By Cara L. Dempski
COLFAX — This was not the first time this season the Colfax girls have been forced to wait to play a big game, but it was perhaps the most nerve-wracking.
The Vikings’ head girls’ basketball coach, Joe Doucette, chuckled when he was asked if the team had any jitters after being forced to wait an extra day to play its first regional contest. The game, originally scheduled for February 24, was postponed to the afternoon of February 25 after a storm dumped upwards of a foot of snow on the region.
“It was hard, our kids really wanted to play,” Doucette laughed. “You just want to get it (the game) done, but you don’t want anyone to get hurt either.”
The wait did not appear to significantly impact the Lady Vikings, who came away from the game with a 63-36 win and got a chance to take a crack at the Ramblers at Eau Claire Regis on Monday evening, February 27 for the WIAA Division 4 regional championship.
Colfax was happy for the win and opportunity to move on. Doucette acknowledged the victory came easier because Mondovi was without its best player, Hayley Poeschel, but said the Vikings’ would likely have been fine against the Buffaloes if she had been playing.
Savannah Henricks, who Doucette named as being a major offensive contributor to the game, was the first Viking to score, hitting a pair of field goals in the game’s early minutes to push the Colfax squad to a 4-0 lead. Ally Heidorn contributed a charity throw to give the Vikings a five-point lead just before Mondovi’s Morgan Rud put the Buffs on the board with two at 13:28.
It was the last time the Lady Buffaloes would score for eight minutes, as Colfax went on a 20-point run to make the score 25-2 with 5:25 left to play in the opening half. The Buffs managed to squeeze in a few more baskets before they headed to the locker room on the low end of a 31-7 score.
The Vikings reeled in another 32 points in the second to end the game with 63, while the Buffaloes more than quadrupled their first half scoring with another 29 points.
Henricks led the balanced scoring effort for Colfax, reeling in 13 points. Sophomore Alyssa Dachel contributed nine points. Ally Heidorn put in eight, Jayna Bowe earned seven, and Hannah Sykora, Taylor Irwin and Emma Hurlburt tied with six.
Morgan Schleusner, Kameri Meredith, Bryana Buchanan and Hailey Prince rounded out the Vikings’ final score with two points each.
Rian Evans scored 16 points for the Lady Buffaloes.
A win by the Colfax squad, ranked third in the lower half bracket of the Chippewa Falls, over the second-seeded Regis Ramber in the February 27 contest would earn the Vikings a berth in this Thursday’s sectional semifinal contest at Altoona versus the winner of the Durand (#1) and Osseo-Fairchild (#4) regional title game. Colfax and Regis have met already this season with the Ramblers winning the tightly contested December 22 match-up, 41-36.
Results of the February 27 match-up will appear in the March 8 edition of this publication.
MONDOVI 36, COLFAX 63
Mondovi…………………………….7 29 — 36
Colfax………………………………31 32 — 63
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Mondovi (8-2-12-36) C. Buchholz 0-0-1-0, S. Wulff 0-0-2-0, S. Ede 0-0-2-0, R. Evans. 0-1-0-16, E. Flaskrud 2-0-3-7, M. Rud 2-0-3-4, M. Lund 4-1-2-9.
Colfax (20-8-6-63) A. Dachel 0-0-0-9, M. Schleusner 1-0-0-2, A. Heidorn 2-1-1-8, K. Meredith 0-2-1-2, S. Henricks 6-1-0-13, T. Irwin 2-2-1-6, B. Buchanan 1-0-0-2, J. Bowe 1-2-0-7, H. Prince 1-0-1-2, R. Scharlau 0-0-1-0, E. Hurlburt 3-0-1-6.
THREE-POINTER M — R. Evans 5, E. Flaskrud; C — A. Dachel 3, A. Heidorn 1, J. Bowe 1.