The Colfax girls basketball team will make their third ever trip to state tomorrow night when the battle the Prairie School. This week's Gordy's Athlete of the Week is Mallie Doucette, one of the Vikings leaders. SportScene 13's Jenn Chapman has more.
Doucette is a memorable last name in the Colfax basketball community and Mallie Doucette is their most recent noisemaker.
"She brings a ton of energy, she is a great leader on the court and she knows how to step up when she really needs to," says teammate, Alexis Rudi.
The last time the Vikings went to the state tournament it was 2008. Mallie was in 6th grade and a manager for the team as her older sisters Courtney and Samantha played for their dad. That year they lost in the first round, something that has stayed with Mallie to this day.
"I don't know, kind of put some passion in me, definitely. Ever since that day, I always wanted to make it to state," says Mallie.
Mallie leads the Vikings in points per game, assists and rebounds, something she credits to all the hours she has spent in the red and white gym.
"I've been in this gym with my dad since I was...I can't really remember...ever since I can remember, I guess. And being a manager and watching my sisters play, you kind of learn their mistakes and learn the roles."
The father-daughter relationship has positively impacted the entire team
"They are really together. They push us all very hard and it's just unbelievable how their chemistry is and it just kind of flows in with us," says teammate Taylor Shipman.
"Mallie is just a piece of the puzzle for us. You know, all our kids are important. And the thing that I respect and like about Mallie is she's a great teammate, she gets along with everybody, she doesn't care about stats or anything," says head coach and Mallie's father, Joe Doucette. "And I don't think any of our kids do. They really like each other, they really care for each other and they've been a team all the way."
A sentiment Mallie echos.
"Everyone has something that they do extremely well and we're all unselfish and we get along so well. In practice we're all so equal, nobody can score on anybody," Mallie says.