By Brady Ambrose
After dropping four games to start the season, including the first two by a combined seven points, the Caledonia girls basketball team and coach Kevin Klug picked up win number one when they throttled Lewiston-Altura 75-35 at home Friday night.
Maybe Friday the 13th is a good day for the Warriors, as they exploded out of the blocks and raced to a 46-11 halftime lead and never looked back.
“That win was good for us,” Klug said after the game. “The girls have been working so hard and it makes it so much better in a win.”
The hard work showed in the early going when Caledonia held the Cardinals scoreless until the 9:47 mark when Emelia Schindeldecker scored for L-A. Led by freshman Mariah Schroeder and junior Brenna Werner, Caledonia led 20-0 at the 11:54 mark and extended the lead to 30-2 on a steal and layup from Schroeder, who scored 16 points in the first half with Werner adding 11 more.
Schroeder hit a trey with 5:42 left in the half to put the Warriors up 35-6 and then hit another one two minutes later. Caledonia took a 35 point lead into the break. “We’ve been working a lot on shooting,” Klug said, “We’re going to have to knock down shots because we’re going to face teams a lot taller than us.”
The Warriors came out at the start of the second half and quickly left little doubt about the outcome when Jordyn Krause hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Lydia DeMorett hit another one to give Caledonia a 62-18 lead with 12:35 to play. “We shot well and had 17 steals and turned those steals into points. I thought all the girls played very unselfishly and everyone contributed. We need to continue to play that way,” Klug said.
Maria Schroeder led all scorers with 18 points, and Werner and Krause added 15 each.
Caledonia started the week with a tough trip to Southland where the Warriors fell 90-69 to the Rebels. Klug said, “We struggled with the pressure Southland put on us, but that is on me. I didn’t have the girls prepared for that. We will get that corrected.”
Mariah Schroeder scored 19 to lead Caledonia, and Sam Schroeder chipped in 14 more for the Warriors.
Caledonia will play Dover-Eyota at home Friday night after traveling to Winona Dec. 17.
L-A 11 24 — 35
Caledonia 46 29 — 75
L-A (1-4, 0-4): Emelia Schindeldecker 8, Alyssa Ellinghuysen 2, Blair Schilling 7, Holly McElmury 10, Chaniah Rinn 4, Haili Cady 2, Jenny Beyer 2.
CALEDONIA (1-4, 1-3): Lydia DeMorett 5, Tracy Felten 3, Mariah Schroeder 18, Brenna Werner 15, Jordyn Krause 15, Sierra Olinger 6, Hannah Cuda 7, Sam Schroeder 6.
Southland 68 22 — 90
Caledonia 24 44 — 68
SOUTHLAND (2-2): Caitlin W. 20, Kendra K. 14, Sydney B. 12,
Caitlin K. 14, McKenzie K. 10, Morgan S. 8, Olivia G. 8, Ashley B. 2, Maddie W. 2.
CALEDONIA (0-4, 0-3): Mariah Schroeder 19, Sam Schroeder 14, Jordyn Krause 13, Lydia DeMorrett 5, Tracy Felten 3, Brenna Werner 5, Hannah Cuda 7, Alexis King 2, Hannah Bolduan 1.