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Comeback falls short, Caledonia falls 79-74 in state quarterfinals

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Cold shooting has cost Caledonia in the state tournament before, and it hurt them again Wednesday night.

The Warriors shot 37 percent from the field and ultimately fell 79-74 to Jackson County Central in the Class AA quarterfinals at Williams Arena. Caledonia finishes the season 28-3.

The Warriors struggled from outside as well, hitting just nine of 41 3-point shots. Jackson County meanwhile was 9 of 21 from behind the arch, and shot 51 percent from the field.

"We had a lot of shots that we just didn't hit. That's part of basketball," head coach Josh Diersen said. "Some nights you don't hit shots. In the tournament, you'll see in the NCAA some teams are going to go home and tonight it was us tonight unfortunately."

Owen King led Caledonia with 25 points, and became the team's all-time leading scorer with his first points of the night. At the end of his sophomore season, King has 1,351 career points. Colton Lampert added 19 points and three other players finished with seven points each. JCC's starting five scored all 79 points, led by Jacob Christopher's 27.

The Warriors opened the game on a 11-4 run before JCC came back to lead 14-13. The teams traded the lead back and forth before halftime, when JCC led 35-34.

Caledonia opened the second half with a 3-pointer from King to lead 37-35, but JCC used an 8-0 run to take control for good with 14 minutes remaining.

After trailing by as many as 14 points with 3:33 remaining, the Warriors used a 3-pointer by Noah King and another bucket from Owen King to close within 69-65 with just under two minutes remaining.

A pair of Lampert free throws closed the gap to 72-69 with :54 seconds to go, but JCC sealed the win with free throws down the stretch.

"I just want to thank my teammates for everything they did throughout the year, always pushing me just trying to get better," Lampert said. "Thank the coaches for making us the players we are, and the community for all the support they have."

Jackson County Central will face Annandale in the semifinals at 8 p.m. on Friday.

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