Warriors begin quest for return trip to state with 86-54 win over La Crescent

Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus Young Eli King is getting key playing time which bodes well for his future on the Warrior boys basketball team.
Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus
Young Eli King is getting key playing time which bodes well for his future on the Warrior boys basketball team.

By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

All three King brothers got their names in the box score as they in total scored 54 of the Warriors’ points in an opening round playoff win over La Crescent.

The Kings alone would’ve tied the Lancers team as they won 86-54.

Freshman Noah King led all scorers with 30 points in the win. He had 16 of the Warriors 41 first half points.

Junior Owen King scored 19 points in the win and in mop up duty, young Eli King, 7th grade, scored five points.

The Warriors jumped out to an early lead but La Crescent kept things respectable and only trailed by five at the break, 41-36.

Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus Tate Meiners drives to the hole.
Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus
Tate Meiners drives to the hole.

But like the last time these two teams faced, the half-time adjustments were too much for the Lancers and the Warriors defense clamped down holding them to just 18 points in the second half.

Sam Barthel continued his nice run and scored 15 points in the win.

Marten Morem whose size will be relied upon as the competition gets tougher for the Warriors, put up nine points.

Morem also pulled down nine rebounds in the win.

Andrew Goergen and Tate Meiners scored four and one points respectively.

Jordan Burg and Thomas Jergenson had one and two points respectively.

The 1AA first round action saw Lewiston-Altura defeat Hayfield, 51-40.

The win sets up a show down on Tuesday, March 7 against the Cardinals.

The Warriors have twice defeated Lewiston-Altura, 73-55 on Dec. 20 and again on Feb. 14, 83-55.

Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus Senior Nick Logging lines up his shot from beyond the arc.
Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus
Senior Nick Logging lines up his shot from beyond the arc.

Information from that game will be published in next week’s Caledonia Argus.

Elsewhere in the top half of the brackets in round one, #4 Pine Island defeated #13 Cannon Falls, 80-54. The #5 seed Rochester Lourdes defeated #12 Dover-Eyota, 59-46.

The Warriors played Lewiston-Altura at 6 p.m. at the Mayo Civic Arena.

On the bottom half of the bracket in round one, #2 seed Saint Charles defeated #15 Kenyon-Wanamingo, 77-38. The #7 seeded Plainview-Elgin-Millville defeated Triton (#10) 60-41. #3 Lake City defeated #14 Cotter, 78-36, and the #6 seeded Zumbrota-Mazeppa defeated the #11 seeded Gophers of Chatfield, 76-57.

Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus Sophomore Arick Bauer attempts to lock down the La Crescent guard.
Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus
Sophomore Arick Bauer attempts to lock down the La Crescent guard.