MINNEAPOLIS (WXOW) – It seemed like a state championship game for the Caledonia Girls Basketball Team Friday night in Minneapolis at Williams Arena.
The Warriors, the #4 seed, were taking on #1 seed Roseau for a chance to play for the Class AA title on Saturday.
Caledonia had to overcome cold shooting in the first half to claim the victory. They overcame an eight point halftime deficit to upset the Rams 65-55 to advance to the championship game.
The Warriors shot only 23 percent from the field in the first half to 45 percent for Roseau. The Rams were led by Kacie Borowicz, who had 28 on the night, and her younger sister Katie, who had nine. The senior Borowicz had 16 of her points in the first half.
The tables turned in the second half when Caledonia got hot (11 for 27 for 40%) compared to Roseau’s 25 percent (7-28). The good numbers came from figuring out how to get the ball down low against the Rams. Caledonia had 18 points in the paint in the second half, versus only two in the first.
They also outscored Roseau on points off of turnovers 24-16.
Heidi Bolduan had 24 points in the win for Caledonia. Thirteen of those came in the second half when the offense took off for the Warriors. Chants of “MVP” were heard in the arena for Bolduan after the win.
Teammate Katie Tornstrom added 13 for the Warriors. She played a big role on the defensive end. She snagged ten of her 12 rebounds on Roseau’s end of the court.
Ashley Schroeder had 12 points with Katlin Coniff adding 11 for Caledonia.
They face the winner of the Minnehaha Academy vs. Albany game Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Williams Arena.
Its the first time since 2009 that the Caledonia Girls made it to the title game.