Caledonia returned to the semifinals by avenging a five-point loss from last year’s semifinal with a 72-66 victory over Annandale in the Class 2A quarterfinals Wednesday at Williams Arena.
This time the Warriors weren't down by double digits. It overcame a slow start, shooting 37.1 percent in the first half, by producing 31 points off turnovers and second-chance opportunities. The Warriors had a 43-34 edge on the glass with 17 offensive rebounds.
“They were eating glass today,” Caledonia head coach Josh Diersen said. “We cleaned the boards and had an advantage there. It was fun to watch guys rebound like that because they let us play. That was perfect.”
The Warriors had four players in doubles figures, led by senior forward Justin Burg with 18 points, nine rebounds and his first high school dunk during the second half that sparked the student section.
“I just took off from the free throw line thinking I could do it, and it just happened,” Burg said.
Senior guard Kyle Sorenson contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
The Cardinals shot 37 percent. Senior forward Chase Knickerbocker scored a game-high 24 points on 8-for-21 shooting.
Caledonia defeated Annandale 72-66 in the Class 2A quarterfinals at Williams Arena on Wednesday. It was a rematch of last year’s semifinal matchup, which Annandale won by five.
The Warriors will face the winner of Breckenridge vs. Maple River (Mapleton) in the semifinals at Target Center on Friday.
Caledonia had four players in double figures, led by senior forward Justin Burg with 18 points. Senior forward Chase Knickerbocker had a game-high 24 points for the Cardinals.
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