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By Amber Hayden
The Lady Vikings have had a superb regular season going 16-4 overall and finished 13-1 in conference to give them a share of the Dunn-St. Croix girls’ basketball title with the Durand Panthers and a top seed in their half of the WIAA Division 4 Eau Claire Memorial sectional.
After non-conference games against Ladysmith and Clear Lake planned for Monday and Tuesday last week were both canceled due to weather, Colfax closed out the 2018-19 regular season with double-digit road wins over the Boyceville Bulldogs last Thursday and the Mondovi Buffaloes on Saturday.
Colfax held Boyceville to just six points in their second meeting of the regular season last Thursday, February 14 in the 8th annual “Coaches versus Cancer” contest that raised funds for the American Cancer Society. The Vikings went on to win the game going away, 58 to 21.
With Durand winning big the previous night over those same Bulldogs, Colfax knew it had to win its Saturday night season finale in Mondovi to earn a share this year’s D-SC girls’ championship with the Panthers. While the Lady Buffaloes threw an early scare into the Vikings, Colfax expanded on its four-point halftime lead to claim a 52-38 victory.
As a number one seed, Colfax earned a bye in last night’s (Tuesday, Feb. 19) first round of the regional tournament and will host the winner of the quarterfinal game between of #9 Grantsburg and #8 Glenwood City this Friday, February 22. A win would allow the Vikings to host the regional final the next evening, Saturday, February 23. Colfax will also host a sectional semifinal game on Thursday, February 28.
After nearly a week off due to winter storms, the Lady Vikings traveled to Boyceville last Thursday evening, February 14, to take on the Boyceville Bulldogs in a game that was all Colfax.
A three-point basket from senior Rachel Knutson opened the contests scoring at 17:01 of the first half.
The Vikings, who finished with nine triples, went on two, 13-point runs in the first half leaving Boyceville frustrated and confused on how to shut down Colfax’s starters. The Vikings went on to win by 37 points, besting the Bulldogs 58-21.
“It’s been a crazy few weeks with the weather and missing games,” said head coach Joe Doucette. “The last few years we have really come on late and played our best basketball, we really hope we can do that this year.”
The Vikings went a different route with their starters last Thursday, starting all of their seniors in the second-to-last game of the regular season. This proved to be great for the Vikings as Rachel Knutson got Colfax started off with a shot from outside the arc for her only points of the evening.
Kameri Meredith was hot in both halves, tallying 17 points to lead the Vikings, her fifteenth point came off a quick rebound on the offensive end after teammate Josie Steinke had missed the three-point shot. Meredith finished her evening with three doubles, three treys and was two-of-two from the line.
Senior captain Alyssa Dachel worked hard for Colfax with two steals in the first half and scoring a pair of threes. She finished with 12 points.
The Vikings kept Boyceville to a single digit score for much of the game until a quick basket from the Bulldogs brought them to 11 points at 12:01 of the second half. Less than six seconds later, the game came to a screeching halt as Boyceville’s Rachel Prestrud went down after stepping on a player’s foot.
Emma Hurlburt and Savannah Henricks had quiet nights putting up ten points between the pair off of four doubles and Hurlburt was two-of-two from the line.
The outside arc proved to be a hot spot for the Vikings as six of the 11 players hit shots including Marissa Harmon, Jayna Bowe and Josie Steinke.
“Our bench helped us also as Jayna and Josie hit big shots in the first half,” Doucette explained. “We had a lot of people play well.”
Madison Barstad grabbed her first points of the night off a long arm pass from Kameri Meredith and went untouched for the lay-up. Barstad finished the evening with four points off two doubles.
“We are talented, we have to have some people step up and really play hard. If we can do that and make some big shots we can beat anybody,” Doucette stated.
COLFAX 58, BOYCEVILLE 21
Colfax.……..………………26 32 – 58
Boyceville..…………………6 15 – 21
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax — A. Dachel 5-0-0-12, J. Bowe 1-0-0-3, K. Meredith 6-2-1-17, S. Henricks 2-0-1-4, J. Steinke 1-0-1-3, R. Knutson 1-0-0-3, S. Wilson 1-0-2-2, M. Harmon 1-0-1-3, R. Scharlau 0-1-0-1, M. Barstad 2-0-0-4, E. Hurlburt 2-2-2-6.
Boyceville — R. Prestrud 2-0-2-5, E. Ouellette 0-2-2-2, A. Bloom 1-0-2-2, M. Lagerstrom 2-0-1-5, H. Olson 1-0-0-3, A. Evenson 2-0-0-4.
THREE-POINTERS: C — A. Dachel 2, J. Bowe 1, K. Meredith 3, R. Knutson 1, A. Olson 1, M. Harmon 1; BV — R. Prestrud 1, M. Lagerstrom 1, H. Olson 1.
After a long two weeks of snow days and rescheduled games, the Colfax ladies finally brought their season to a close by way of a 52-38 road win against the Mondovi Buffaloes last Saturday, February 16.
“Super happy to win and win a share of the D-SC, we got off to a good start but got in some foul trouble and we really struggled the last part of the first half,” Doucette said. “I thought we really played well the second half, they are much improved, and they were fired up but we finally broke their pressure consistently and ran good offense.”
Junior Kameri Meredith and senior Alyssa Dachel combined for 33 points in the February 16 win over Mondovi. Meredith scored 21 points and finished with ten rebounds, four assists and a steal. Dachel netted a dozen points including a pair of three pointers and had three boards and two steals in the game.
Mondovi kept the game close in the opening half and trailed by just four points, 24-20, at the intermission.
“Defensively we were better also and did not foul nearly as much in the second half,” said Doucette. “Great for us to win a share (of the conference title). Durand is a very good team ranked in the state’s top five of the year, we had a chance to beat them twice, but we could not do it.”
Emma Hurlburt was super physical defensively, Doucette explained, with 13 rebounds for the Vikings as well as one steal and three blocks, she finished her evening with two shots from underneath and was two-of-four from the charity stripe.
Contributing to the points for Colfax were Savannah Henricks with two doubles and a trey, Rachel Scharlau contributed two doubles and Madison Barstad went two-of-two from the line.
“Very happy for everyone but mostly for our seniors, they came into the program when we had lost a ton of great kids,” Doucette stated. “They never complained, took some lumps along the way but always stuck together. I hope we can keep getting better as tournament play starts for us Friday.”
COLFAX 52, MONDOVI 38
Colfax.……..………………24 28 – 52
Mondovi….…………………20 18 – 38
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax — A. Dachel 4-2-1-12, K. Meredith 9-3-2-21, S. Henricks 3-0-0-7, R. Scharlau 2-0-3-4, M. Barstad 0-2-0-2, E. Hurlburt 2-2-0-6.
THREE-POINTERS: C — A. Dachel 2, S. Henricks 1.