By Brady Ambrose
The Caledonia girls continue to look for a way to get back in the win column after they dropped two games last week, losing to Winona Dec. 17 at Winona and then falling to Dover-Eyota at home Friday night.
The Warriors faced one of the better teams in the area in the Eagles Friday at Caledonia Elementary School as D-E, with a perfect 8-0 record, are ranked #7 in the state in the latest Class 2AA poll. Led by 24 points from Megan Hintz, D-E rolled to an 88-55 win over Caledonia. Head coach Kevin Klug said, “Dover is one of the best teams in the area; we were only down 27-16 with six minutes left in the first half, then we let them go on a run.”
The Eagles used an 18-2 run to close out the first half and took a 45-18 lead at halftime, but the Warriors scored 37 points in the second half and were only outscored by six points, 43-37 in the final 18 minutes. “We showed we can play with the best but just have to put a complete game together. Lydia (DeMorett) played hard for us; she had six offensive rebounds against a much taller team, and she found the open shooters in transition. As a team, we had our best passing game. We handled their press and got open looks,” Klug said. Sam Schroeder led Caledonia with 19 points; Jordyn Krause added 12 and Mariah Schroeder tossed in 10 points.
Caledonia opened the week at Winona, losing 66-46 as the Warriors fell behind in the early going 17-6 and never recovered. The Winhawks used a tough pressure defense that forced the Warriors to commit 24 turnovers in the game. “We need to continue to work on our passing; we had 24 turnovers,” Klug said. “When you miss out on that many possessions against a good team it’s hard to win.” Winona led by 17 points at halftime.
“I thought Sam played her best game of the season. They were tall and strong but she posted up strong, and is starting to get her shots to fall,” Klug said. Schroeder finished with 16 points in the game to lead the Warriors and also added nine rebounds. Brenna Werner finished with 10 points, and Mariah Schroeder chipped in nine for Caledonia.
The Warriors will play Spring Grove at home Thursday night and host La Crescent Saturday night. Both games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. start time.