The Caledonia girls made a valliant effort but came up short when they lost 64-55 at P-E-M (23-4) in the 1AA tournament Feb. 27.
The Warriors finish the season with an 8-18 overall record under first-year head coach Kevin Klug. Despite the loss to the #10 ranked team in the state, Klug praised the play of his young squad, who led 19-18 with four minutes to play in the first half.
“We played our best defensive game of the season. The girls were physical and aggressive,” Klug said. But the Bulldogs took advantage of a basket full of turnovers by the Warriors and used a 13-3 run over the final four minutes of the half to break the game open and led 32-21 at the break.
“The turnovers we had that led to layups for them in those four minutes was the difference. We played right there with them for 32 minutes, but the run they went on to end the first half ended up being too much,” Klug said.
Jordyn Krause led Caledonia with 16 points in the loss, while Sam Schroeder added 12 and Mariah Schroeder 11. Sarah Hart led all scorers with 21 points for the Bulldogs. “I give Plainview credit. They are the #10 ranked team in the state for a reason. I was proud of how hard we played and how our bench was talking and cheering for their teammates. That is something that has to be routine next season.” The Warriors will bring back their entire roster next year as there are no seniors on the squad.
– Brady Ambrose