March 18, 2019 04:57 PM
(ABC 6 News) – Regulation wasn’t enough to determine the Section 1AA girls basketball championship on Thursday night in downtown Rochester.
After a 39-39 tie forced overtime, the Caledonia Warriors topped the Winona Cotter Ramblers in the extra period, 48-39, advancing to their first Class AA state tournament since 2011.
The Warriors and Ramblers played a close game the entire night—no team led by no more than nine points at any time during the game.
"The seniors are the heart and soul of this team and they've kind of willed it all year," Caledonia head coach Scott Sorenson said. "With the games that we've won, they've willed wins. When it got to overtime, that 19 seconds prior to that, they just took over defensively."
For Caledonia, senior standout Katie Tornstrom led the Warriors with 18 points. Teammates Ashley Schroeder (17 points) and Heidi Bolduan (8 points) combined to score 43 of the Warriors 48 points.
"I'm just proud of our team," Tornstrom said. "This has been our goal since 6th grade. It makes our community proud, so I'm jacked."
With the win, the Warriors will play in the Class AA state girls’ basketball tournament. State play begins on Wednesday in Minneapolis.
Updated: March 18, 2019 04:57 PM
Created: March 07, 2019 09:34 PM
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