a deuce for a 36-26 halftime lead.

Kedar Davis started the second half just like the first with his fourth shot from behind the arc and after Jacob Larson, Alymu Davis and Harmon all added a two bagger, Isaac Lee got into the long ball action and canned a trey to put Colfax up 48-33.Both Davis boys scored on drives through the lane but the Toppers managed to cut the lead to 10 at 56-46 with around four minutes left. Larson then connected on a short jumper, Prince scored on a layup and Aliymu Davis followed suit to get the Colfax lead to 62-49. After Kedar Davis hit from close range, Colfax finished the game off at the foul line with Alyimu hitting a foul shot and Kedar going 4 for 4.

Kedar Davis led all scorers with 23 points while Aliymu finished with 19 and Prince had 10. Nick Schone led the Toppers with 21.

The Vikings are 3-3 in conference play while Glenwood City is 0-6. Colfax will play at Elmwood-Plum City this Friday night.

COLFAX (73) K. Davis 7-5-6-23, A. Davis 8-2-4-19, Prince 4-0-1-10, Larson 4-0-0-8, Harmon 2-0-0-5, Lee 1-0-0-3, A. Knudson 1-0-0-3, G. Scharlau 0-2-2-2

GLENWOOD CITY (57) Schone 7-2-2-21, R. Schutz 4-1-3-12, N. Mrdutt 2-1-2-7, Ormson 2-2-6-6, D. Hierlmeier 2-0-0-5,P. Hill 1-0-0-2, T. Davis 1-0-0-2, A. Croes 1-0-0-2

THREE POINTERS: K. Davis 4, Prince 2, Schone 2, Schutz 2, Mrdutt 2, A. Davis 1, Harmon 1, Knudson 1, Lee 1, Hierlmeier 1