Warrior girls finish regular season with two losses, play-offs begin February 24

Warrior senior Shannon Doering moved into the lane in front of three Southland defenders. Photo by Zach Thomas

By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor

The Caledonia girls basketball team finished out the regular season on a down note, as they dropped their final two games before the upcoming play-offs.

The Warriors missed a chance for another Three Rivers Conference title when they lost to Southland 54-47 on Feb. 14 and then dropped a non-conference game two nights later against Stewartville 60-39.

The Warriors finished the TRC schedule with a 12-4 record and their season record stands at 17-8.

Caledonia did receive the number seed in the Section 1AA East Sub-section. They will host #8 seed Wabasha-Kellogg this Friday night at 7 p.m.

Southland 54, Warriors 47

The Southland Rebels dashed Caledonia’s hopes of another TRC title when they defeated the Warriors for the second time this season 54-47 in Caledonia last Tuesday night.

With the win, Southland claimed the TRC title and finished the regular season with a 22-2 record.

The visiting Rebels jumped out to an early lead, which was 10 points, 32-22 at the half.

The Warriors made a run at the Rebels in the second half, outscoring Southland 25-22, but it was too little, too late, as the Warriors dropped their fourth TRC game of the year.

The Warriors had a cold night shooting, as they made just 2 of 17 treys (12 percent) and 17 of 53 from the field (32 percent). They did shoot their free throws at a better pace, making 11 of 18 (61 percent). They had 14 turnovers in the game.

Taylor Winjum led the way for the Warriors with 15 points. Maria Fruechte had 11 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Maddy Mullins had five points, four rebounds and one steal, Shannon Doering had four points and four rebounds, Marie Doering had three points and two rebounds, Trece Frank had three points, Lauren Rusert had two points, two rebounds and two steals, Hannah Russert had two points, four rebounds and one steal and Carli Dahlberg had two points, four steals and three rebounds.

The Warriors’ Trece Frank (24) fought for a rebound with a Southland player. Photo by Zach Thomas

Stewartville 60, Warriors 39

The Warriors traveled to Stewartville Thursday night to take on a tough Tiger team and returned home with a 21-point loss.

The Tigers led 33-22 at the half and outscored the Warriors 27-17 in the second half.

Winjum led the Warriors with 25 points. She also had two steals. Fruechte added eight points and five rebounds, Mullins had five points and four rebounds and Frank was the fourth Warrior to score with one point and one rebound. Russert had two rebounds and two steals, Dahlberg had two steals and Rusert had one rebound.

The Warriors made just 9 of 43 shots from the field (21 percent), but did hit 6 of 16 treys (38 percent). They were 15 of 24 from the charity line. They had 12 turnovers in the game.

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