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By Jake Hull
Whitman County Gazette 

Colfax Bulldogs girls basketball first in district play


January 11, 2024

Jake Hull | The Gazette

Lauryn York takes a shot for the Colfax Bulldogs against St. George's.

COLFAX - The Colfax girls basketball team took down three district opponents in their last three games by an average of 49 points.

The Bulldogs went on the road to start their streak with a game against the Jenkins (Chewelah) Cougars. The game was played on Friday, Jan. 5, and took place in Jenkins.

Colfax put the game away early in the first quarter, their 18-point quarter would be more than the Cougars scored throughout the game as Colfax won 64-11.

During the first quarter, Brynn McGaughy scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds. Ava Swan and Hailey Demler had four points each.

The Cougars scored just four points in the first quarter, and five in the second. The Bulldogs added 15 points in the second, with four coming from Demler along with three rebounds and blocks each. Colfax would take a 33-9 lead into halftime.

After the break, Colfax exploded for a 25-point quarter, led by seven from Brenna Gilchrist.

Demler had five assists, two steals, and two rebounds in the third.

The Colfax defense allowed two points in the third quarter, and pitched a shutout in the fourth to hold the Cougars to 11 total points, a defensive domination from the Bulldogs.

Colfax would score six points in the fourth, three from Destiny Nelson and another three from Lola Hennigar, Colfax would win by 54 points.

McGaughy and Demler finished with a game-high 12-points each. McGaughy grabbed six rebounds and had a block while Demler finished with five rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Hennigar scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds off the bench, and senior Ashley Ring had eight points.

Colfax had a quick turnaround for their next game, which took place on Saturday, Jan. 6, against St. George's. The game was played in Colfax.

The Bulldog defense has been in a groove in their last few games, they have not allowed more than 27 points in a game this year.

Colfax held St. George's to 26 points to earn the 56-26 victory.

The Bulldogs would start the game on an 8-0 run before St. George's took a timeout.

Colfax would struggle following the timeout, but took a 15-5 lead to the second quarter.

The second quarter saw the Bulldogs rattle off six quick points before a St. George's timeout. This time, Colfax would regroup, and score 21 points in the second to lead 36-11 at halftime.

Hennigar had seven points in the second quarter, and Ring had five.

The third quarter was when the Bulldogs locked in on the defensive end, allowing four points while scoring 14 to put the game out of reach. Swan would score six points in the third, and Lauryn York had four.

Colfax would lose the fourth quarter 6-11, but still earned the 30-point victory.

Ring and Hennigar led the way in the game with 10 points each for Colfax. Gilchrist would add nine points, seven rebounds, and three assists to her seasons totals as well.

The last game of the week for the Bulldogs was played on Monday, Jan. 8, against last-place Upper Columbia Academy. The Lions are currently 0-5 on the season.

The Bulldogs controlled the game by scoring 43 first-half points while allowing two points in the half as Colfax cruised to a 70-7 victory.

Colfax started the game with a 20-point first quarter, holding Upper Columbia scoreless in the quarter.

The second quarter was an improvement for the Bulldogs, who scored 23 points, allowing two to take a 43-2 lead into halftime.

Swan had 12 points in the first half and grabbed seven rebounds. Gilchrist had eight points in the first half.

The third quarter saw the Bulldogs hold Upper Columbia scoreless for the second time in the game. Colfax would take a 59-2 lead heading into the fourth.

The fourth quarter saw Colfax use the second-half running clock to their advantage to get quality possessions as they would score 11 points, giving up seven to win by 63 points.

Swan finished the game with 16 points to lead Colfax. Demler had 11 points and seven rebounds, while Hennigar had six points and four rebounds.

The Bulldogs are now tied for first-place in the district with an undefeated record. They are 6-0 in district play with two more to be added this week.

Colfax next game will be played Friday, Jan. 12, as the Bulldogs will take on Reardan. The game will be played in Colfax, and is set to tip-off at 6 p.m.

After the game against Reardan, Colfax will take on Northwest Christian (Colbert) on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The game will be played in Northwest Christian, and will start at 6 p.m.

Reardan are 4-0 in district play, tied with Colfax for first place.

Reardan, Colfax, and Davenport are the three teams currently undefeated in league play.

Colfax has the advantage over the two currently as they have played and won more district games so far than Reardan and Davenport.

The upcoming game between Colfax and Reardan likely will see the winner finish with a district championship.


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