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By Amber Hayden
COLFAX — Four days off from school and without practice seemed to have little impact on the Colfax girls’ basketball squad, when the Vikings played host to Glenwood City in the opening contest of the girls and boys doubleheader last Friday.
The Lady Vikings scored 45 first-half points to build a large 31-point halftime lead against the Hilltoppers in their February 1 contest and finished with ten, three-pointers including six in the second half en route to a convincing 79-22 home-court win.
Colfax held Glenwood City to only eight points in the second half of play.
“Just great to play again, it was a long stretch without getting together,” said Vikings’ head coach Joe Doucette. “I thought we played very well, we moved the ball well and had a ton of assists.”
A whopping 11 Vikings’ players got into the scorebook with three of them finishing in double digits. Starters Kameri Meredith and Alyssa Dachel tallied 19 and 11 points respectively while freshman Madison Barstad came off the bench to add 13 points. Dachel had three triples while Meredith and Barstad each added a pair.
The Vikings night began when Emma Hurlburt made her way underneath for the first two points of the game with just 11 seconds off the clock. Hurlburt went on to finish her evening with eight points, six of which came in the first half.
That began a 12-0 run for Colfax, one of many the Vikings strung together in last Friday’s game, that lasted four minutes until Glenwood City’s Hanna Strehlo went and sank two fouls shots for her only points of the game.
In the first 18 minutes of play, the Vikings put up 45 points against the Toppers who seemed to struggle against a tough Colfax defense and its unstoppable offense. Glenwood City continued to battle all evening against Colfax but the Toppers had too many errant passes and couldn’t get their shots to fall.
Kameri Meredith led the way for the Vikings with 11 of her game-leading 19 points coming in the first half. Despite missing three of her first four shots from outside the arc, Alyssa Dachel ended up netting all three of her triples in the first half.
“I think Kameri is ready to take off again and really elevate her game like she did last year,” said Doucette. “And when Alyssa makes shots we always seem to win.”
For the Vikings and coach Doucette, the one player he believes has a bright future for Colfax is freshmen Madison Barstad. Barstad played in both halves Friday evening and earned a career and season high point total with 13, she was on point from inside the paint and from outside the arc as she put up three doubles, two triples and a single foul shot.
Savannah Henricks chipped in for six points and Marissa Harmon finished with five.
The mercy rule kicked in nine minutes into the second half as the clock, with the exception of time outs, ran continuously as Colfax put in another 34 points in the final half of play.
“Some of the numbers I really like is we were over 20 assists and over 20 offensive rebounds,” explained Doucette. “It means we are moving the ball and chasing down some misses.”
Rachel Scharlau and Jayna Bowe each had five points for the Vikings. Addisyn Olson added to the Colfax scoring with two foul shots, Rachel Knutson sank a single triple and Morgan Schleusner added in a double of her own.
“With us it all starts with our commitment to defend, rebound and play for each other. If we can do that every night we will be very good,” Doucette stated.
With the win, the Vikings stayed unbeaten and atop the Dunn-St. Croix girls’ basketball standing with a 11-0 record. Colfax, who slipped into a tie for tenth with Milwaukee Academy of Science in the latest Division 4 state poll following its recent loss to ninth-ranked Regis, is 14-3 overall.
Colfax traveled to Mondovi last evening, Tuesday, February 5, to take on the Buffaloes and will be in Durand this Friday, February 8 for a heated rematch with the Panthers that will determine whether Vikings will hold on to sole possession of first in the Dunn-St. Croix conference or share it with Durand. In the Vikings and Panthers last meeting, Colfax took a win and sole ownership of the conference lead by a score of 69-57.
The girls will then have a busy start to next week with a pair of non-conference games. The Vikings travel to Ladysmith next Monday, February 11 and return home to host Clear Lake in a 5:45 p.m. game the following day, Tuesday, February 12 prior to the boys’ game at home against Mondovi. Colfax will then wrap up conference and regular season action in Boyceville on Thursday, February 14.
COLFAX 79, GLENWOOD CITY 22
Colfax….….….….…..…….45 34 – 79
Glenwood City….….….……14 8 – 22
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax — A. Dachel 4-0-0-11, M. Schleusner 1-0-0-2, J. Bowe 2-0-2-5, K. Meredith 8-1-2-19, S. Henricks 3-0-0-6, R. Knutson 1-0-0-3, M. Harmon 2-0-1-5, A. Olson 0-2-0-2, R. Scharlau 2-1-1-5, M. Barstad 5-1-2-13, E. Hurlburt 3-2-2-8.
Glenwood City — D. Quinn 2-0-0-4, H. Strehlo 0-2-0-2, M. Oehlke 2-1-1-5, O. Scalze 1-0-1-2, D. Fayerweather 0-2-1-2, Y. Lee 1-0-1-2, M. Schutz 2-1-2-5.
C — A. Dachel 3, J. Bowe 1, K. Meredith 2, R. Knutson 1, M. Harmon 1, M. Barstad 2.