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by Marlys Kruger
After a slow start in which they scored just 15 points in the first half, the Colfax girls’ basketball team more than doubled their point total in the second half and pulled out a 46-36 win over the Bloomer Blackhawks.
The game was played in Bloomer Tuesday, November 22 and the win gave the Vikings a 1-1 record.
McKenna Shipman kept the Vikings in the game with 10 first-half points, scoring on a pair of triples, a deuce and two free throws. Molly Heidorn sank a three pointer and Aynsley Olson and Autumn Niggemann both connected on 1-of-2 free tosses. Bloomer scored 20 points however for a 20-15 halftime lead.
Colfax came out of the locker room with a different mindset and started getting the ball in the hoop on a more regular basis in the second stanza.
Shipman scored another 10 points on three close range shots and knocked down 4-of-6 free throws while Jeanette Hydukovich had her way in the paint with four buckets for eight points. Kaysen Goodell drained a pair of shots from behind the arc, Jada Anderson canned one of her own and Olson dropped in a pair of close range shots. The Viking defense did their job, holding the Blackhawks to just 16 points, allowing them to leave Bloomer with a win.
Although Shipman shot 75 percent from the foul line, the Vikings as a team were only 40 percent making 8-of-20 freebies. They connected on six triples for the contest, while Bloomer made 6-of-7 free tosses and canned four triples for the night.
“I thought we came out a little soft in the first half and weren’t really ready to play,” Colfax coach Courtney Sarauer said. “We turned it around in the second half and made some things happen. We didn’t rebound well but made some shots in the second half and played good defense,” she added.
The Vikings will have a busy week, traveling to Clear Lake November 28, going to Mondovi for a conference game December 1 and playing at home December 3 against Baldwin-Woodville.