Caledonia — After trailing after the first quarter, 18-17, the Caledonia-Mumford Red Raiders turned up the defense and executed offensively to defeat the visiting Perry Yellowjackets on senior night, 74-53.
Senior guard Steve Gaffney led the way for the Red Raiders with 24 points 12 rebounds and 4 assists, while forward Kyle Kline added 18 points and 5 rebounds. While both teams performed well early, it was the Raiders who kept up the pace.
Yellowjackets senior guard Anthony Ricotta scored 13 points in the first quarter, keeping Perry in the game, but only managed 10 points for the final three quarters as the Red Raiders defense made adjustments.
“We had to keep an eye on Anthony (Ricotta)a little better there after the first quarter, but we tried some different things and put some bigger guys on him and did a much better job,” Red Raiders head coach Dan Dickens said.
“I thought we were a lot more patient after the first quarter but we always managed to make our shots,” Dickens said.
Cal-Mum (16-2) clinched the #1 seed in the Class C2 sectional bracket and will play the winner of Campbell-Savona and Red Jacket on February 22, while 6th seeded Perry (13-5) will take on 11th seeded Red Creek Tuesday evening.