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By Marlys Kruger
A pair of first-year coaches faced off against each other when the Colfax girls traveled to Boyceville January 7.
Colfax fans already know Courtney Sarauer is the new coach for Colfax while Jay Lagerstrom has taken over for long-time Bulldog coach Jolene Bird. Lagerstrom’s name may be familiar to Colfax fans as he was the Bulldog boys’ coach in 2012 and had his team playing and losing to Colfax in a sectional final game. That being said, Colfax, with the help of some real sharp shooting and their full court pressure, took a 66-29 win in their first game of 2021.
Marissa Harmon and Madi Barstad had the hot hand in the first half with Harmon hitting a trio of triples and Barstad knocking down a pair. The Vikings were up 20-14 then began pulling away with Abby Irwin, Emilee Burcham-Scofield and McKenna Shipman all joining in on the long ball action with one of their own treys, helping the Vikings take a 30-18 lead at the break.
Colfax kept up their ball pressure the second half and continued to force turnovers, resulting in more points. Barstad scored nine points which included another triple and a couple of free throws while Addisyn Olson, Bailey Bradford and Aliyah Rihn all had three point shots find the bottom of the net. Boyceville was held to just 11 points in the half with six of them on two -three point shots.
“We didn’t shoot very well early on but stayed persistent,” coach Sarauer said. “In the second half, we got quite a few steals out of our press that transitioned into points. Then we started knocking down some threes which was the big deciding factor. Madi Barstad was resilient and ended up with a game high 19 points. Overall, it was another great team win with a lot of girls contributing,” she added.
Ten players scored points for Colfax with Barstad leading the way with her19 which included three triples and two-of-two free throws. Harmon added 11 points, also with three treys while Olson added seven points and Irwin six. Colfax made seven-of-nine free throws while the Bulldogs made nine-of-17. Kady Grambow led Boyceville with nine points.
Colfax is now 4-3 overall and trails Durand (5-1) for the Dunn-St. Croix Conference lead by a half game with a 4-1 record. The Vikings hosted Spring Valley Tuesday, January 12, and welcome rival Elk Mound this Friday, January 15. Colfax will then play Boyceville for the second time in 11 days when it hosts the Bulldogs next Monday, January 18.