By Brady Ambrose
The Caledonia girls improved to 5-0 in the early going of the 2012-13 basketball season with three wins last week. On Dec. 4 the Warriors edged Winona 52-46, and then on Dec. 7 the team steam-rolled Kingsland 64-22 at Caledonia High School. On Saturday the Warriors picked up a 52-42 win at Pine Island after Taylor Winjum took control of the game and scored seven points in the last minute to secure the win.
At Pine Island the teams battled to a 20-20 tie at the break before the Warriors gradually were able to pull away with Winjum leading Caledonia with 15 points and Maria Fruechte adding 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Caledonia, ranked #8 in the state, took advantage of some poor ball handling by the Winhawks Tuesday night, who were guilty of turning the ball over 32 times in the game. Winjum finished with a game-high 18 points on 4-18 shooting from the floor, including three 3-point baskets and seven free throws. Maria Fruechte added 11 points, and Maddy Mullins and Lauren Rusert added 10 points each in the win.
On Friday night the Warriors had little trouble with the visiting Knights when they jumped out to a 40-13 halftime lead and rolled to an easy, 42-point win over Kingsland. The Knights led 4-3 in the early going but the Warriors then went on a 37-9 run to close out the first half and never looked back. Winjum scored 13 points in the first half to match the Knights. After the Warriors took a 22-12 lead the Knights called a time out, but Caledonia showed little mercy when they outscored Kingsland 13-0 before a free throw from Kingsland’s Hannah Ramaker stopped a nearly seven minute scoreless period for the Knights. Kingsland attempted a rally and trailed by only six at 18-12 with 6:48 to play in the first half.
A steal and basket by Winjum made the score 22-12 and the senior added two free throws for a 28-12 lead. A minute later Winjum drained a 3-pointer, stole the ball and scored again to push the lead to 33-12. A pair of free throws from Marie Doering gave the Warriors a 40-13 lead at the break.
Caledonia used a 10-2 run to open up the second half to take a 50-15 lead and the running clock soon came into play. A basket by Winjum pushed the lead to 56-19 with 7:45 to play and Caledonia was able to rotate in every player on the team the rest of the way with 10 of the 11 players on the team scoring in the win.
Caledonia hosted Chatfield Tuesday night and will then travel to Saint Charles Friday night.
CALEDONIA 52, WINONA 46
Winona 21 25 — 46
Caledonia 27 25 — 52
Winona (0-4): Blacklock 16, Scharmer 11, Milek 10, Kosidowski 4, Conway 3, Eddy 2.
Caledonia (3-0): Winjum 18, Mullins 15, Rusert 10, Fruechte 9, Russert 10
CALEDONIA 64, KINGSLAND 22
Kingsland 13 9 – 22
Caledonia 40 24 – 64
Kingsland: Losey 9, Pierce 2, Bornholdt 3, Ramaker 1, Hamersma 4, Thompson 1, Tart 2.
Caledonia: DeMorett 2, Fruechte 14, Mullins 10, Rusert 1, Russert 5, Bichel 2, Doering 4, Krause 3, Winjum 19, Frank 4.
CALEDONIA 52, PINE ISLAND 42
Caledonia 20 32 – 52
Pine Island 20 22 – 42
Caledonia: Fruechte 13, Mullins 6, Rusert 9, Russert 5, Doering 4, Winjum 13.
Pine Island: Newton 6, Heeren 2, Finstuen 15, Fokken 9, Heeren 3, Shelton 7.