ELK MOUND — The formula for winning the Dunn-St. Croix Conference has been pretty easy to follow the past three seasons: win on the road.
And in their first real D-SC test, the Colfax Vikings used all the ingredients they had en route to a 46-41 win at Elk Mound on Tuesday night.
Elk Mound started the scoring going through their leading scorer the past two seasons, Morgan Radtke. The next seven minutes would almost be a three point shootout, with the Vikings’ first 12 points coming via the long ball.
Morgan Schleusner added three 3s for Colfax, and Brook Plasczc had two for Elk Mound before Sophie Cedarblade dialed from distance. The Mounders already had four 3s in the first seven and half minutes. That brought the score within in one at that point.
“Both teams shot really well early,” said Colfax coach Joe Doucette.
From that point the scoring slowed down. Morgan Radkte scored 5 points in a two-minute span to bring the Mounders within two with 5:35 left in the half, but that’s all the scoring the Mounders would do before the halftime break.
That would also be the last shot Radkte would make away from the free throw line. That was forced in part by Colfax’s center platoon of Rachel Scharlau and Emma Hurlburt.
“Emma’s one of the best inside defenders around and Rachel’s really improved,” said Doucette. “We’ve gotten some big minutes from Rachel.”
Schleusner, Hurlburt and Kameri Meredith added six points and the Vikings had their first double-digit lead of the game.
Plaszcz hit her game-high fourth 3-pointer at just over the 15-minute mark. Then the Mounders would have to wait over nine minutes to score away from the free throw line.
Victoria Fasbender made a field goal to bring the Mounders within six with five minutes left before Scharlau’s score effectively ended the game with Elk Mound sending Colfax to the line of the rest of the way
For Colfax it was their ninth-straight conference road win after going unbeaten last season and beating Spring Valley last week.
For Doucette, it’s hard to pinpoint why his team has been so good on the road, but figures a group that has spent alot of time together on the floor can’t hurt.
“Our chemistry is good. They enjoy spending time together,” said Doucette.
It’s the longest conference road winning streak since Durand joined the conference in 2016.
For Elk Mound coach Jordan Kongshaug, it was a good showing in the team’s first real D-SC test after losing four of last season’s top five scorers.
“We shot well to start,” said Kongshaug. “(There are) just little things to get better at.”
Colfax 46, Elk Mound 41
Colfax (4-1): Savannah Henricks 12, Kameri Meredith 10, Morgan Schleusner 9, Rachel Scharlau 7, Alyssa Dachel 5, Emma Hurlburt 2, Jayna Bowe.
Elk Mound (3-2): Brook Plaszcz 16, Morgan Radtke 10, Sophie Cedarblade 8, Victoria Fasbender 5, Hailey Blaskowksi 1, Kayla Bridges 1.
3-pointers: Colfax 5 (Henricks 3, Schleusner, Dachel). Elk Mound 7 (Plaszcz 4, Cedarblade 2, Fasbender).
Halftime score: Colfax 28-10.