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Caledonia throttles Minnewaska to reach 2A semifinals

By MATT STEICHEN, Special to the Star Tribune, 03/21/18, 9:15PM CDT


The Warriors led by nine points at halftime and turned it up from there en route to an 80-41 victory.

Caledonia's Noah Kearney (24) stole the ball from Minnewaska Area's Matt Gruber (23) in the first half. Photo: AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Caledonia doesn’t just force turnovers on the gridiron. The school with the Class 2A state football champions is just as quick to pounce on the ball when it’s loose on the basketball court.

The Warriors used an aggressive, opportunistic defense to force 28 turnovers in their 80-41 victory over Minnewaska Area Wednesday in the Class 2A state basketball tournament at Williams Arena.

“We were able to take the ball away from them more than a few times when we weren’t really making anything else,” Caledonia coach Brad King said of the first half. “Our defense was exceptional in the second half. I don’t know if they got one open look the entire half.”

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