Girls shooting for trip to state

The Caledonia girls celebrate after beating Cotter 73-60 Saturday. ~ Becky Fruechte

The Caledonia girls celebrate after beating Cotter 73-60 Saturday.
~ Becky Fruechte

Led by a pair of monster games from seniors Taylor Winjum and Maddy Mullins, the Caledonia girls won their fifth subsection crown in the last seven years with a 73-60 win over Cotter Saturday at the Mayo Civic Center. Winjum and Mullins each scored 27 points and combined to grab 17 rebounds. The Warriors improved to 22-7 going into Thursday night’s Section 1AA championship game at 6 p.m. in Rochester. The Warriors were section champs four times in the last six seasons and won the 2009 state championship.

The team led 37-32 at halftime after Mullins scored 17 and Winjum added nine in the first 18 minutes. Coming off her worst effort of the season, a four point performance in the semi-final overtime win against P-E-M last week, Winjum hit three straight 3-pointers in the first half and the Warriors as a team hit a half dozen from beyond the arc in the first 18 minutes.

But Cotter hung around anyway. Trailing 37-32 at the break, the Ramblers went on an 8-3 run and tied the game at 40-40 with 5-30 left in the game.

The Warriors took full advantage of the four fouls Paige Gernes and Jo Beyer each racked up and made 13 of 14 free-throw attempts in the second half (18-25 in the game) to get the win.

Maddy Mullins steals the ball during Caledonia’s win over Cotter Saturday at the Mayo Civic Center. ~ Becky Fruechte

Maddy Mullins steals the ball during Caledonia’s win over Cotter Saturday at the Mayo Civic Center.
~ Becky Fruechte

On Monday the Warriors met P-E-M for the third time this season, and again it came down to the wire with the Warriors edging the Bulldogs 64-61 in an overtime thriller. Mullins scored a game-high 22 points, including five in overtime, and Maria Doering came off the bench and added 14 points, all in the second half, making six of nine shots, including two 3-pointers. Maria Fruechte scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds, nine blocks, two steals and an assist before fouling out near the end of regulation when she was called for a charging foul. Doering scored five of the Warriors 10 points in overtime.

Caledonia will now play Pine Island in the 1AA championship game at 6 p.m. Thursday. Pine Island edged Dover-Eyota 56-55 Saturday, and the Panthers, who lost to Caledonia 52-42 in the fourth game of the season Dec. 8, have won 22 of 25 games since that loss.

 

– Brady Ambrose

  

 

CALEDONIA 73,
COTTER 60

 

COTTER (13-14)

Gernes 20, Stenzel 4, K. Bowlin 6, Beyer 10, Charron 10, G. Bowlin 10, Spiten 0, Nelton 0, Vaselaar 0, Weifenbach 0.

Totals: 25-58 4-9 60.

CALEDONIA (22-7)

Fruechte 6, Mullins 27, L. Rusert 2,

H. Russert 3, Winjum 27, Doering 8.

Totals: 23-51 18-25 73.

 

Cotter 32 28 — 60

Caledonia 37 36 — 73

3-point goals — Cotter 4-7 (K. Bowlin 2-3, G. Bowlin 2-4), Caledonia 9-19 (Mullins 4-7, L. Rusert 0-2, Winjum 5-9, Doering 0-1).

Rebounds — Cotter 25 (Charron 7), Caledonia 38 (Fruechte, Mullins 8).

Assists — Cotter 11 (Gernes 5), Caledonia 8 (L. Rusert 5).

Total fouls — Cotter 21, Caledonia 15.

Turnovers — Cotter 13, Caledonia 19.

 

Caledonia 64,
P-E-M 61 OT

 

PLAINVIEW-ELGIN-MILLVILLE (61)

Cordova 2, Schad 1, Rau 0, Hubbard 11, Root 12, Hart 21, Holtz 2.

CALEDONIA (64)

Fruechte 16, Mullins 22, Rusert 6, Doering 14, Winjum 4, Frank 2.

Halftime: P-E-M 27, CAL 24.

Free throws: P-E-M 16-25, CAL 6-13.

Three-point goals: P-E-M 4 (Root 2, Hart 1, Hubbard 1), CAL 8 (Mullins 3, L. Rusert 2, Doering 2, Fruechte 1).

 

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