After receiving the No. 2 seed and a first round bye, the Colfax girls’ basketball team hosted the Ladysmith Lumberjacks in a second round WIAA Division 4 Regional contest Friday night.
Not having played for eight days, the Vikings were a little rusty in the first half, but hit 12 3-point baskets en route to a 64-26 triumph.
Alyssa Dachel canned a triple just 15 seconds into the game but it was three minutes later before the Vikings put up any more points. Their defense, however, flustered the Lumberjacks, holding them scoreless until the 9:35 mark of the first half.
Colfax took an 18-2 lead with help from long range shots by Dachel, Savannah Henricks and Kameri Meredith, along with a trio of free throws by Emma Hurlburt. Ladysmith fought back to get within 10 points, but Meredith calmly drained a buzzer beater triple to end the half with the Vikings up 28-15.
After forcing Ladysmith into several more turnovers, Henricks went to work and scored seven points on a pair of baskets and a triple for a 37-17 advantage. From there on out it was all Colfax.
Knowing the regional final had been moved up to an earlier time the next day, Colfax coach Joe Doucette made sure his starters would be rested, allowing several reserves to get on the court. They made the most of their time as Saville Wilson came up with seven points with a trey in the mix, Marissa Harmon canned a pair of triples, Josie Steinke added her own shot from downtown and Jayna Bowe finished off the night with her own shot from beyond the arc.
Meredith led the Vikings with 14 points to go with 10 from Henricks and nine each from Dachel and Hurlburt. Colfax helped their cause by hitting 16 of 25 free throws for the game.
The Vikings advance to the regional final against No. 3 Clear Lake today at 4 p.m. at Colfax High School.