By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
Going into the game against Lake City, senior Mariah Schroeder needed just eight points to tie and nine to become outright Caledonia’s all-time leading scorer in girls basketball.
Mariah got to nine early as she had 18 points in the first half and finished with 26 points in the 75-55 win over Lake City in the opening round of the post season.
Schroeder led all scorers on the night and had a complete game for the Warriors.
The total brought her up to 1,737 points for her career with the opportunity to add to that on Monday night against Rochester Lourdes.
The Warriors led early and often against the Tigers, pulling away by 10, then 11.
At the half, they led by 20 after the Tigers had closed to within nine points with about three minutes to play in the half.
Head coach Kevin Klug called a time out and made a few adjustments and the Warriors responded with nice buckets by Katie Tornstrom and a nice drive to the hoop and score by Abby Bauer who finished with eight points.
The Warriors pulled away and led by 20 points at the half, 43-23 and kept the pressure on for much of the start of the second half.
Schroeder would add eight points to finish the night with her 26.
Tornstrom topped the 20 point mark, finishing with 20 points on the night.
Kylie Shefelbine had two points, Amber Conniff finished with three points. She got into foul trouble early and was forced to sit for much of the first half.
Ashley Schroeder finished with 10 points and Alyssa Meiners had three points.
Heidi Bolduan rounded out the scoring for the Warriors with three points.
The win meant the Warriors traveled to Rochester to face Rochester Lourdes at the Mayo Civic Center on Monday, Feb. 27.
Lourdes defeated La Crescent, 79-31.
Information from the game against Lourdes will be included in next week’s issue as it will have been played after this issue went to press.
“The girls did a great job of moving the ball and taking open shots and not forcing, Abby was aggressive on offense, we had six different girls make a three pointer and that really put a lot of pressure on their defense as they couldn’t just focus on Mariah and Katie. Mariah had 26 pts, 11 rebounds, five steals and six assists and really played an all-around great game, and I thought Katie as well made some great plays; she had some nice finishes around the rim and kicked the ball out to open shooters when she was double and triple teamed,” said head coach Kevin Klug. “Our team defense and energy was great, we didn’t allow them many open looks and were able to force a bunch of turnovers.”
Mariah Schroeder: 26 pts
Katie Tornstrom: 20 pts
Ashley Schroder: 10 pts
Abby Bauer: 8 pts
Alyssa Meiners: 3 pts
Heidi Bolduan: 3 pts
Amber Conniff: 3 pts
Kyley Shefelbine: 2 pts