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By Amber Hayden
With just two games last week, the Lady Vikes basketball team added another pair of wins to its growing season tally with victories over St. Croix Central and Mondovi which brought the ladies season record to 16-2 and a perfect 11-0 in the Dunn-St. Croix.
On Monday evening, February 3, Colfax hosted St. Croix Central in an out-of-league contest and had to put on the brakes in order to not score too many points in the 88-54 win. This was a season high, point tally for Colfax, beating its previous high of 74 points scored against Glenwood City.
With another win on Thursday evening, February 6, against Mondovi, 54-37, the Vikings still hold a two-game lead over second-place Durand. Rachel Scharlau was the team leader with 22 points for Colfax against the Buffaloes as the senior has really come alive this season to help push the ladies toward another D-SC title.
The Vikings hosted second-place Durand last night, Tuesday, February 11, and will travel to Boyceville on Friday evening, February 14, for the annual “Coaches vs. Cancer “game. Colfax will travel down to Melrose-Mindoro next Tuesday, February 18, and look to defeat the Mustangs on their home court. The Mustangs have knocked the Vikings out of the sectional tournament the past two seasons.
St. Croix Central
The Colfax girls’ basketball team kicked off their week with a huge win over the Middle Border’s St. Croix Central Panthers last Monday evening, February 3, as they took the win, 88-54.
“We really played well, our first group was ready to go and they moved the ball and shot the ball well,” said head coach Joe Doucette. “We really had to pump the breaks to not score too many points, that is how good we were offensively.”
The game got off to a quick start as senior Kameri Meredith put up the first of three triples, and began the first of many point runs for the Vikings as they went on a 9-0 run before the Panthers called their first time out with 16:11 left in the first half.
Meredith finished the evening with three doubles, three triples, and was one-for-two from the line for a total of 16 points.
Another full minute went by before Katie Gostovich of St. Croix Central was able to hit a double and put points on the board for the Panthers.
The Vikings continued a full-court press throughout most of the first half in Monday’s contest, until they found themselves up 29-7 and began to fall back into their half-court defense.
“I was excited at halftime, we were way up and our best players were diving on the floor for loose balls. That is how the game should be played,” Doucette explained.
The Vikings put up a whopping 54 points in the first half, with 17 points coming from senior Rachel Scharlau. Her fifth double of the night came off a play that saw Kameri Meredith diving to the floor for the ball after a rebound. Meredith was able to get it into the hands of teammate Josie Steinke who got the ball underneath to Scharlau.
Scharlau wrapped up her night with a career high 23 points which included seven doubles, a lone trey, and she was six-for-nine at the charity stripe.
“Rachel and Kameri were super efficient on offense, but Morgan Schleusner, Josie, and Jayna Bowe got them the ball in great spots,” Doucette stated.
Saville Wilson had a stellar night for the Vikings too as she was able to get four shots off from beyond the arc, a double, and was three-for-four from the line for 17 points. Wilson has come to life in the last few games, which is something Colfax has desperately needed in a third shooter.
“Saville had a great night for us and she can really shoot it, she made some big shots down the stretch,” Doucette said.
Taylor Irwin and Madison Barstad came in off the bench to score 14 points between the pair. Irwin had three doubles and a trey, and Barstad had two doubles and was one-for-one from the foul line.
Colfax rotated in all 16 of their players, 12 of which were able to score points. Also scoring for the Vikings were Morgan Schleusner and Jasmine Best each with a double and two free throws, Josie Steinke with a lone trey, and Jayna Bowe, Bailey Bradford, and Abby Irwin each with a double.
However, the Vikings were outscored in the second half of the game, 36-34, as players off of Colfax’s bench filtered into the game and were willing to shoot the ball but did not want to defend.
“It sets up a big stretch with Mondovi and Durand coming up,” said coach Doucette. “We really want to win the conference and realize how important those two are. We are trying to take them one at a time and keep defending and rebounding.”
FG-FT-F-TP: T. Irwin 4-0-1-9, M. Schleusner 1-2-1-4, J. Bowe 1-0-0-2, K. Meredith 6-1-2-16, M. Harmon 0-1-1-1, J. Steinke 1-0-0-3, M. Barstad 2-1-0-5, S. Wilson 5-3-4-17, J. Best 1-2-0-4, R. Scharlau 8-6-2-23, B. Bradford 1-0-0-2, A. Irwin 1-0-1-2. Totals 31-16-16-88.
St. Croix Central (54)
FG-FT-F-TP: A. Olson 2-1-0-6, S. Carlson 2-0-0-6, M. Anderson 2-0-0-5, H. Finholt 1-0-0-2, D. Lloyd 3-2-1-10, K. Juen 2-2-1-7, M. Siler 5-2-3-14, K. Gostovich 1-2-4-4, Total 18-9-16-54.
Colfax 54 34 – 88
St. Croix Central 18 36 – 54
3-point goals: Colfax: T. Irwin, K. Meredith (3), J. Steinke, S. Wilson (4), R. Scharlau; St. Croix Central: A. Olson, S. Carlson (2), D. Lloyd (2), K. Juen, M. Siler (2).
The Lady Vikings extended their winning streak to eight games after last Thursday night’s win over the Mondovi Buffaloes. Colfax beat Mondovi 54-37 in the February 6 game.
“Mondovi was much better and much tougher than the first time was played, and they were in the game in the second half,” said coach Doucette. “I thought we showed a lot of good qualities in keeping our poise and fighting through some tough spots.”
Combined, Rachel Scharlau and Kameri Meredith scored 37 points and 34 rebounds, according to Doucette. He did not recall a time when two players had that many rebounds. Scharlau had six doubles, a pair of threes, and was four-for-five at the line for 22 points, and Meredith put up six doubles and a triple to finish with 15 points.
Jayna Bowe was able to score five points for Colfax off of a triple in the first half and was two-for-four from the foul line.
“We are so close to the conference title, and we know we can clinch Tuesday at home against Durand,” Doucette stated. “We are super excited to be improving and playing our best ball. We defend and rebounded and that keeps us in games all the time.”
Also scoring for the Vikings were Morgan Schleusner with two doubles, Josie Steinke and Addisyn Olson with a triple, and Madison Barstad with two points.
FG-FT-F-TP: M. Schleusner 2-0-3-4, J. Bowe 1-2-1-5, K. Meredith 7-0-2-15, J. Steinke 1-0-0-3, M. Barstad 0-2-2-2, A. Olson 1-0-1-3, R. Scharlau 8-4-1-22. Totals 20-8-15-54.
FG-FT-F-TP: M. Clark 2-0-2-6, J. Hulke 4-1-3-11, E. Poeschel 1-0-1-3, K. Thompson 1-0-1-3, A. Johnson 2-0-4-5, K. Berg 1-4-1-6, A. Fedie 0-3-4-3. Total 11-8-16-37.
Colfax 24 30 – 54
Mondovi 16 21 – 37
3-point goals: Colfax: J. Bowe, K. Meredith, J. Steinke, R. Scharlau (2); Mondovi: M. Clark (2), J. Hulke (2), E. Poeschel, K. Thompson, A. Johnson.