If you’re a current subscriber, log in below. If you would like to subscribe, please click the subscribe tab above.
Username and Password Help
by Marlys Kruger
COLFAX — After a 12-day layoff due to COVID issues, the Colfax girls finally got back to the hard court for some basketball action as they hosted the Glenwood City Hilltoppers January 20. After a slow start by both teams, the Vikings put the gas pedal down and finished with a 71-28 victory over the winless Hilltoppers. Colfax moved to 6-0 in Dunn-St. Croix Conference play and 13-1 overall with the win.
It was a frigid night outside and inside as neither team put points up in the first few minutes. The Toppers took their first and only lead at 2-0 by a Kaylynn Kurtz shot but that lead lasted about five seconds as McKenna Shipman scored on a fast break. Jillian Bowe scored and Madison Barstad added two deuces from close range for an 8-4 lead and after a Topper bucket, it was all Colfax from there on out.
Up 8-6, Colfax went on a 26-point scoring spree started by an Emilee Burcham-Scofield shot from the paint. Barstad and Shipman both hit a pair of free tosses, Barstad canned a three point shot and Shipman added another bucket, two more freebies and points on a put back. The tenacious Colfax full-court press created nightmares for the Toppers as the Vikings forced back to back turnovers which turned into two baskets by Shipman via passes from Burcham-Scofield and Bowe. After Burcham-Scofield nailed a triple, Jeanette Hydukovich scored in the lane and the Toppers finally broke the streak with a bucket. With Colfax now up 34-6, the Toppers went on a little run but, Hydukovich muscled her way to back to back scores under the hoop and the halftime score was 38-14.
It was more of the same in the second half as the Colfax starters continued to wear the Toppers down, allowing them to add on plenty of points themselves. The game went to a running clock with around eight minutes to play and several Colfax reserves got into the scoring action. Jaycee Bowe drained a triple and Jada Anderson hit a deuce for a 65-18 advantage and after they both scored from close range again, Molly Heidorn put the final points up for the Vikings.
“It was a good game to come back with for the girls,” Colfax coach Courtney Sarauer said.
“We were able to get our feet under us and shake off some of the rust. We had a lot of great passing. It took us a while to get going offensively but all of our shots were great looks. We missed a couple of easy ones early, but once we started to connect on some shots things went better. I thought our press was able to get us some great points off turnovers,” she added.
Ten different players scored for the Vikings as Shipman poured in 21 points and Barstad added ten. Jaycee Bowe finished with eight, Burcham-Scofield seven, Hydukovich six, Jillian Bowe four, Aynsley Olson, Jasmine Best and Jenna Goodell all three, and Heidorn two. The team shot 10-for-15 at the foul stripe and knocked down five triples by five different players.
Izzy Davis led the Toppers with ten points and the team went 5-for-11 at the stripe with one trey.