March 18, 2019 05:02 PM
(ABC 6 News) - In Thursday’s Class AA girls’ basketball state tournaments semifinals, the four-seed Caledonia Warriors were looking to upset the top-seed Roseau Rams to advance to the championship.
And that’s just what they did. The Warriors lived up to their name and fought their way back from a halftime deficit to take down the Rams 65-55.
Lead change after lead change in the first half, the Rams finally found a way to separate themselves. Going into halftime, Roseau led Caledonia 33-25.
Coming out of halftime, Caledonia had a different energy about them. They were hungry and aggressive.
Halfway through the second half, the Warriors took the lead and things really started to heat up.
Coming down to the wire, the Warriors took advantage of the Rams' troubles on offense and finally pulled ahead to secure the win.
Following the game, Caledonia's head coach Scott Sorenson credited the girls for their determination and grit.
"There was never a doubt, well there was doubt at halftime," Sorenson added. "But when they started picking at it and chipping at it and getting to the rim the way we wanted to, things started to change a little bit for us."
Many players stepped up in this game, including several seniors who led the Warriors in total points. From the start, Heidi Bolduan took control of Caledonia's offense and finished the night with 24 points.
"I just try to be a team player," Bolduan said about her role on the team "Encourage everyone, get rebounds and just making good passes."
Following her lead were three other seniors who also scored in double digits. Katie Tornstrom who usually goes off when she's on the hardwood was held to 13 points. Behind her was Ashley Schroeder who totaled 12 and Kaitlin Conniff who had 11.
The Rams were tough on Tornstrom so she was not able to score as many points as she is used to, but she made up for that in rebounds. She led her team with 12 boards.
"I get in this mood, where this is my ball," Tornstrom said after the game. "I just go beast mode, I guess."
The Warriors come will face Minnehaha Academy for the Class AA championship--both schools met for the boys' Class AA title in 2018.
The title game is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Updated: March 18, 2019 05:02 PM
Created: March 15, 2019 08:33 PM
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