By Cara L. Dempski
JUNEAU — The weather may have been unbearably cold, but that did not stop Colfax head coach Joe Doucette and the Lady Vikings from generating their own heat last week.
Doucette and the Colfax ladies headed to Juneau, WI for the 2017 Dodgeland Classic holiday tournament, and walked away from their December 27 matchup with the Oakfield Lady Oaks on top of a 59-38 win.
[emember_protected] The Vikings followed up the next day with a 50-16 smackdown of the Dodgeland Trojans before heading home.
Colfax returned to its home court Tuesday, January 2 to kick off 2018 with a non-conference contest against Bloomer before hosting conference foe Glenwood City on Thursday, January 4. The Lady Vikings are at home again January 9 against Mondovi before they head to Durand January 12.
The team has a 5-3 record overall, and is 2-1 in the Dunn-St. Croix.
Coach Doucette admitted he and the Lady Vikings had fun at the Dodgeland tournament, and he was pleasantly surprised by how welcome everyone made the squad feel. He said his main goal was to work hard and impress people.
Well, he got his wish.
The Vikings held the Oaks to just four points in the opening 18 minutes while chalking up 26 points of their own. To Oakfield’s credit, the team found its stride in the second half, scoring 34 points to narrow Colfax’s lead to 21 points.
In the end, the Lady Vikings copped a 59-38 win for the first day of the tournament.
“Oakfield was athletic, and we got off to a great start,” Doucette said. “We were disappointed to see the girls relax too much in the second half, and after only two turnovers in the first half, we had a bunch in the second half.”
Still, it was an opportunity for the Vikings to play off its bench to give younger, less experienced players some time on the court.
Sophomore Morgan Schleusner led the group with 14 points, while Kameri Meredith tacked up another 10. Emma Hurlburt used her height to good effect, getting over the heads of defenders to score eight. Jayna Bowe picked up seven points, Marissa Harmon scored six, Savannah Henricks put up five, Josie Steinke logged four, Alyssa Dachel was good for a three-pointer, and Rachel Scharlau recorded two.
Oakfield’s Brianna Sabel was the game’s highest-scoring player with 22 points.
COLFAX 59, OAKFIELD 38
Oakfield……………………………..4 34 — 38
Colfax………………………………26 33 — 59
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Oakfield (13-10-13-38) — B. Sabel 6-10-2-22, M. Ryan 3-0-4-8, A. Uttenderfer 0-0-1-0, M. Laning 0-0-1-0, O. Holz 1-0-3-2, A. Flury 3-0-2-6.
Colfax (18-15-18-59) — A. Dachel 1-0-4-3, M. Schleusner 4-5-2-14, J. Bowe 2-2-1-7, K. Meredith 2-5-2-10, S. Henricks 1-2-0-5, J. Steinke 1-1-1-4, A. Olson 0-0-4-0, M. Harmon 2-0-1-6, R. Scharlau 1-0-2-2, E. Hurlburt 4-0-1-8.
O — M. Ryan 2; C — A. Dachel 1, M. Schleusner 1, J. Bowe 1, K. Meredith 1, S. Henricks 1, J. Steinke 1, M. Harmon 2.
Doucette said the December 28 game against Dodgeland’s Lady Trojans started very differently than the game against Oakfield.
“We struggled early and got better as the game went,” he explained. “Early we could not make a shot, but our intensity picked up.”
Granted, the contest seemed an easy one in the end for the Vikings, who won handily with a score of 50-16.
Meredith emerged as the star of the Dodgeland contest according to the Viking coach. The sophomore put together 17 points after shooting well both inside and outside the arc and going three for three from the line.
Hurlburt reeled in 11 points, Scharlau chalked up eight, Dachel put up four, Schleusner added three, and Bowe, Henricks and Addy Olson each had two points in the contest. Steinke added one more point from the line to make the total an even 50.
The Trojan’s leading scorer was Payton Hendrickson, who picked up five in the game.
COLFAX 50, DODGELAND 16
Colfax………………………………20 30 — 50
Dodgeland…………………………11 5 — 16
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Colfax (20-7-19-50) — A. Dachel 1-2-2-4, M. Schleusner 1-1-1-3, J. Bowe 1-0-1-2, K. Meredith 6-3-4-17, S. Henricks 1-0-2-2, J. Steinke 0-1-0-1, A. Olson 1-0-1-2, S. Wilson 0-0-1-0, M. Harmon 0-0-2-0, R. Scharlau 4-0-2-8, E. Hurlburt 5-0-3-11.
Dodgeland (5-6-13-16) — M. Schreier 0-0-1-0, J. Holtz 1-0-1-2, M. Benzing 0-0-4-0, P. Hendrickson 0-5-4-5, B. Cramer 1-1-1-3, K. Loomis 2-0-1-4, J. Johnson 1-0-1-2.
C — K. Meredith 2, E. Hurlburt 1. [/emember_protected]