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COLFAX — After a season opening loss in Hudson, the Colfax girls’ basketball squad rebounded in a big way picking up non-conference wins at home, over Eau Claire Regis and Bloomer.
Despite a close opening half of play, Colfax was able to build a five-point advantage to lead 28-23 at intermission of its Friday, November 19 game with Eau Claire Regis. The contest was again close throughout the second half but Jill Bowe hit a pair of free throws with less than two seconds remaining to secure a 56-53 Vikings’ victory.
Then three days later, the Lady Vikings found themselves trailing Bloomer by double digits in the first half. But, Colfax went on a 20 to 2 run in the final minutes of the first half to lead the Blackhawks 31-21 at halftime. The Vikings kept the offensive pedal to the floor in the second half to score a 57-41 win in the November 22 game.
The pair of wins improves Colfax’s early season mark to 2-1.
The Vikings hosted its third straight out-of-league contest when Clear Lake came to town Monday, November 29. Colfax opens conference play in Glenwood City Thursday, December 2. Stanley-Boyd will visit Colfax in another non-conference contest Saturday night, December 4 with game time set for 8:45 p.m.
Eau Claire Regis
Colfax and Regis battled to the final horn before the Vikings prevailed by three points, 56 to 53, to earn their first win of the season November 19.
Colfax was able to weather a 29-point performance by Regis’ Makenna Rohrsheib thanks to a balanced offensive attack that saw seven Vikings score points, led by senior Madison Barstad’s team-leading 19 points, 11 of which came in the second half. Fellow seniors Emilee Burcham-Scofield and Jasmine Best chipped in for ten points each while sophomore McKenna Shipman tossed in eight.
“The girls fought hard the whole game,” Colfax head coach Courtney Sarauer said.
“Hats off to Makenna Rohrsheib (of Regis), she had a great game! It seemed like she scored on whoever we threw at her,” Sarauer added.
“But Jazzy (Best) and Madison (Barstad) knocked down huge shots for us and I was impressed with the way Emilee (Burcham-Scofield) was able to get to the rim and finish. McKenna Shipman and Aynsley Olson did a great job defending Regis’ Ashley Chilson, you could tell she was frustrated,” said Sarauer.
“Jill (Bowe) made some huge free throws down the stretch,” added the coach.
With Colfax clinging to a 51-50 lead, Jill Bowe hit three out of four free throws in the final 1:40 of the game including a pair with just 1.7 seconds remaining that put Colfax up 56-53. Those free throws came just moments after Rohrsheib had canned a three-point basket to pull Regis to within a single point of Colfax at 54-53.
Bowe’s two charity tosses were the final scores in the tight contest.
Barstad and Best each hit a key free toss during that span as well. In fact, the Vikings final five points of the game all came from the free throw line. Colfax, who made just 11 of their 22 charity tosses, made them when it counted most.
Colfax took a 28-23 lead into the locker room at halftime as Burcham-Scofield, Barstad and Best combined for 22 of those points. Barstad and Best each had a pair of first-half treys. Colfax finished the game with five.
Rohrsheib scored 18 of her 29 points in the second half as Regis slightly outscored the Vikings 30 to 28.
Barstad led the Vikings’ second-half offense putting in five deuces and a free throw for 11 of her team-high 19 points.
Halfway through the first half of last Monday’s (November 22) home contest, Colfax found itself trailing the Blackhawks of Bloomer by 11 points.
Then came the offensive surge.
Following a time out by Coach Sarauer, the Vikings went on a 13-point run to take a 24-19 lead.
But, the hosts were not finished.
By the time its offensive outburst ended with the halftime horn, Colfax had outscored Bloomer 20-2 to take a 31-21 lead into halftime.
Colfax’s offensive dominance extended into the second half as well as it finished with a 26-20 advantage on its was to a convincing 57-41 win over the visiting Blackhawks.
“We got off to a slow start but were able to go on a run to end the half that put us in a great position,” admitted Sarauer.
“But, I was impressed with our ability to stick with it when things weren’t going well right away. We did a great job finding the open girl and also were able to get some easy buckets in transition,” she concluded.
Eight Colfax players scored in the game with Sophomore McKenna Shipman tallying a game-high 16 points. Jill Bowe connected on three treys and finished with 11, Barstad added nine, Jeanette Hydukovich tallied six, Emilee Burcham-Scofield finished with five, Molly Heidorn and Jazzy Best each had four points, and Aynsley Olson had two.
The Vikings, however, continued to struggle at the free throw line where it finished just 13 out of 24 attempts.
Abby Iverson led Bloomer with nine points.
Editor’s Note: The Colfax Messenger was inadvertently sent a roster from last year which was then printed with last week’s preview story about the Colfax girls’ basketball team. A corrected version of the roster appears below.
Seniors: Jillian Bowe, Madison Barstad, Emilee Burcham-Scofield, Aliyah Rihn, Jasmine Best, and Jenna Goodell
Juniors: Molly Heidorn, and Aynsley Olson
Sophomores: Jaycey Bowe, Meadow Keltner, Jeanette Hydukovich, McKenna Shipman, and Jada Anderson
Freshmen: Kaysen Goodell, Autumn Niggeman, Emma Medin, Aubrey Rihn, and Lydia Polkoski