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COLFAX — Colfax’s girls returned to the basketball court last Thursday evening hosting the Mondovi Buffaloes in a Dunn-St. Croix contest to ring in the new year.
The Lady Vikings, who led by 20 points or more throughout much of the game, won an easy 54-30 victory over the Buffaloes.
With the victory, Colfax improved to 8-2 overall on the season and 5-0 in the Dunn-St. Croix as the Vikings kept pace with fellow co-leader Durand who pummeled Boyceville 70-30 that same evening.
The outcomes set the stage for last evening’s, January 8, clash of conference leaders and Division 4 state powers when the eighth-ranked Vikings hosted the third-ranked Panthers. Colfax will then remain home on Friday, January 11 to host the Boyceville Bulldogs.
“They (Durand) get after you on both ends and force you to defend, rebound and be strong with the ball,” Doucette said. “Our guard play and overall ability to handle pressure will be huge, our bench has looked good at times and how they play will be a huge factor against a deep Durand team.”
Despite its looming showdown against unbeaten Durand, Colfax was able to keep its focus squarely on Mondovi in the pair’s January 3 match up.
“I thought we got off to a great start, we moved the ball pretty well and defended,” said Vikings head coach Joe Doucette. “I thought our first five was very good early, from there we lost a little intensity and rhythm but again we were able to play a lot of kids.”
Kameri Meredith was a big factor against Mondovi, she was able to move the ball well and get around the defenders to create scoring opportunities. Meredith put up the first points for Colfax with a double with a minute and a half ticked off the game clock which ignited an early 24-point Vikings’ run.
Meredith went on to finish the game with 18 points to lead the Vikings and all scorers.
Although Mondovi answered back quickly with a lay-up from senior Rian Evans, Colfax went on its dominate run of 24 points off baskets from Kameri Meredith, Alyssa Dachel, Saville Wilson, Emma Hurlburt and Rachel Scharlau.
“I thought Kameri Meredith was very good and Rachel Scharlau was great inside for us,” Doucette explained. “From there we had a lot of people do good things in limited minutes.”
Defensively the Vikings found strength in Rachel Scharlau as she found the ball for the rebound and a pair of steals against Mondovi players. Scharlau connected with teammates on the inside to hit the glass for 12 points.
Senior Alyssa Dachel struggled most of Thursday evening’s game as she was well defended by Ella Poeschel of Mondovi causing Dachel to rely on her skills of hitting the net from outside the paint. Dachel netted two triples in the first half and a single triple in the second for a total of nine points.
“I give Mondovi a lot of credit, we jumped on them and they did not quit,” Doucette stated. “They battled and outplayed us at times.”
Colfax also outscored Mondovi in the second half, 26-18, en route to the 24-point victory.
Adding to the Vikings’ points total were Morgan Schleusner with a triple and double for five points, Maddy Barstad also had a triple, Emma Hurlburt and Saville Wilson each contributed two points a piece and Addisyn Olson was one-of-two from the charity stripe.
COLFAX 54, MONDOVI 30
Colfax……..………………28 26 – 54
Mondovi……………………12 18 – 30
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax— A. Dachel 3-0-1-9, M. Schleusner 2-0-2-5, K. Meredith 7-3-0-18, J. Steinke 1-0-1-2, S. Wilson 1-0-2-2, A. Olson 0-1-1-1, R. Scharlau 5-2-0-12, M. Barstad 1-0-2-3, E. Hurlburt 1-0-4-2.
Mondovi— E. Poeschel 2-0-2-5, M. Rud 1-2-1-5, C. Barr 1-2-1-4, R. Evans 2-0-1-5, A. Fedie 0-2-1-2, J. Hulke 1-0-4-2, M. Clark 1-4-2-7.
THREE-POINTERS C— A. Dachel 3, M. Schleusner 1, K. Meredith 1, M. Barstad 1; M— E.