As the regular season winds down, the Caledonia girls enter the final week of the season on a high note after having won three of their last four. It will be an exciting week of basketball for the team with several home games scheduled.
The Warriors improved to 7-11 overall with two wins and a loss last week when they beat Lewiston-Altura Monday 66-52 and then beat Kingsland 66-49 Wednesday night before losing at Dover-Eyota 87-51 Feb. 7 as the Eagles improved to 18-2 on the season.
The Warriors got 26 points from Mariah Schroeder at Lewiston and 22 more from Jordyn Krause in the win after they jumped out to a 45-31 lead at the break and cruised to the win. “We didn’t play our best game by any means, but Jordyn was hot and we got her the ball and found a way to win,” coach Kevin Klug said.
Caledonia then avenged an early season loss to Kingsland after they won by 17 points on the road. The Knights handed the Warriors a 61-60 loss Dec. 5 at Caledonia when Kingsland freshman Gracie Schmidt scored her only points of the game with time running out to secure the win for Kingsland. “It was nice to get that one, especially by 17 points,” Klug said. “It shows us that we are improving and working hard,” Klug added about the win. “We had 22 steals and were able to make them uncomfortable. We didn’t shoot well, but Brenna Werner stepped up in the first half for us with 12 points.” Mariah Schroeder scored 22 points and had six steals with Sam Schroeder scoring 19 and pulling down 12 rebounds.
The Warriors ended the week at D-E and couldn’t get much going. “We let their press bother us and just didn’t rebound well enough to keep it close. We have to do better taking care of the ball. We have five games next week against teams that love to press,” Klug said.
The five games for the Warriors this week are all home games with Chatfield coming to town Monday night, followed by P-E-M at CHS Tuesday night. On Thursday the Warriors host Southland, and then Friday Wabasha-Kellogg comes to town. Saturday the team takes on Cotter at 6:30 p.m.
– Brady Ambrose