The Caledonia girls finished the regular season by winning two of their final three games to end the year with a 14-6 conference record and 19-7 overall mark. The 19-7 mark has earned Caledonia a #2 seed in the Class AA section 1 east subsection where they will host #7 seeded Wabasha-Kellogg Thursday at 7 p.m. Thursday night winners move on to Monday’s semifinals in Rochester at the Mayo Civic Center.
On Feb. 12 the Warriors lost a 72-70 overtime thriller at Southland after the Rebels made 25 of 34 free throws in the game, while Caledonia shot just 21 attempts from the charity stripe, making 13. Southland improved 19-1 in the conference and 23-3 overall despite the great effort by the Warriors, who got 20 points from Taylor Winjum, 18 from Maddy Mullins, 16 from Lauren Rusert and 10 from Maria Fruechte in the loss.
On Valentine’s Day Caledonia hosted St. Charles and rolled to a 61-42 win over the Saints. The Warriors led 27-17 at the break after Maria Fruechte scored eight points in the half with Winjum adding seven more. But Caledonia pulled away in the second half when Winjum scored 15 points in the final 18 minutes to finish with 23 for the game.
The Caledonia defense held St. Charles scoreless until the 11:35 mark of the second half when Jessica Brubaker scored for a 40-21 Caledonia lead. A basket from Fruechte made the score 45-28 with 7:33 to go, and the Warriors cruised to the win. Coach Jimmy Westland said after the game, “I thought we played better in the second half than we did in the first. We took our effort to another level in the second half. We played probably one of our best games of the year at Southland in that overtime loss, and the kids fought through it tonight.”
On Friday Fillmore-Central traveled to Caledonia and probably wishes they hadn’t after the Warriors jumped out to a 44-14 halftime lead and rolled to a 70-23 win. Taylor Winjum scored 20 points in the first half and finished with a game-high 24 to lead all scorers, while Fruechte added 3 and Mullins 10 more. Fillmore Central had just three players score in the game with Morgan Malley scoring 12, Jordan O’Connor eight and Kenzie Broadwater 3.
– Brady Ambrose
Thursday, Feb. 21
No. 8 Lewiston-Altura (3-23) at No. 1 Chatfield (17-7), 7 p.m.
No. 5 La Crescent (7-18) at No. 4 Winona Cotter (11-14), 7 p.m.
No. 7 Wabasha-Kellogg (3-21) at No. 2 Caledonia (19-7), 7 p.m.
No. 6 St. Charles (6-20) at No. 3 Plainview-Elgin-Millville (17-8), 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 25
Semifinals at Mayo Arena
Upper bracket winners, 6 p.m.
Lower bracket winners, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 2
Final at Mayo Auditorium
Semifinal winners, 11 a.m.
Thursday, March 7
at Mayo Arena
East winner vs. West winner, 6 p.m.
Caledonia 70, Fillmore Central 23
FILLMORE CENTRAL (23)
Morgan Malley 12, Jordan O’Connor 8, Kenzie Broadwater 3.
Maria Fruechte 13, Maddy Mullins 10, Lauren Rusert 2, Ashley Bichel 6, Marie Doering 8, Taylor Winjum 24, Trece Frank 1, McKenzie Denstad 6.
Free throws: FC 2-8, CAL 12-24.
Caledonia 61, St. Charles 42
ST. CHARLES (42)
Cloe Spaeth 4, Carolyn Shanahan 2, Jessica Brubaker 19, Abby Ludens 15, Anna Hershey 2.
Lydia DeMorett 2, Maria Fruechte 11, Maddy Mullins 5, Lauren Rusert 8, Hannah Russert 2, Marie Doering 4, Jordyn Krause 1, Taylor Winjum 23, Trece Frank 4, McKenzie Denstad 1.
Free throws: STC 10-17, CAL 12-20.
Southland 72, Caledonia 70
Maria Fruechte 10, Maddy Mullins 18, Lauren Rusert 16, Hannah Russert 1, Marie Doering 3, Taylor Winjum 20, M Denstad 2.
Elizabeth May 9, Jana Schammel 17, Hilary Bottema 2, Haley Kirkpatrick 11, Megan Mullenbach 9, Mckenzie Kirtz 24.
Free throws: CAL 13-21, SOU 25-34.