By Cara L. Dempski
The Colfax loss at Boyceville High School on February 3 likely still stung a bit when the Viking boys traveled to Plum City for their first regular-season match-up with Wolves.
The Vikes took a four-point lead into halftime against the Elmwood/Plum City squad last Tuesday, February 7, but Colfax could not pull out a win as the Wolves outscored them by seven points in the second half to win the game, 61-64.
The Colfax squad returned home Friday, February 9 to host conference co-leader Spring Valley. Unfortunately, the Vikes had a hard time finding their footing against the Cardinals, and succumbed to the Spring Valley team 68-44.
Colfax, currently 1-10 in the Dunn-St. Croix and 4-14 overall and losers of six straight, will host three of its final four games of the regular season including both of this week’s contests. The Vikings welcomed Elmwood/Plum City for a re-match February 14 and will take on Glenwood City this Friday, February 17.
The Vikings then hit the road for a non-conference game in Cadott next Monday, February 20.
Colfax’s head boys’ basketball coach Garrett Maas said the team’s poor free-throw shooting (the team was eight for 19), and some costly turnovers down the homestretch was the Vikings’ demise against the Wolves.
“We played a pretty solid first half and had a four-point lead,” Maas stated. “The game was back and forth in the second half, and we just couldn’t get over the hump.”
The Vikes were led by Jacob Larson, who scored 22 points for the game’s second-highest individual score. George Scharlau continued his strong season with 14 points earned over a pair of charity throws, a pair of threes, and a trio of two-point buckets.
Thompson continued to play well as a starter, and earned 13 points toward the team total. Other offensive contributers were Treyton Teige with six points, Adam Pretasky with four, and Luke Heidorn with two.
Elmwood/Plum City player Luke Baier rolled to a 26-point finish to lead the game in scoring.
COLFAX 61, ELMWOOD/PLUM CITY 64
Colfax………………………………34 27 — 61
Elmwood/Plum City……………30 34 — 64
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Colfax (19-8-14-61) B. Thompson 5-0-2-13, J. Larson 6-4-1-22, T. Teige 3-0-3-6, G. Scharlau 3-2-1-14, M. Reisdorf 0-0-5-0, L. Heidorn 1-0-2-2, A. Pretasky 1-2-0-4.
Elmwood/Plum City (20-10-16-64) M. Kannel 1-0-0-2, A. Ebensperger 0-1-4-1, S. Hoyt 2-0-0-13, B. Glaus 0-0-1-3, T. Maxwell 2-0-1-4, K. Heit 2-4-1-11, L. Baier 11-4-4-26, C. Hinrichs 2-0-5-4.
THREE-POINTERS C — B. Thompson 1, J. Larson 2, G. Scharlau 2; EPC — S. Hoyt 3, B. Glaus 1, K. Heit 1.
Coach Maas and the Viking boys were hoping to put up more of a fight against the Cardinals on February 9, but Rob Bosshart’s Spring Valley team was not going to make it easy.
“We played a really disciplined team last night,” Maas said the morning after the game. “We struggled to shoot the ball, and our weak side defense wasn’t up to par.”
Mass expressed the game was the first time he saw his team look truly exhausted. It certainly showed in the statistics, as the Vikings were only four for 12 from the free throw line and trailed the Cards by 19 points at halftime.
Ben Thompson put the Vikings on the board with two before 30 seconds had passed in the game, but Sean Borgerding of Spring Valley could not let that initial score go unchallenged. He dropped in a three-point shot 18 seconds later to lift the Cardinals to 3-2 over Colfax.
The Colfax squad did a nice job of maintaining a close score against Spring Valley. They trailed 8-4 at the 14:39 mark when Dylan Bosshart fired in a three-point swisher from near the right baseline to make the score 11-4.
Viking senior Jacob Larson was fouled on the way up to the glass and earned two points for the field goal before going to the line and missing his charity throw. A little over a minute later, Treyton Teige pushed in a shot for two, narrowing the gap to 11-9.
The Cardinals pushed back to an eight-point lead at 8:54, but Colfax tried to keep chipping away. The Vikes were only able to get back within seven in the first half before Spring Valley pushed out to a 14-point lead with less than three minutes left to the break.
Colfax committed several fouls in the closing minutes of the half, giving Spring Valley ample opportunity to raise its score further. The combination of fouls and multiple turnovers left the Vikes with a 41-22 score to make up after the break.
Unfortunately, things did not improve for Colfax in the final 18 minutes. The Cardinals, who seemed preternaturally aware of the ball, forced turnover after turnover and led at one point by 25 points.
Adam Pretasky tried to ignite a spark in the Vikings with a three-pointer from near the top of the key with 12:10 left to play, but that fire fizzled out after another turnover on the next possession.
Larson and Thompson earned double-digit scores against the Cardinals, with Larson scoring 13 to lead the Vikes, and Thompson picking up 11. George Scharlau sunk three field goals from close range and nailed a three-pointer for nine points, Pretasky scored three with his big shot in the second half, and Teige, Luke Heidorn, Matthew Reisdorf and Ed Hydukovich all tied with two points each.
Spring Valley senior Sean Borgerding reeled in the game’s highest individual score with 19 points.
SPRING VALLEY 68, COLFAX 44
Spring Valley………………41 27 — 68
Colfax………………………..22 22 — 44
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Spring Valley (34-19-18-68) A. Borgerding 2-3-2-7, Z. Boisen 0-4-3-10, P. Cipriano 2-4-3-8, D. Bosshart 1-2-1-10, S. Borgerding 7-2-2-19, B. Klatt 3-4-1-10, T. Kado 2-0-1-4, Z. Williams 0-0-4-0.
Colfax (34-4-17-44) B. Thompson 5-1-4-11, J. Larson 5-3-0-13, T. Teige 1-0-3-2, G. Scharlau 3-0-3-9, L. Heidorn 1-0-0-2, A. Pretasky 0-0-2-3, M. Reisdorf 1-0-4-2, E. Hydukovich 1-0-1-2.
THREE-POINTERS SV — Z. Boisen 2, D. Bosshart 2; C — G. Scharlau 1, A. Pretasky 1.