By Cara L. Dempski
COLFAX — The Vikings’ head girls’ basketball coach knows talent when he sees it.
So, when the venerable Colfax veteran of the hardwood, and recent Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee, says he and his coaching staff do not think they have seen the Vikings’ best ball yet, it can be treated as practically gospel.
[emember_protected] And that is really saying something, considering the Lady Vikings knocked off conference Rivals Durand earlier this month before hitting their home court to blow past the Boyceville Bulldogs 49-16 last Thursday, January 18.
“I thought we moved the ball real well early,” Doucette said to start his after-game comments. “We got to play a lot of kids and give those top kids some rest.”
The Colfax coach said he saw a lot of good things on the court against the Lady Bulldogs last Thursday night, and indicated he is happy to be on a little winning streak. Still, he noted the team’s ultimate goal is to always be improving.
The Lady Vikings went on a 12-0 run to open the game, which Boyceville’s Rachel Prestrud stopped with a field goal at 12:51 to give the Bulldogs their first two points. While the Boyceville ladies provided a better defensive game overall, they could reel in just seven points in the first half.
Meanwhile, Colfax made use of its fast start, playing hard in the first half. The game’s highest-scoring player, Savannah Henricks, picked up all 17 of her points in the first 18 minutes, while Kameri Meredith put together 14 after nailing a pair of threes and a two-point shot in the first half.
The Bulldogs fought harder in the second half, coming up with another nine points, but while Colfax looked more relaxed, the team still tacked up another 15 in the final half of the game.
Henricks and Meredith led the team in scoring, but Emma Hurlburt picked up seven points, Rachel Scharlau provided four, Alyssa Dachel, Saville Wilson and Addisyn Olson provided two apiece, and Morgan Schleusner hit the front end of a two-shot trip to the line in the first half.
Prestrud was the Bulldogs’ leading player with seven points.
Colfax now has a 10-4 record overall and shares the Dunn-St. Croix lead Durand, with both teams sporting 7-1 records. The Vikings headed to Spring Valley January 23, and will play at Elk Mound January 26. The team is scheduled for a non-conference contest versus Ladysmith January 30.
BOYCEVILLE 16, COLFAX 49
Boyceville…………………………7 9 — 16
Colfax……………………………33 16 — 49
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Boyceville (6-2-13-16) — R. Prestrud 3-0-2-7, E. Ouellette 1-1-2-3, A. Bloom 1-1-3-3, T. Kostman 0-0-2-0, T. Grambow 0-0-4-0, A. Evenson 1-0-0-3.
Colfax (18-9-12-49) — A. Dachel 1-0-2-2, M. Schleusner 0-1-2-1, K. Meredith 5-2-3-14, S. Henricks 7-1-1-17, S. Wilson 1-0-1-2, R. Scharlau 2-0-1-4, E. Hurlburt 2-3-0-7, Addy Olson 0-0-2-0, Addysin Olson 0-2-0-2.
B — R. Prestrud 1, A Evenson 1; C — K. Meredith 2, S. Henricks 2. [/emember_protected]