By Brady Ambrose
The Caledonia Argus
The Caledonia boys improved to 6-1 with a pair of wins last week as the Warriors beat Chatfield Dec. 17 and then Dover-Eyota Dec. 20. The win against D-E was Caledonia’s fifth straight since losing to Rushford-Peterson Dec. 3. The team used a 42-25 first-half advantage and then held on for a 71-61 win on the road.
Junior Kyle Sorenson led all scorers with 21 points, Colton Lampert added 14 and West Spier 12 in the win, as Caledonia hit six 3-pointers in the game and made 19 of 29 free throws. John Rowe scored 14 points to lead Dover-Eyota.
Caledonia opened up the week with a big win over Chatfield in a game that was rescheduled from Nov. 22, but the Warriors didn’t seem to mind the wait as they rolled to a 73-63 win over the Gophers. The Warriors used a quick start to jump out to a 7-0 lead and then extended the margin to an even dozen at 23-11 on a jumper by Lampert. The Gophers clawed their way back in the game and got within five points at 23-18 on a put-back from Jayme LaPlante, but the Warriors answered with a 5-0 run that was capped by a three from Owen King. Another 3-pointer, this one from Austin Bauer with 3:39 left in the first half, gave Caledonia a 41-26 lead, and the Warriors took a 44-31 lead into the break.
Caledonia coach Josh Diersen said, “We’re making the other team play fast, but they are shooting a lot of threes and there’s going to be some problems in zone rebounding. We have to get more aggressive on the boards; we gave up way too many defensive rebounds.”
Chatfield then stormed out at the start of the second half and cut the lead to 54-51 on the 3-pointer from Nate Skare, but Caledonia answered with a 13-3 run that extended the lead back to double-digits at 67-54 with 4:30 to play.
“Their shots were going in; they hit a couple of threes and we had to adjust,” Diersen said. “We had four of five possessions where we just settled for a jumper. Sometimes we fall in love with the three pointer a lot, but we have to learn when to attack and get to the bonus. We need to make shots at the end.”
The Gophers would trim the lead to single digits at 69-60 with 1:52 left but would get no closer as the Warriors won their fifth straight game.
West Spier scored 14 to lead the Warriors, and Lampert and Kyle Sorenson added 13 points each in the win.
Up next for Caledonia will be a game at Rushford against Spring Grove Friday at 6 p.m., followed by a match-up with La Crescent at Rushford Dec. 30 as part of the Rushford tournament.
Caledonia 42 29 – 71
D-E 25 36 – 61
Caledonia 71: Owen King 5, Seth Twite 6, Josh Nord 6, Colton Lampert 14, Gavin Schroeder 2, Kyle Sorenson 21, Austin Bauer 5, West Spier 12.
Dover-Eyota 61: John Rowe 14, Joe Riess 5, Brandon Jech 10, Ben Hintz 11, Gunnar Schwartz 6, Cole Martin 2, Travis Austin 13.