Warrior girls get big win over D-E and blast Wabasha-Kellogg 86-17

The Warriors’ Shannon Doering (35) and Lauren Rusert (11) moved in to slow down this D-E Eagle, as she moved down the lane towards the basket. Also shown is Caledonia’s Maddy Mullins. Photo by Zach Thomas

By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor

The Caledonia Warriors girls basketball team came up with a big win Friday night when they defeated Three Rivers Conference co-leader Dover-Eyota 65-62 at Eyota. Earlier in the week, Caledonia topped Wabasha-Kellogg 86-17.

“This was a very good win for us and much needed confidence builder,” coach Scott Sorenson said.  “We played well as a team, and everyone was able to contribute in some manner.

“Our girls really stepped up and met the challenge,” Sorenson continued. “We had a few things that we needed to do and the girls did that. I really liked it from a coaching standpoint as the situations we had to deal with where great. Close games make us better.”

The game between the Warriors (12-3-TRC) and the Eagles (12-2-TRC) was close from the opening tip-off to the final buzzer. Caledonia was able to scrap out a five-point 32-27 lead as the first half came to a close. But D-E fought back and out-scored the Warriors 35-33 in the second half. Fortunately, Caledonia was able to hang on for the big road win.

“This win also keeps us in contention for the conference crown and the number one seed going into the tournament,” Soreson pointed out.  “Seeds come out this Wednesday so we need to play well on Tuesday to lock up the number one seed. Either way we will host a first round game.”

The Warriors will host TRC-leading Southland (12-2) Feb. 14.

Taylor Winjum had the hot hand for the Warriors, as she scored 28 points. She also had two rebounds. Lauren Rusert added 11 points, and Maria Fruechte, with 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal, was the third Warrior to hit double figures. Carli Dahlberg added six points and two rebounds, Maddy Mullins had five points, eight rebounds and one steal, Shannon Doering had three points and four rebounds and Marie Doering had two points and one rebound.

The Warriors hit eight of 18 treys (44 percent), 19 of 25 free throws (76 percent) and 19 of 44 from the field (43 percent).

Warriors 86, W-K 17

The Warriors had little trouble with winless Wabasha-Kellogg on Feb. 6, as they soundly defeated the Eagles 86-17 at the local gym. The first time the two teams met, Caledonia drubbed W-K 103-31.

The Warriors took control of the game from the outset and led 54-9 at the half. Caledonia outscored W-K 32-8 for the 69-point margin of victory.

The Warriors completely outplayed the Eagles, as Caledonia had 38 rebounds and 27 steals, while giving the ball up just six times during the entire game.

Dahlberg led the Warriors in scoring with 20 points. She also had two steals and one rebound. Winjum added 16 points, three steals and one rebound. Fruechte had 16 points, eight rebounds, six steals and one assist. Mullins had a double-double with 11 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals. Hannah Russert was the fifth Warrior to hit double figures with 11 points. She also had eight rebounds, two steals and one assist. Lauren Rusert had seven points and four steals, Shannon Doering had four points two rebounds and one steal and Trece Frank had one point, one rebound and a steal.

The Warriors hit 11 of 28 treys (39 percent), 19 of 30 free throws (63 percent) and 28 of 75 from the field (37 percent).

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