By Brady Ambrose
Although it’s still early in the season, one thing is beginning to take shape – the Caledonia girl’s basketball team can put up some numbers. The Warriors improved to 7-0 over the week with a pair of wins, beating Chatfield 50-36 Dec. 11 and then hammering St. Charles 76-40 Dec. 14.
In their seven wins so far the Warriors are averaging just a hair less than 60 points per game (59.14) while holding their opponents to 39.3 points per game. Caledonia tore apart St. Charles Friday night at St. Charles when five different players scored in double-figures. Taylor Winjum scored 16 to lead all scorers in the game with Maddy Mullins and Lauren Rusert scoring 12 points each and Marie Doering and Maria Fruechte tossing in 10 points apiece.
Caledonia jumped out to a 22 point lead at halftime, leading 45-23 at the break, and then out-scored the Saints 31-17 in the second half to roll to the win. The Warriors shot 50 percent from the floor and also made 10 of 12 free throws.
Caledonia opened the week with a tough win over Chatfield at home Dec. 11. “They’ve been working hard and they continue to work hard and the hard work will carry you through,” said coach Jimmy Westland. “We didn’t play our greatest games – and the girls will say that in a second – but we found a way to win and they should be proud. We just beat Chatfield by 14 points.”
The first half was a dog fight with the two teams battling the entire half. Trailing 11-7 Caledonia knotted the score at 11-11 on a basket from Mullins at the 8:32 mark. A free throw from Fruechte gave Caledonia an 18-15 lead, and a 3-pointer from Winjum at the 2:04 mark pushed the Warrior lead to 23-19. But the Saints answered when Kirsten Keefe hit a trey that pulled Chatfield within a point at 23-22 with 78 seconds left in the first half.
Clinging to the one-point lead the Warriors went on an 8-1 run to start the second half and grabbed a 31-23 lead when Winjum hit back-to-back 3-pointers less than five minutes into the second half. Caledonia then extended their lead to 42-30 before a basket by Chatfield’s Maddy Talamantes stopped the Caledonia run with 3:41 left to play in the game. Mullins hit a pair of free throws to give the Warriors a 46-32 lead with 2:41 left, and a basket by Chatfield’s Karlee Moulton made the final 50-36. “We’ve got a long way to go, but the kids have really bought into what we’re trying to do,” Westland said. “Four games in eight days and we have won four games – it’s all about putting the work in.”
Taylor Winjum again led Caledonia, this time with 21 points, with Mullins adding 10. After traveling to Lewiston-Altura Monday the Warriors will take part in the Spring Grove Invitational Dec. 27 through 29.
CALEDONIA 76, ST. CHARLES 40
Caledonia 45 31 – 76
St. Charles 23 17 – 40
CALEDONIA: Fruechte 10, Mullins 12, Rusert 12, Russert 6, Bichel 2, Doering 10, Krause 3, Winjum 16, Frank 5.
ST. CHARLES: Spaeth 5, Shanahan 2, Brubaker 9, Ludens 10, Hershey 4, Sikkink 10.
CALEDONIA 50, CHATFIELD 36
Chatfield 22 14 — 36
Caledonia 23 27 — 50
CHATFIELD: Keefe 7, S. Irish 2, Moulton 2, Talamanbef 6, McDonald 4, B. Irish 5, Miller 10.
CALEDONIA: Doering 1, Fruechte 7, Mullins 10, Russert 4, Rusert 5, Frank 2, Winjum 21