March 20, 2019 07:05 PM
(ABC 6 News) – It was quite the season for the Caledonia Warriors girls basketball team—but all good things must come to an end.
In Minnesota Class AA girls’ basketball, the Caledonia Warriors won 22 consecutive games this winter—exceeding expectations.
“I feel like we got a lot farther than everyone thought we would,” Warriors senior guard Ashley Schroeder said.
Last week, the Warriors played in the first Class AA state tournament in eight years—and they were seeking their first state title in a decade.
“It was really awesome to get to play up (in Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota) with the kind of energy and feel about it,” Schroeder said. “The entire place is so loud.”
The Warriors had a state tournament to remember—as the no.4 seed in the tournament, the Warriors’ quarterfinal win over fifth-seeded Proctor marked the 300th career win for Caledonia head coach Scott Sorenson.
That win put the Warriors in Friday’s Class AA semifinals, where they pulled off a 65-55 upset win over the top-seeded Roseau Rams, clinching a spot in the Class AA championship game against the third-seeded Minnehaha Academy Redhawks—a game which was a “battle.”
“We were attacking and attacking, we were getting them in foul trouble. We thought we had them where we wanted them,” Sorenson said. “(The girls) stuck with it and focused in on what we wanted to do at halftime.”
Despite building a six-point lead in the second-half of the game, the Redhawks ended the game on a 24-10 run, defeating the Warriors in the finals, 72-63.
“We know it didn’t go the way we wanted to, but we played the hardest that we could,” Schroeder said. “Looking back on it, and knowing we played that hard, I don’t have any regrets.”
Even though the Warriors lost the game, it was a memory which many Warriors, including standout senior and future Minnesota State University-Moorehead basketball player Katie Tornstrom, will remember for the rest of their lives.
“It feels so good to get up here and play one more game with my sisters,” a teary-eyed Tornstrom said.
“I just love them,” Sorenson added while holding back tears. “I’m just proud of them. Walking in the gym next year will be really tough. But I’m really excited for what their futures hold.”
Updated: March 20, 2019 07:05 PM
Created: March 18, 2019 09:43 PM
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