An early-season battle between two of the top 10 ranked teams in the state didn’t turn out as well as Caledonia had hoped after the Warriors lost their first game of the season, 69-61 at Dover-Eyota Jan. 4.
D-E, ranked 8th in class AA, improved to 13-0 on the season and took sole possession of first place in the Three Rivers Conference with a perfect 8-0 record, while Caledonia, ranked #6, falls into a second-place tie with Southland with both teams posting 7-1 marks.
The Warriors led by 13 points from Marie Doering in the first half, held a slim 32-30 lead at the break, but the Eagles went on a 28-12 run and took a 58-44 lead after hitting five 3-pointers to put the game away. Doering led Caledonia with 19 points in the game, and Maddy Mullins scored 16 and grabbed six rebounds for the Warriors. Sarah Pease scored 20 points for Dover-Eyota. Doering came off the bench for Caledonia and made six of seven shots in the first half for Caledonia, who also got 10 points from Lauren Rusert.
Up next for Caledonia will be a game at Fillmore-Central Thursday, Jan. 10. The Warriors hosted Southland Tuesday night at Caledonia High School, and on Jan. 14 the Warriors travel to Rushford-Peterson.
– Brady Ambrose
CALEDONIA: Fruechte 5, Mullins 16, Rusert 10, Russert 2, Doering 19, Winjum 7, Frank 2.
DOVER-EYOTA: Blattner 11, Pease 20, Ratz 0, Simes 7, Tiedemann 0, Horn 13, Zeitler 7, Ihrke 7, Tiedemann 6.