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By Amber Hayden
COLFAX — What was suppose to be a two-game week for the Colfax girls’ basketball team turned into just a one thanks to Mother Nature.
Last Monday’s freezing rain which caused icy conditions and potentially hazardous road travel postponed the Lady Vikings road contest against Cloverbelt West leader Eau Claire Regis leaving the Dunn-St. Croix leaders with just a single contest – a Thursday evening home conference contest with second-to-last place Spring Valley.
Colfax’s start was nearly as cold as the outdoor temperature in the January 17 girls’ basketball game but the Vikings eventually warmed up, hitting 11 three-point shots to pluck the Cardinals’ hopes with a 72-33 triumph.
The win kept Vikings perfect in D-SC play as they moved to 8-0 and 11-2 overall. Colfax also moved up a spot in the most recent Division 4 state rankings, going from eighth to seventh with its big victory over the previously unbeaten and third-ranked Durand Panthers who fell to eighth in the polling.
“It took us a while to get going, early we looked rushed on offense and slow on defense,” said Vikings head coach Joe Doucette. “We fouled a lot and did not help each other.”
But thankfully for the Vikings, it didn’t take long for them to score the first points of the evening, when Kameri Meredith made her way to the line and hit a foul shot to put Colfax on the board 1-0.
Meredith finished her evening leading Colfax for the third straight game with 19 points as she hit the nets for seven doubles, a trey, and was two-of-five from the line against the Cardinals.
The first half was messy for the Vikings as they sent Spring Valley to the foul line for 19 shots, said Doucette, 11 of which went sailing through the net as the visiting Cardinals trailed 37-20 at the break. But in the second half, Colfax cleaned up on defense as they had only three fouls to Spring Valley’s ten.
“We were much better defensively in the second half we were in a better stance,” Doucette explained. “We communicated better and moved our feet.”
In the first half, the Vikings connected from outside the arc for seven of their 11 triples. Alyssa Dachel, Josie Steinke and Saville Wilson each had a pair of those treys while Kameri Meredith tallied one.
Steinke, who scored six, and Wilson, who finished with nine which included another three in the second half, were strong from the outside in their minutes played.
“Saville Wilson and Josie Steinke shot the ball well for us off the bench and that was a big key,” stated Vikings coach Doucette. “Our first group was much better in the second half and really ran the floor and moved the ball better than they did early.”
Dachel tallied 11 points in last Thursday’s win over Spring Valley and Rachel Scharlau and Emma Hurlburt work inside for ten and seven points respectively.
The ability to move the ball on offense helped the Vikings to get the ball underneath to Emma Hurlburt and Rachel Scharlau.
Colfax outscored Spring Valley 35-13 in the final 18 minute period.
“The key for us is to keep improving, I do not think we have seen our best basketball,” Doucette stated. “We have a huge stretch coming up with the makeup we have four games in six days, we will need everyone in that stretch.”
Adding to the points for Colfax were teammates Madison Barstad and Jayna Bowe with four points a piece and Morgan Schleusner, who went two-of-two from the foul line.
This week will be a busy and challenging on for the Vikings who will play four games in seven days.
Colfax got it started last evening, Tuesday, January 22, when it hosted rival Elk Mound the schools’ second regular-season meeting. The Vikings won the first contest by five points on the Mounders’ home floor. The Lady Vikings will then make up its game with the Ramblers tomorrow, Thursday, January 24, at Regis High School in Eau Claire before traveling to Plum City the next night (Friday, January 25) for a conference tilt with the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves. Finally, next Monday, January 28, Colfax will host the Clear Lake Warriors in another non-conference game.
COLFAX 72, SPRING VALLEY 33
Colfax……..……………… 37 35 – 72
Spring Valley….….….……. 31 26 – 57
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax— A. Dachel 3-2-1-11, M. Schleusner 0-2-3-2, J. Bowe 1-1-1-4, K. Meredith 8-2-2-19, J. Steinke 2-0-0-6, S. Wilson 3-0-2-9, R. Scharlau 4-1-0-10, M. Barstad 1-2-2-4, E. Hurlburt 3-1-1-7.
Spring Valley— K. Hybben 1-0-0-2, S. Bune 1-7-3-9, E. Stans 1-2-2-5, M. Olson 2-0-4-5, B. Schreiber 2-1-1-5, L. Johensen 3-1-4-7.
C— A. Dachel 3, J. Bowe 1, K. Meredith 1, J. Steinke 2, S. Wilson 3, R. Scharlau 1;
SV— E. Stans 1, M. Olson 1.