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By Amber Hayden
BLOOMER — The Lady Vikings’ basketball team was on the road last week with trips to the home courts of the Bloomer Blackhawks and the Spring Valley Cardinals.
Colfax made its way to Bloomer last Tuesday, November 27 and struggled as the team became rushed and panicked against a tough Blackhawks’ defense. The Vikings, who are ranked third in the early-season Division 4 state poll, fought throughout the game but couldn’t put the pieces together and suffered a six-point setback, 57-51, to Bloomer.
Two days later, Colfax traveled southwest to open Dunn-St. Croix conference play in Spring Valley The Vikings easily trounced the Cardinals, winning a 50-point decision 64-14.
Colfax, currently 1-0 in conference and 3-1 overall, faced another tough road test last evening when they played at rival Elk Mound. Colfax will return home Friday, December 7 to host Plum City/Elmwood.
The Colfax girls were panicked and rushed during last Tuesday evening’s road contest against the Bloomer Blackhawks.
“Most of it is my fault, I did not have them close to ready to play,” commented head coach Joe Doucette.
Senior starter Alyssa Dachel found the net for six of ten from the foul line, and a single triple before receiving her fifth foul of the game.
The Vikings had issues with their effort on the offensive boards and turned the ball over 27 times, said Doucette.
Bloomer was led by Sierra Raine who dominated inside with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
Savannah Henricks made her season debut against Bloomer and found the net for three triples and a single foul shot to finish with ten points.
“A positive was we played harder in the second half and showed some fight, and had a few chances to take the lead or tie,” Doucette said.
Kameri Meredith was strong on offense once again for Colfax. She made four field goals including a three and sank six of her eight charity tosses to end the game with a team-high 15 points. Meredith was also tops in rebounds with 11 and two blocks.
Bloomer managed to get the ball each time it was loose, Doucette explained, many times when the game was on the line. Bloomer’s lead was 32-23 at the intermission
Colfax played better in the second half, outscoring its host 28-25 but it wasn’t enough for the victory.
“I thought we would play much better,” coach Doucette stated. “But hopefully we can learn and grow from our mistakes.”
COLFAX 51, BLOOMER 57
Colfax…….……..……………….23 28 – 51
Bloomer…………………………..32 25 – 57
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax— A. Dachel 1-6-5-11, M. Schleusner 1-1-4-3, J. Bowe 0-1-1-4, K. Meredith 3-6-4-15, S. Henricks 0-1-3-10, A. Olson 0-0-1-3, R. Scharlau 0-2-3-2, M. Barstad 0-1-0-1, E. Hurlburt 0-2-3-2
Bloomer— E. Kramschuster 2-2-4-12, V. Jenneman 1-4-3-9, E. Seibel 0-3-0-9, I. Jenneman 1-3-4-5, S. Raine 8-4-3-20, L. Fossum 1-0-1-2.
THREE-POINTERS C— A. Dachel 1, J. Bowe 1, K. Meredith 1, S. Henricks 3, A. Olson 1; B— E. Kramschuster 2, V. Jenneman 1, E. Seibel 2.
After getting the nerves settled, Colfax was back on the road to Spring Valley last Thursday evening, November 29, to take on the Cardinals.
“It was great to play again, I think most everyone was disappointed how we played against Bloomer,” stated coach Doucette. “Tonight we were much better, we had a ton of energy and hustle.
Spring Valley is a well-coached team and they try hard, said Doucette, but like every team the Cardinals have weaknesses that the Lady Vikings were able to expose.
Rachel Scharlau, forward, was hot off the bench putting up 11 points against Spring Valley. Scharlau was three of five from the foul line with four doubles, and led the Vikings in points.
Colfax played 15 of their players throughout the two halves with a dozen of the Lady Vikes getting points.
“I really think the way we played tonight would work against anybody, but we will have to see,” Doucette explained. “We really moved the ball, we still had too many turnovers. But we were much better rebounding.”
A majority of points came from Colfax’s bench as each player was buzzed in for their shot at some varsity playing time.
Colfax lead 31 to four after the first half and tacked on another 33 points in the second half.
Saville Wilson and Jayna Bowe put up 16 points between the pair, Bowe hit the backboard for two triples and Wilson was one of two from the foul line.
The first group of players set the tone for the everyone, said Doucette, which is a big key as well as can the bench play in key times and tight situations.
Alyssa Dachel and Savannah Henricks played strong and made two triples a piece and put in a combined 14 points.
“We need to improve, we have kids who let up and defer to others when it gets tough and that’s something we must fix,” Doucette stated.
COLFAX 64, SPRING VALLEY 14
Colfax…….……..………………31 34 – 64
Spring Valley..…………………..4 10 – 14
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax — A. Dachel 0-0-2-6, M. Schleusner 0-2-1-2, J. Bowe 0-2-1-8, K. Meredith 2-2-4-6, S. Henricks 1-0-2-8, A. Olson 0-0-2-3, R. Scharlau 4-3-0-11, M. Barstad 1-1-1-3, E. Hurlburt 2-1-2-5, A. Olson 0-0-0-3, B. Bradford 0-1-0-1, S. Wilson 2-1-0-8
Spring Valley — S. Bune 2-0-3-4, M. Olson 0-1-1-1, J. Ortner 2-0-2-4, M. Rustad 0-3-1-3, L. Stark 0-2-1-2
THREE-POINTERS C— A. Dachel 2, J. Bowe 2, S. Henricks 2, A. Olson 1, A. Olson 1.