Waukon Trips Up Across State Line VS Caledonia

The Waukon Indian girls headed north to take on the Caledonia Warriors Friday night.  A much anticipated game was held, as The Indians came in ranked #2 in 3A Iowa and the Warriors were touted as well, coming off an undefeated state championship year from the season before, returning a handful of players from that team.

Neither team led by more than 2 in the early going as the game was tied at 4 and 8 points.  The foul situation was at 5 fouls on each team with about 9 minutes to go in the first half (mn plays 18 min halfs, not quarters)  Then Warrior head coach Scott Sorenson was called for a technical foul during a fast break opportunity for the Tribe.  Mary Halvorson made both FT’s and on the ensuing possesion Halvorson scored a bucket and got fouled completing the 3 point play which put the Indians up 21-13.

Caledonia answered back as their 6’2″ junior gaurd Amber Sorenson stroked two contested three pointers to get the Warriors back within range.  Indian Junior gaurd Chelsey Dreckman got into the action and answered with a 3 point bomb of her own to push the lead back to 26-21.  Jordon Reiser hit a runner in the lane to make it 28 -24 ast both teams continued to push the pace.  Point Gaurd Tatum Meyer also hit a shot in the lane to tie the score at 30 appeice.

After that the Warriors went on a 10-2 run to end the half with a 40-32 lead.  The halftime foul situation ended 5 fouls on the Warriors and 15 on the Indians puttin some of Waukon’s starters in foul trouble.

Caledonia got the first basket in the second half, only to see Waukon spurt back on a basket by Carissa Berger sparking a 6-0 run taking the score back to 42-38.  From that point on the Warriors only built their lead larger.The lead was pushed to more than 20 points at one time and the final score was Caledonia 76- Waukon 57  The Indians had a hard time overcoming their foul situation as Halvorson had 4 with 12 minutes to go and Herman had to sit with 4 fouls as well.

The Indians also struggled with Caledonia’s overall size as they had 3 players over 6 feet on the floor at most times during the game.  Waukon did not take the ball to the basket hard enough to get to the line and Caledonia did….final ft numbers, Waukon was 2-6 and Caledonia was a reported 24-33 (not official)

The Warriors also had a great home crowd and student section that made it probably the hardest place the Tribe will play in all year long.  Coach Klinge stays at career win number 937 and is two wins away from holding the all time Iowa state record for career wins.

The Indians host Charles City on Monday and travel to New Hampton on Tuesday.

Mary Halvorson led the Indians with 18 points and 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.  Hjerleid finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds.  Meyer tallied 6 points and 6 steals and Dreckman dumped in 5 points for the Indians

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2 Responses to “Waukon Trips Up Across State Line VS Caledonia”

  1. Caledonia is a very good team. They are tall, quick, and good shooters. They take the ball to the basket and get fouled and then finish with excellent free throwing. Foul trouble for Waukon, which led to bench time for some of the starters, and a noisy home crowd made things difficult but you would expect that from a team that won the Minnesota Class 2A state championship last year! The Indians need to learn from their mistakes and concentrate on the NEIC! GO INDIANS!!!

  2. The Warriors have a fine team, but it was the inconsistent calls by the officials that took the Indians out of the game. It put more pressure on Mary Halverson to score from the outside, which hurt the rebounding. On the defensive end they pretty much had to let the Warriors score inside for fear of fouling out. I was not impressed with the Warrior fans calling “air ball” everytime Logan touched the ball. I believe it is ok to say it once when the foul shot is missed, but poor sportsmanship to carry on like they did. To sum it up, I was not impressed by the officiating, the Warriors fans, or the Warriors coach, he’s a little bit of a showboat for me. I was impressed with the three point shooting of Amundson, the Warriors free throwing, and the effort the girls from both teams put forward.

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