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Katie Tornstrom

December 19, 2018 10:04 PM

(ABC 6 News)- The Caledonia Warriors girls basketball team holds a 4-4 record this season, but despite the four losses, something has been clicking for their senior captain and guard, Katie Tornstrom. 

Tornstrom, a three-sport athlete also plays volleyball and softball for the Warriors but shines on the hardwood.

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“She is a smart ballplayer,” Warriors Senior Guard Anna Mauss said.

“She enjoys the game, she absolutely loves basketball, the kids around her and the players know this that this is her sport,” Warriors Head Coach Scott Sorenson said.  “She puts in a lot of extra work her dedication is insane.  She has high expectations for herself.”

Which has made her a better basketball player, but it’s not just about that. 

“(It’s) her willingness to work on her weaknesses, she identifies what her weakness is,” Sorenson said.

While capitalizing on her strengths.

“She knows the game really well, Mauss said.  “During the game, she just knows where to go, she knows what she should do in order to score and do really well.  She knows how to get other people the ball to and knows how to get open as well too.”

Tornstrom has been a force on the court, and it has shown in her statistics.

“She’s at 25 points per game right now as of last night, and 9.7 rebounds a game, leads the team in assists and steals, (and) when you combine all those things, that makes her a complete athlete.”

“Honestly, this year I’ve just been having a lot of fun,” Tornstrom said.  (I’m) not worrying about if I’m going to score a lot, it’s working out pretty well I’ve been pretty loose on shooting, I’ve been pretty consistent.”

“I think what makes her a good scorer is that she can score in a variety of ways,” Sorenson said.  “She can post up when we put her in the post and she can shoot the three well too.”

It’s not just Tornstrom’s scoring that’s been off the charts, her rebounding as well, and Tornstrom believes it’s her strength.

“I’m stronger than most girls, but having long arms helps a lot (too),” Tornstrom said.

“From her position she usually comes from the three-point line to rebound, so that’s just effort,” Sorenson said.  “Effort and hustle.  She’ll go after it and most of those rebounds are offensive rebounds, where a kid will miss the shot and get a put back because she’s going to the boards and that little extra effort makes a difference for us winning or losing.  One of those traits a basketball player needs is that vision, and she has it.”

Tornstrom has averaged 30 points in the last five games and is shooting 44 percent from the three-point line.

Tornstrom and the Warriors return to the hardwood on Friday in St. Charles.  Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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