By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor
The season came to an end for the Caledonia girls basketball team when they were knocked out of the play-offs with a 41-40 loss to Chatfield in the Section 1AA East Sub-section championship game.
The game between the #1 Warriors and #2 Gophers was a close affair from start to finish. Chatfield held a 21-20 lead at the half and then built up a 39-32 lead with 3:24 to play.
But the never-say-die Warriors responded with an 8-0 run for a 40-39 lead with a minute remaining in the game.
Chatfield was able to make one free throw to tie the game with 24 seconds left. During a scramble for a loose ball, Caledonia was whistled for a foul, sending Chatfield freshman Kirsten Keefe to the line with 1.5 second remaining in the game. Keefe missed the first free throw, but made the second for the one-point lead.
Caledonia had one more shot, but the ball rolled off the rim, ending Caledonia’s season and advancing the Gophers to the Section 1AA title game.
Coach Scott Sorenson had high praise for his team, pointing out that when they were down by seven points with just three-plus minutes to play, they didn’t give up and came back with the 8-0 run.
The Warriors hit 6 of 20 treys (30 percent), made 13 of 49 from the field (27 percent) and 8 of 16 free throws (50 percent). They had 19 turnovers for the game.
Taylor Winjum led the Warriors with 13 points. She had three steals, one assist and one rebound. Maddy Mullins had nine points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists, Lottie Augedahl had nine points and four rebounds, Maria Fruechte had five points, 16 rebounds, two steals, one blocked shot and one assist, Carli Dahlberg had three points, three assists and one steal and Trece Frank had one point, five rebounds, one steal and one assist.
The Warriors completed the season with a 19-9 record.
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