By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor
The Caledonia boys basketball team had another successful run of games, as they picked up two more Three Rivers Conference wins and a non-conference victory during a busy week.
On Feb. 6, the Warriors topped Wabasha-Kellogg 75-43 on the road, then beat Dover-Eyota 68-56 at home Friday night and hosted Waukon Saturday night, winning 67-59.
The three wins improved the Warriors’ TRC record to 10-6 and their season record to 14-7.
“It was a very good week for us,” coach Josh Diersen said. “We are working very hard to prepare for the tournament run. And the kids are really starting to play well together.”
Warriors 75, W-K 43
The Warriors stuck it to the home-standing W-K Falcons on Feb. 6. They jumped out to a quick lead and led by 14 points, 36-22 at the half. They out-scored W-K 39-21 in the second half for the 32-point margin of victory.
“We held W-K under 45 points for the game,” Diersen said. “When we held them to 22 points in the first half, I challenged the kids to hold them under 40. They came close.
“We shot very well in this game, hitting 12 of 30 treys for 40 percent,” Diersen continued. “Alex Varney made five of 10 treys for us and scored 21 points.”
Varney led the Warriors with 21 points. Josh Lampert had 18 points, seven assists, six steals and three rebounds. Nathan Rohrer had 10 points and three assists. Kennan Bruening added six points, three rebounds and three steals, Ryan Frank had six points, Ryan Eppen had four points and five rebounds, Willie Cordes had three points, four assists and three rebounds, Matt Petersen had three points and two rebounds, Eric Houdek had three points and one rebound and Sean Kearney had two points.
The Warriors made just one of six tries from the free throw line and shot 43 percent from the field. They had 27 rebounds and just nine turnovers.
Warriors 68, D-E 56
Friday night the Warriors hosted Dover-Eyota and sent the Eagles home with a 12-point loss.
Caledonia was up by 14 points, 36-22 at the half and forced D-E to foul late in the second half. The Warriors went to the line often in the second half and made 15 of 20 free throws.
Lampert led the Warriors with 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Eppen had 10 points and six rebounds, Bruening had nine points and three rebounds, Cordes had nine points (all free throws) and four rebounds. Rohrer had eight points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists, Varney had five points, five rebounds and three assists, Kevin Lapham had four points, Andy Kilger had three points and three rebounds, Petersen had two points and Houdek had one point.
The Warriors won the battle of the boards, as they had 36 rebounds, including 17 offensive boards. They had just 11 turnovers.
Warriors 67, Waukon 59
Saturday night the Warriors hosted their neighbors to the south and defeated Waukon 67-59.
Caledonia was up 31-20 at the half, but the visitors out-scored the Warriors 39-36 in the second half. The game wasn’t as close as the score indicated, as Waukon went on a run and scored 15 points in the closing minutes of the game.
“This was our third game of the week, and it showed. We got tired towards the end of the game,” Diersen said. “When we got the big lead, we went into a stall, they fouled us, we would make one free throw, but miss the second and they’d score a two or a three.
“I was proud of the way the kids played. Waukon has a good team. We had a great week and this was a good way to end it,’ Diersen added.
Lampert led the Warriors with 16 points, five steals, four assists and two rebounds. Rohrer added 14 points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists. Kilger was the third Warrior to hit double figures with 10 points. Cordes added eight points, four rebounds and four assists, Lapham had five points, Eppen had four points, Houdek had four points and three rebounds, Varney had three points, six rebounds and three assists and Bruening had three points and four rebounds.
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