By Cara L. Dempski
COLFAX — The Vikings’ head girls’ basketball coach Joe Doucette was a bit worried earlier this year about his team’s performance on the court.
Doucette knew then his team had the talent to run with some of the area’s top squads, but he admitted he was having a hard time drawing it out of the girls.
With last week’s performances against Ladysmith and Elmwood/Plum City, it appears he no longer has any question about what kind of team he has on his hands.
The Colfax girls opened the week on January 30 with a home matchup against non-conference foe Ladysmith, and walked away with a 61-26 win. The Vikings remained at home on February 1, but this time the opponent was the Dunn-St. Croix’s Wolf pack from Elmwood/Plum City.
[emember_protected] The Wolves may be a big, physical team, but those two traits did not seem to pose a challenge for the Colfax squad, who rolled over Elmwood/Plum City for a 67-36 win. The victory extended the Vikings’ winning streak to eight, and the team has not lost a contest since the January 2 non-conference contest against Bloomer.
The Lady Vikings have lost just four games this season, while winning 13; they are tied with Durand, at 10-1, atop the D-SC. Colfax was scheduled for a February 6 road trip to Glenwood City, and will head to Mondovi this Friday, February 9.
The team hosts Eau Claire Regis February 12, and finishes out the regular season on Thursday, February 15 by welcoming Durand to Colfax High School to settle the matter of the conference championship before regional play starts Tuesday, February 20.
Observation of Colfax head coach Joe Doucette leads can lead to many conclusions, but what most people seem to notice is his “even keel” personality.
So, it is kind of a big deal when he admits he is pleased by what he is seeing when his team steps onto the court.
“We are extremely excited to be in the conference race and playing big games,” he said in his game comments following the Vikings’ 61-26 smack down of Ladysmith last week. “It is a lot of fun when games mean a lot.”
While Doucette is encouraged by what he sees in his team, he is a little scared at the same time, because he feels his staff is just scratching the surface of the talent his team possesses.
The Colfax helmsman appears to have let some of his younger, less experienced players get some floor time against the Lumberjacks after the Vikings carried a 38-15 lead into intermission. The home squad logged another 23 points in the second half, but the Ladysmith girls put together only 11 more to give Colfax the win.
Emma Hurlburt nabbed a double-double on scoring and rebounds in the match, adding 15 points to her team’s total. Alyssa Dachel put up another 10, Kameri Meredith and Savannah Henricks each scored nine, Josie Steinke nailed a pair of threes, Morgan Schleusner and Rachel Scharlau recorded four points apiece, Marissa Harmon chalked up three, and Addy Olson added one.
Brooke Wiles picked up the Lumberjacks’ highest score with six points.
LADYSMITH 26, COLFAX 61
Ladysmith…………………………15 11 — 26
Colfax………………………………38 23 — 61
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Ladysmith (8-8-6-26) — Bri. Wiles 1-1-0-4, F. Meltz 0-0-1-0, R. Englehardt 1-1-2-3, C. Rogers 0-0-2-0, E. Dieckman 1-2-0-4, Bro. Wiles 2-2-0-6, E. Egle 2-0-1-5, S. Beres 0-2-0-2, K. Vacho 1-0-0-2.
Colfax (24-5-10-61) — A. Dachel 4-0-1-10, M. Schleusner 2-0-0-4, K. Meredith 3-3-0-9, S. Henricks 3-0-3-9, J. Steinke 2-0-0-6, A. Olson 0-1-2-1, M. Harmon 1-0-1-3, R. Scharlau 2-0-3-4, E. Hurlburt 7-1-0-15.
L — Bri. Wiles 1, E. Egle 1; C — A. Dachel 2, S. Henricks 3, J. Steinke 2, M. Harmon 1.
Glenwood City, is 3-8, Mondovi is 7-4, Regis is 11-1, and Durand is 9-1.
The Vikings play the Hilltoppers February 6, the Buffaloes February 9, the Ramblers February 12, and Panthers February 15.
Four big games, with progressively stronger opponents until everything reaches a head on the 15th, when Colfax and Durand are likely to duke it out for the Dunn-St. Croix Championship.
Joe Doucette was right when he said every game between Colfax’s 67-36 home win over Elmwood/Plum City February 1and the tournament season was a big one.
The Vikings held a 39-18 lead over the Wolves at halftime last Thursday, and tacked up another 28 points in the second half. In contrast, the Elmwood/Plum City girls matched their first half effort in the final 18 minutes with another 18 points.
Kameri Meredith and Savannah Henricks packed a one-two punch in the contest, scoring 19 points and 18 points respectively. Alyssa Dachel added 12 points, Rachel Scharlau tacked up seven, Josie Steinke logged six, Saville Wilson nailed a three-point shot, and Marissa Harmon scored two.
Elmwood/Plum City’s Rowan Rupakus scored 13 to lead the Wolves.
ELMWOOD/PLUM CITY 36, COLFAX 67
Elmwood/Plum City…..……..18 18 — 36
Colfax…………..………………….39 28 — 67
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Elmwood/Plum City (15-1-10-36) — A. Peterson 2-0-1-5, J. Martin 0-0-1-0, K. Feuker 2-0-3-4, T. Whipple 1-0-2-3, R. Rupakus 5-0-2-13, L. Diesing 4-1-0-9, H. Feuker 1-0-1-2.
Colfax (27-3-7-67) — A. Dachel 5-0-0-12, K. Meredith 8-2-2-19, S. Henricks 7-0-1-18, J. Steinke 2-0-1-6, A. Olson 0-0-2-0, S. Wilson 1-0-0-3, M. Harmon 1-0-1-2, R. Scharlau 3-1-0-7.
EPC — A. Peterson 1, T. Whipple 1, R. Rupakus 3; C — A Dachel 2, K. Meredith 1, S. Henricks 4, J. Steinke 2, S. Wilson 1. [/emember_protected]