By Cara L. Dempski
With less than two weeks left to play in the regular season, Colfax head girls’ basketball coach Joe Doucette still believed his team of Vikings had what it takes to make a post-season run to the state tournament.
Doucette also said he has yet to see the Lady Vikings play a full 36 minutes as a consistent team.
The Colfax squad took a trip to Plum City for their second meeting this season with the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves. The February 7 game was not what the Vikings coach has looked for all year, but was still a 54-29 victory.
The Vikings stayed home on February 10, but invited the Glenwood City Hilltoppers over for a game. The Toppers put up a fight in the first half and trailed Colfax by only five points at halftime, but were not able to maintain as the Lady Vikings went on to win 73-46.
Colfax hit the road again for a contest against its nearest conference neighbor, Elk Mound, on February 13. Results of the game were not available prior to publication. They will play their final Dunn-St. Croix game against Mondovi on February 16.
The Colfax girls earned a number-three seed in their Division 4 regional and a bye for the February 21 round of regional play. They are scheduled to take on the winner of the Glenwood City and Fall Creek game on February 24 at Colfax.
Doucette stated he saw some good things in the game against the Wolves, but felt for the most part that the Lady Vikings were just going through the motions.
“Elmwood/Plum City tried hard, and hurt us with their rebounding hustle. They got to most of the loose balls, and we were fortunate they missed a lot of easy shots,” Doucette elaborated. “I was hoping we would be more together and play harder, but we are happy to win.”
There were times the Vikings moved the ball well, and times where the team looked sluggish and “average” as a team. The Colfax coach said the team looked like it tried harder in the second half than in the first, but still gave up a lot of layups and second attempts at shots, both of which cause him concern with the tournament season fast approaching.
“Right when we think we are heading in a great direction, we go and repeat the same mistakes,” Doucette explained.
Senior Ally Heidorn continued a strong comeback after sitting out several games due to a concussion. She scored 16 points with a trio of field goals, a trio of threes, and a free throw. Kameri Meredith and Savannah Henricks tied with 10 points apiece, and Alyssa Dachel put together three field goals and a single outside shot for three to log nine points.
Emma Hurlburt recorded five points, Rachel Scharlau nabbed two points with a field goal, and Morgan Schleusner and Taylor Irwin each dropped in a free throw for a point apiece.
Elmwood/Plum City players Kylee Sabelko, Ellie Funk and Hannah Feuker each earned five points to lead the Wolves’ offense.
COLFAX 54, ELMWOOD/PLUM CITY 29
Colfax………………………………27 27 — 54
Elmwood/Plum City……………14 15 — 29
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Colfax (14-8-10-54) A. Dachel 3-0-1-9, M. Schleusner 0-1-0-1, A. Heidorn 3-1-1-16, K. Meredith 4-2-1-10, S. Henricks 1-2-0-10, T. Irwin 0-1-1-1, B. Buchanan 0-0-2-0, H. Prince 0-0-1-0, R. Scharlau 1-0-0-2, E. Hurlburt 2-1-2-5.
Elmwood/Plum City (11-4-8-29) A. Peterson 1-0-1-2, K. Sabelko 1-0-1-5, A. Peterson 1-2-0-4, T. Whippe 1-0-1-2, K. Broeckert 0-0-1-0, J. Helmueller 1-0-1-2, E. Funk 2-1-2-5, A. Glampe 2-0-0-4, H. Feuker 2-1-1-5.
THREE-POINTERS C — A. Dachel 1, A. Heidorn 3, S. Henricks 2; EPC — K. Sabelko 1.
Doucette’s Vikings squad had its hands full in the first half of its February 10 home contest against Glenwood City. The Lady Toppers were doing everything they could think of to keep the Vikes from getting to the paint to score on the inside, and the 31-26 score at halftime showed the fruits of Glenwood City’s efforts.
The head coach noticed how effective Glenwood City was too, and credited to his team.
“We definitely struggled early,” Doucette explained. “It just didn’t seem like we had a lot of communication, not very much great effort early.”
The Viking coach also said Glenwood City has improved since the first meeting between the two teams this season and credited Hilltopper junior Jenesa Klinger with keeping the Glenwood team in the game.
While the second half of the game was much better for Colfax, Doucette said the scary part for him is the team cannot keep playing in spurts as they head into regional play later next week.
“We have to figure out a way to play for 36 minutes. We still have a week to get ready,” Doucette stated.
Colfax senior Bryana Buchanan opened the February 10 contest with a solid three-point shot from near the right baseline, but the Hilltoppers answered with a conventional three less than 30 seconds later when Mariah Voeltz drew a foul going up to sink a two-point shot off the glass. Voeltz dropped in her charity throw, and the game tied at three with only 75 seconds off the clock in the first half.
The Vikings raced out to a 7-3 lead at 13:18, but then Jenesa Klinger found the basket to put the Toppers within two. Alyssa Dachel turned around and nailed a three at the 12:02 mark to make the score 10-5 in favor of Colfax. The two teams traded scoring possessions for a few minutes before a three-point attempt from Dachel dropped right into Klinger’s hands.
The Hilltopper junior raced to the other end of the court and the Toppers spent a minute or so trying to find the best shot before the ball wound up in Klinger’s hands again. The Glenwood player sent up a field goal from outside the arc, and it fell right through the center of the rim to give the Hilltoppers a 14-13 lead with 8:01 to play in the opening half.
Glenwood senior Becca Moll tied the game at 19 with a pair of free throws with 2:45 left in the first half, but Colfax’s squad turned up the heat on the Hilltoppers, and shot for nine more points before Savannah Henricks put up a three-point shot with 3.5 seconds left in the half.
Not to be outdone, Glenwood’s Delaney Quinn got a hold of the ball, and drew back her right arm to fire it at the basket from at least five feet past the half-court line and the ball dropped in for three points as the horn sounded, making the score 31-26 as both teams broke for the half.
The second half saw Colfax dial up their speed and defense to hold the Toppers to just 20 points more while chalking up 42 points of their own.
At the end of the game, Ally Heidorn and Alyssa Dachel were tied at the top of Colfax’s scoreboard with 15 points apiece. Emma Hurlburt contributed 10 points, Henricks earned nine, Taylor Irwin picked up seven, Morgan Schleusner scored five, Kameri Meredith had four, Buchanan and Jayna Bowe each had three, and Josie Steinke picked up two.
Jenesa Klinger earned the game’s top score with 21 points.
GLENWOOD CITY 46, COLFAX 73
Glenwood City………………….26 20 — 46
Colfax………………………………31 42 — 73
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (10-11-10-46) J. Klinger 4-1-2-21, M. Voeltz 1-3-1-5, B. Moll 3-7-1-13, C. Lawson 0-0-1-0, D. Quinn 2-0-1-7. H. Strehlo 0-0-3-0, J. Johnson 0-0-1-0.
Colfax (16-2-17-73) A. Dachel 0-0-3-15, A. Heidorn 3-0-2-15, K. Meredith 2-0-4-4, S. Henricks 3-0-0-9, B. Buchanan 0-0-2-3, M. Schleusner 1-0-2-5, T. Irwin 2-0-1-7, E. Hurlburt 4-2-3-10, J. Steinke 1-0-0-2, J. Bowe 0-0-0-3.
THREE-POINTERS GC — J. Klinger 4, D. Quinn 1; C — A. Dachel 5, M. Schleusner 1, A. Heidorn 3, S. Henricks 1, T. Irwin 1, B. Buchanan 1, J. Bowe 1.