After two disappointing losses for the Colfax girls basketball team, the Vikings turned the tides in a dominating 67-13 Dunn-St. Croix Conference (DSC) victory over the Bulldogs Tuesday at Boyceville High School.

The season-opening conference win was what the Vikings (2-2, 1-0) were looking for following a pair of on-the-road defeats against Hudson on Nov. 21 and Hayward on Nov. 16.

“We’ve been chomping at the bit to play after struggling...we just wanted to go out and win again,” Colfax coach Joe Doucette said. “We feel like we’re talented and have a ton of potential and for some reason the last two (games) didn’t go so well, but I think we shot the ball well tonight and a lot of things went well for us and it kind of snowballed.”

It took two minutes for either team to put points on the board, but it was Colfax that struck first with a simple 2-point basket from Savannah Henricks which opened up the flood gates.

The Vikings powered out to a 24-1 lead within the first eight minutes of play and never looked back. Boyceville (1-2, 0-1) was noticeably out of sync and had little answer to Colfax’s full court press. A diligent Viking defense returned four interceptions which contributed to half of their first 14 points.

Boyceville’s Rachel Prestrud ended the Bulldogs’ silence with a pair of 3-point baskets, the second being the result from a steal courtesy of Hannah Johnson.

Though the two baskets gave Boyceville a little spark of life, Colfax’s aggressive style on both ends of the floor held the Bulldogs to just four more points in the first half while the Vikings continued their onslaught, sinking four 3-point baskets nearing halftime to take a staggering 43-11 lead.

Boyceville’s fortune did not improve in the second half. The Vikings held the Bulldogs at 11 points from 5:25 in the first half until Marissa Dormanen broke the silence with a 2-pointer at 4:30 remaining in the second half. And it was the only basket the Vikings would allow the Bulldogs for the remainder of the game.

Henricks led in scoring with a game high 20 points, making two 3-pointers, four 2-pointers and shot 100 percent at the free throw line at 6-for-6.

Kameri Meredith nearly mirrored Henricks scoring, adding 17 points for the Vikings with two 3-pointers, four 2-pointers and also made all her charity shots, going 4-for-4 at the line.

Other Viking point-makers included Morgan Schleusner with eight, Rachel Scharlau and Alyssa Dachel with six apiece, Saville Wilson and Emma Hurlbert chipped in four each and Jayna Bowe came off the bench with two points to round out a balanced offensive effort.

Doucette noted that the Vikings have been working on improving on assists the last week and a half, which had been a factor in their losses against Hayward and Hudson.

“We hadn’t gotten many assists in our last three games, which in our system is a huge thing,” he remarked. “The last couple of weeks we’ve really stressed to become better passers and that showed a little bit tonight, but we still have a ways to go.”

The Vikings stay at home for their next two games, hosting Spring Valley (0-4, 0-1) Friday and Elk Mound (2-2, 0-1) Tuesday.

For the Bulldogs, Prestrud ended the night with five points to lead the team, scoring their first and only 3-pointer and a 2-pointer, both in the first half. Dormanen, Tyra Kostman and Ana Evenson each added two points while Emma Ouellette and Naomi Hillman pitched in one point apiece at the free throw line.

Boyceville head coach Jolene Bird said the seniors lost last year has left an absence in team leadership.

“We have a long way to go,” she said following Tuesday’s defeat. “We lost a lot of experience last year and that’s very hard to replace right now.”

Bird said they will put the loss behind them and get to work for Friday’s matchup at Elk Mound. They continue on the road next week with a game in Glenwood City (2-2, 1-0) on Tuesday.

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Dunn County News reporter

Laura covers local/prep sports as well as school-related and general news in Dunn County. She joined The Dunn County News in October 2016. She can be contacted directly at laura.giammattei@lee.net or (715) 279-6721.

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