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Saturday, March 21, 2009
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Caledonia
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted

Girls 2A Final: Caledonia vs. HLWW

By Kyle Stevens
Target Center - Minneapolis, Minn.

Libby Augedahl, left, and Ellie Wessling.

The Minnesota Army National Guard selects our Two Stars:
 
Libby Augedahl
Caledonia
16 pts. 10 reb. 5 steals

Ellie Wessling
HLWW
19 pts. 7 reb. 3 steals
 
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Caledonia 54
Aly Meyer: 14 points, 3 blocks
Megan King: 10 points
Cassie Gran: 10 points
Team stats: 12 assists, 18 turnovers, 5 blocks, 7 steals

HLWW 50
Katie Pettit: 15 points, 5 assists, 5 steals
Taylor Williams: 12 points
Christina Gruenhagen: 13 rebounds
Team stats: 9 assists, 16 turnovers, 5 blocks, 9 steals

The Story Line
It was a tough road to the finals for Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted. The Lakers had to get through Pipestone Area in the quarterfinals and No. 4 New London-Spicer in the semifinals. After that, awaiting them in the finals was Caledonia. The Warriors finished the season one spot ahead of NL-S in the polls at No. 3 and beat No. 1 Jordan in the semis. A physical game saw the Warriors jump to a good lead, give it up and fight to get it back to win their first girls' basketball state title.

Even though they were ranked third in the state in the final poll, Caledonia may have been the team with the target on their back coming into the tournament. Needing three wins to cap off a perfect season, the Warriors came into Saturday's championship game 30-0.

There were close calls along the way—an overtime win against Dover-Eyota in the Section 1 1A final—and blowouts—a 61-19 win early in the year against Wabasha-Kellog—no win was sweeter than the one at Target Center on Saturday.

When asked if the moment felt perfect, Caledonia head coach Scott Sorenson said, "Yeah, it does."

The Quote
"We got complacent. I give a lot of credit to Jason (Kuehn, HLWW's head coach). They came out ready in the second half." - Caledonia head coach Scott Sorenson on how the Lakers were able to cut into the 15-point lead the Warriors had early in the second half.

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