By Cara L. Dempski
Most coaches aim to have their teams playing their best basketball by this time each season.
After all, with girls’ regional play starting next Tuesday evening, one would hope area teams are playing with fire and energy as they head into the tournament season.
[emember_protected] So, you can hardly blame Joe Doucette for being a little worried when his Lady Vikings were less than feisty to kick things off last week in Glenwood City. While Colfax eventually copped a 63-42 win over the Hilltoppers, the February 6 game got off to a rocky start.
The Colfax coach said during his post-game comments that the Vikings would need to be a little more consistent at Mondovi Friday, February 9. The team put together a stronger game than earlier in the week to best the Lady Buffaloes 50-31.
With the last week of the regular season at hand, the Colfax girls hosted Eau Claire Regis Monday evening, February 12, and are poised to fight for the Dunn-St. Croix championship on their home court February 16 against Durand. The Vikings and Panthers currently share first place with 12-1 records.
The Lady Vikings are seeded second in their regional of the girls’ WIAA Division 4 River Falls’ sectional and have a first-round bye. They will take on the winner of the matchup between seventh-seeded Ladysmith and 10th-seeded Webster February 23 at home.
Doucette clarified he is very happy his team remains in first place with Durand, but knows the Colfax girls still have one more conference battle to get through before facing the Panthers later this week.
The team he saw on the court at Glenwood City February 6 caused some concerns.
“We just kind of showed up with not a lot of energy,” he said to open his post-game comments. “Tonight, a couple kids were ready to go, a couple kids weren’t. We definitely talked about that.”
While the veteran coach was pleased with how his team rectified things via a double-digit run to start the second half, he also admitted the Vikings have learned the hard way this season what playing in spurts can do.
“We’ll have to play better on Friday than we did tonight,” he finished.
The box score indicates exactly what Doucette described: some players who were on fire, and others who seemed to smolder. Kameri Meredith led the team with 20 points, while Josie Steinke reeled in 12 and Savannah Henricks put up 10.
Morgan Schleusner tacked up seven points, and Alyssa Dachel scored six, Rachel Scharlau picked up four, and Saville Wilson and Addisyn Olson scored two apiece.
Glenwood City’s Mariah Voeltz and Makiah Schutz scored 11 each to lead the Hilltoppers.
COLFAX 63, GLENWOOD CITY 42
Colfax………………………….27 36 — 63
Glenwood City………………..17 25 — 42
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Colfax (21-12-18-63) — A. Dachel 2-0-1-6, M. Schleusner 1-5-2-7, K. Meredith 7-5-2-20, S. Henricks 3-1-1-10, J. Steinke 4-1-3-12, S. Wilson 1-0-1-2, R. Scharlau 2-0-3-4, Addy Olson 0-0-4-0, Addisyn Olson 1-0-1-2.
Glenwood City (15-10-15-42) — J. Klinger 1-0-2-2, M. Voeltz 5-0-1-11, D. Quinn 2-3-2-8, H. Strehlo 1-4-1-6, A. Curvello 0-0-3-0, O. Scalze 0-0-3-0, D. Fayerweather 1-1-0-3, M. Schutz 5-1-0-11, C. Lawson 0-1-1-1, E. Hill 0-0-2-0.
C — A. Dachel 2, K. Meredith 1, S. Henricks 3, J. Steinke 3; GC — M. Voeltz 1, D. Quinn 1.
Doucette said the Mondovi ladies were a much better team February 9 than they were for the previous meeting at Colfax January 9.
During that contest, the Lady Vikings ended the game with a 58-34 lead. The Lady Buffaloes stayed closer to the Colfax girls this time around, but still could not get past them.
And that is even with the Vikings losing the defensive talents of Morgan Schleusner late in the game due to a rolled ankle. The Colfax coach said she held down the D-SC’s leading scorer, Haley Poeschel, very well until the injury.
Doucette also noted Emma Hurlburt’s return from injury, and said she had a solid performance, along with Scharlau and Meredith, on the inside.
The Vikings carried a 10-point lead into halftime, and then tacked up 25 more points in the second half while holding the Mondovi girls to just 16 points for the win.
Colfax found junior Alyssa Dachel at key times, and the guard came through for the team, sinking five of six three-point attempts to lead the team with 15 points.
Scharlau contributed with 10 points, Meredith with nine, Henricks with eight, Hurlburt with four, and Addy Olson and Addisyn Olson added two more apiece.
Poeschel was limited to just five points for Mondovi, while Buffalo Rian Evans picked up 14 points to lead the team.
COLFAX 50, MONDOVI 31
Colfax………………………………25 25 — 50
Mondovi…………………………..15 16 — 31
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Colfax (21-3-12-50) — A. Dachel 5-0-4-15, M. Schleusner 0-0-1-0, K. Meredith 4-1-1-9, S. Henricks 3-2-2-8, R. Scharlau 5-0-0-10, E. Hurlburt 2-0-1-4, Addy Olson 1-0-3-2, Addisyn Olson 1-0-0-2.
Mondovi (10-7-12-31) — C. Buchholz 0-0-1-0, H. Poeschel 2-1-2-5, M. Rud 3-2-0-10, S. Ede 0-0-3-0, R. Evans 5-2-2-14, M. Akina 0-0-1-0, E. Flaskrud 0-2-3-2.
C — A. Dachel 5; M — M. Rud 2, R. Evans 2. [/emember_protected]