By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor
The Caledonia girls basketball team improved their conference record to 9-2 on Jan. 17 when they defeated Three Rivers conference foe Plainview-Elgin-Millville 46-42 on the road and then lost a non-conference game to neighboring Waukon by 19 points Saturday.
Warriors 46, PEM 42
The first half was a low scoring affair with the Warriors holding an 18-15 lead.
Caledonia out-scored the Bulldogs 28-27 in the second half for the four-point win.
Due to injuries and sickness, the Warriors only had eight girls suited up for the game. Head coach Scott Sorenson utilized all eight players.
“This was a tight game from beginning to end,” Sorenson noted. “We really stayed focused and played well down the stretch. I was proud of the girls as they really stepped up in the last three to four minutes of the game to squeak out the win.
“Our defense really played well towards the end of the game,” the coach added. “We need to keep getting better defensively as that is what is going to really help this team.
“We are still inconsistent on the offensive end, which gives us all the more reason to play well on the defensive end.”
Maddy Mullins led the Warrior attack, as she recorded a double-double. Mullins scored 15 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and had one assist.
Carli Dahlberg also netted 15 points and had two rebounds and two steals.
Taylor Winjum was the third Warrior to hit double figures with 10 points. She had four rebounds and one steal.
Lauren Rusert chipped in four points, had two steals, one rebound and one assist. Samantha Colleran had two points, one steal and one assist. While she didn’t score any points, Hannah Russert pulled down five rebounds, had two steals, one assist and one blocked shot. Shannon Doering pulled down three rebounds and had one assist and Lottie Augedahl had two steals and one rebound.
The Warriors made 13 of 22 free throws (59 percent), made 16 of 50 field goals (32 percent) and made 1 of 7 treys (14 percent).
They did a good job of taking care of the ball with just nine turnovers.
Waukon 50, Warriors 31
The Warriors traveled south to Waukon Saturday night and returned home with a 19-point loss.
Waukon jumped out to an early lead, led by 20 points, 34-14 at the half and cruised in for the 50-31 win.
“This was not a very good game for us as Waukon proved to be stronger and faster than us and beat us in all facets of the game,” Sorenson said. “We really did not come ready to play. The intensity was not there. We are in desperate need of consistent scoring and leaders to step up. Hopefully this will be a wake up call and we will want to get better and learn from this game.”
Winjum led the Warriors in scoring with 12 points. She also had three rebounds and one steal. Mullins added 11 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal. Rusert had five points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist, Augedahl had two points, and Russert had one point, five rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots to round out the scoring for Caledonia.
There will be plenty of opportunities to watch the Warriors in action this week. On Jan. 24 they host Kingsland, on Jan. 27 Chatfield comes to town and on Jan. 28 the girls host La Crosse Logan.
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