After a 10-3 finish to last season and a regional title it should come as no surprise that the Colfax girls basketball team is 15-4 and in control of its destiny in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference title race.
Kameri Meredith being the Vikings’ go-to player may be a different story.
A season ago Meredith averaged 8.7 points per game, which ranked third in a balanced Vikings attack.
Now a sophomore, Meredith leads the team at a 13.1 clip, and now she’s getting those points from a little deeper. Last season Meredith shot only 17 3-pointers. This season she’s already made 19.
None were bigger than the one she hit on Jan. 26 in a 49-39 win at Elk Mound. With the Mounders mounting a comeback and within three points, Meredith hit a 3 from the left elbow to help preserve the victory and keep the Vikings on top of the conference with Durand.
“She’s hit some big ones for us,” longtime coach Joe Doucette said.
And it’s not just the her shooting touch that makes such a difficult matchup.
“She’s just a tremendous athlete,” Doucette said. “She’s one of the best pure athletes that I think we’ve had in our program.”
That’s pretty high praise from someone that’s been coaching for more than 30 years.
When Doucette needs to put height on the floor he looks to 5-foot-11 Rachel Scharlau and 5-foot-10 Emma Hurlburt, but despite being 3 to 4 inches shorter than those two, Meredith leads the team in rebounding after doing so last year.
“Rebounding is my favorite thing to do,” Meredith said. “I love grabbing the rebound and getting it out to my teammates.”
If they beat Mondovi today, the Vikings face a potential winner-take-all game at home against Durand on Thursday which would give them their first DSC title since 2013-14. Colfax will go north this postseason with the likes of Central Lakeland co-leaders Clear Lake and Cameron.
With a team of four juniors — led by assist leader Alyssa Dachel and second-leading scorer Savannah Henricks — and seven sophomores, the Vikings look poised for another tournament run this year and potentially the next three years.