By Brady Ambrose
Some Caledonia history was written Dec. 21 when the Warriors crushed Wabasha-Kellogg 76-26 at Caledonia. With two free throws 16 seconds into the second half, Taylor Winjum broke the 1,000-point mark as a Warrior. Winjum needed 15 points to get to 1,000 and the senior nearly did it in the first half as she tallied 13 points in the first 18 minutes.
Caledonia jumped out to a 46-12 lead at the break. In their last four meetings with the Falcons, Caledonia has out-scored Wabasha-Kellogg 348-88, including a 103-31 win Dec. 22, 2011. Thursday’s game was more of the same.
Maddy Mullins scored 11 points in the first three minutes to lead the attack. Caledonia led 15-4 early and was never challenged by the Falcons.
Mullins hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the game, and Winjum hit another trey at the 9:17 mark to push Caledonia’s lead to 30-10 and give her nine points in the game. A basket by Fruechte pushed the lead to 34-10, and Winjum added two free throws with 3:16 left in the half for a 36-10 lead.
With 23 seconds left in the half Winjum scored again to give her 998 points, which also gave the Warriors a 34 point lead at the break.
“I would watch out for them in a couple years,” said Warrior coach Jimmy Westland. “He (Wabasha coach Rick Peterson) is coaching them hard.”
Westland added, “We wanted her to get 1,000 tonight, but we played it just like a normal game. Taylor is going to get 15 points anyway. We didn’t want her to press or feel nervous about it, but we really wanted her to get it at home.”
It didn’t take Winjum long to get her 1,000th point as the senior was fouled just 16 seconds into the second half and calmly sank two free throws to reach the mark. A basket by Fruechte pushed the lead to 58-15 with over 11 minutes to play, and a trey from Maria Doering extended Caledonia’s lead to 68-21 with five minutes left in the game.
Mullins led all scorers with 23 points, while Winjum added 20 and Fruechte nine with Doering scoring eight points.
“Everybody brought a good attitude tonight,” Westland said. “The communication was there. I think we played one of our better games, which is impressive when you know going in that it’s going to be a tougher game like this. Give Wabasha a couple years because they are doing the right stuff up there.”
Winjum admitted that she wasn’t aware she was getting close to 1,000 points, and said she doesn’t remember when she scored her first points of her varsity career.
“It’s a good accomplishment. They kept it a secret from me, but I knew I was kind of close. These are the kind of games where we need to stay focused because if we are up on a team like this it’s easy to relax, but I think we showed what we are capable of doing,” Winjum said.
The Caledonia girls’ basketball team continues to roll along and improved to 10-0 on the season with a 60-45 win over Spring Grove Thursday night at Spring Grove.
The Warriors, ranked number 6 in the state in the latest polls, got 18 points and 10 rebounds from Mullins. Winjum added 13 points, and Maria Fruechte chipped in eight points while grabbing 12 rebounds to put away the Lions (5-4).
Caledonia played La Crescent Friday night and will travel to Dover-Eyota Jan. 4.
Wabasha-Kellogg 12 14 — 26
Caledonia 46 30 — 76
WABASHA-KELLOGG (1-7, 1-6): Dale 2, Miller 2, Kotero 2, Collins 2, Nagel 6, Blaschko 4, Kanz 8.
CALEDONIA (9-0, 7-0): DeMorett 4, Fruechte 9, Mullins 23, Russert 4, Bichel 2, Doering 8, Winjum 20, Frank 6.
SPRING GROVE 45
CALEDONIA (60) Fruechte 8, Mullins 18, Rusert 5, Russert 6, Doering 6, Krause 2, Winjum 13, Frank 2.
SPRING GROVE (45) Mehus 4, Cross 9, Sand 8, Arneson 2, Ellingson 4, Bratland 5, Hansen 5, Folz 4, Johnson 2.