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Amelia Solum races from behind to disrupt a Lanesboro fast break.
EPPS/SGH Amelia Solum races from behind to disrupt a Lanesboro fast break.
The Spring Grove Lions made it two-straight Southeast Conference wins at home to start the girls basketball season. The Lions never trailed in picking up a big SEC East Division win over Schaeffer Academy 63-54 on Nov. 28 and then ended the week with another SEC win over Lanesboro on Dec. 1, trailing only once during a 51-42 victory over a resilient Burro squad. With the two home wins, Spring Grove is 2-0 overall (2-0 SEC East).

Beat Schaeffer, 63-54

The SG Lions and the Schaeffer Academy Lions (1-1, 0-1 SEC) are expected to be two of the top contenders in the East Division. The conference opener for both teams was actually the second-straight road game for Schaeffer after a 1-point win (41-40) at Wabasha-Kellogg the night before.

Spring Grove never trailed in the game after breaking a tie at 14-all with a 6-point outburst. SG was up by 9 at halftime (35-26) and went on to win the game by 9 points. The largest deficit Schaeffer would face was 12 points, and while they would stay within striking distance, they never got closer than 5 points in the second half.

All-conference Schaeffer senior Megan Boegel led all scorers with 28 points (7 rebounds), but Spring Grove had four players in double figures. Mariah Edgington led the Lions with 17 points (team-best 11 hustle points) while Alyssa Johnson had 16.

Two-time all-conference standout Lauryn Bohr had a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double. Katelyn Gross was close to her own double-double as she hit a career-high with 14 points and 9 rebounds plus 3 blocked shots. The senior center hit 6 of 10 shots from the field and both of her free-throw attempts.

Junior guard Sydney Kampschroer finished the night as the only player with more assists (6) than turnovers (2). Sophomore guard Amelia Solum had all 4 steals.

Spring Grove outshot Schaeffer Academy from the field by a slim margin of 40% to 37%. A difference came from the free-throw line, where SG hit 13 of 24 attempts (54%) while Schaeffer went 7 for 12.

Spring Grove also dominated in the lane, using both the pass and dribble drive while scoring 54 of its 63 points in the lane.

The Spring Grove girls have won all 16 games against Schaeffer. SA doesn’t have a B-team, but SG won the junior high game 27-16.

SG 63, Schaeffer 54

SCORE by HALVES

SG 35+28 = 63

SA 26+28 = 54

TEAM TOTALS:

all FG: SG 40% (24-60), SA 37% (22-59)

2-pt FG: SG 42% (22-52), SA 40% (19-48)

3-pt FG: SG 25% (2-8), SA 27% (3-11)

Free throws: SG 54% (13-24), SA 58% (7-12)

Rebounds: SG 38, SA 39

Turnovers: SG 16, SA 15

Fast break pts: SG 8, SA 15

Fouls: SG 10, SA 16

INDIVIDUALS: P-points, R-rebounds, A-assists, S-steals, B-blocked shots. Listed in order of jersey number. * starter

*Lauryn Bohr 14P, 11R

*Alyssa Johnson 16P, 6R, 1A

*Mariah Edgington 17P, 6R, 1A

*Amelia Solum 2P, 5R, 3A, 4S

Kailee Olerud 1R

Sydnie Kampschroer 6A

Harlee Gavin out injured

*Kaitlyn Gross 14P, 9R, 3B

Beat Lanesboro 51-42

The Lions picked up their second-straight home win to start the season, knocking off Lanesboro for the 19th straight time. SG was ice-cold from the field, finishing the night at 25% shooting but rode a 15-point advantage at the free throw line to win the game.

For a second-straight game, SG owned an advantage at the free-throw line. The Burros outscored the Lions from the field 38 to 32, but the Lions hit 19 of 30 free throws while the Burros only attempted a total of 9 free throws, hitting 4. The Burros weren’t able to earn a lot of trips to the free-throw line as they got most of their points out on the perimeter (22 of 42).

While the Lions stretched leads to double-digits in both halves, the Burros battled back to cut the deficit to 6 points both times. The only lead in the game for LHS came very early, 2-0.

Steals, fast breaks, and free throws helped Spring Grove take a 26-12 lead. However, the Burros closed the first half on a 10-2 run, making it an 8-point game at halftime (28-22).

Both teams started the second half slowly. The SG full-court defense forced Lanesboro into 11 turnovers while taking only 9 shots while the Lions moved ahead by 19 points (43-24) halfway through the second half.

However, the Burros rallied again, outscoring SG 12-2 to once again knock it down to a 6-point Lion lead (48-42) with a minute to play. The Lions would put the game away by hitting 3 of their last 6 free throws.

Lanesboro junior guard Lexie Johnson hit three 3-pointers while scoring 13 of her 15 points in the first half. Sophomore guard Sophia Simes gave her team some good punch off the bench, finishing the game with 13 points.

Edgington carried the Spring Grove offense, leading the team with a 22-point, 12-rebound double-double.

Johnson chipped in 11 points, and Bohr had 12 rebounds to lead the team on the glass. Solum had more assists (4) than turnovers.

The Lions overcame a chilly night on the offensive end with solid backcourt defense, rebounding, and ball handling. While the Lions were only 14 of 57 (25%) from the field, they outrebounded the Burros 42 to 25 and committed 5 fewer turnovers (17 to 22).

The Burros (1-1) came into the game after a 54-42 win at Glenville-Emmons. The 19th straight win for Spring Grove against LHS ups the Lions’ lead in the series to 44 wins against 17 wins for Lanesboro.

The Lions also won their B-team opener 24-14, but the Burros won both junior high games.

SG 51, Lanesboro 42

SCORE by HALVES

SG 28+23 = 51

LHS 22+20 = 42

TEAM TOTALS:

all FG: SG 25% (14-57), LHS 35% (17-48)

2-pt FG: SG 23% (10-43), LHS 39% (13-33)

3-pt FG: SG 29% (4-14), LHS 27% (4-15)

Free throws: SG 63%(19-30), LHS 44% (4-9)

Rebounds: SG 42, LHS 25

Turnovers: SG 17, LHS 22

Fast break pts: SG 15, LHS 8

Fouls: SG 13, LHS 20

INDIVIDUALS

*Lauryn Bohr 5P, 12R

*Alyssa Johnson 11P, 6R, 3A, 2S

*Mariah Edgington 22P, 12R, 3A, 3S, 2B

*Amelia Solum 4P, 1R, 4A, 4S

Kailee Olerud 2R, 1A, 2S

Sydnie Kampschroer 3P, 1R

Harlee Gavin out injured

*Kaitlyn Gross 6P, 8R, 1B

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This week and next

The Lions are back in action with a conference home game against Grand Meadow on Thursday, Dec. 7, before hitting the road for their first non-conference action against La Crescent the next night.

Spring Grove Girls Basketball 2017-2018

2-0, (2-0 SEC)

*conference game; approximately 7:15 unless noted

W vs. Schaeffer Academy* 63-54

W vs. Lanesboro*51-42

Thur......12/07.....Grand Meadow*

Fri..........12/08.....at La Crescent 7:30 pm

Fri..........12/15.....at Houston*

Iowa-Minn. Border Battle at Luther College

Sat. .......12/16.....vs. Osage (Iowa) 2:30 pm

Tues......12/19.....at Decorah (Iowa) 6:15 pm

Thur.....12/21.....Mabel-Canton*

Fri........12/29.....LeRoy-Ostrander (non-conf.) 4 pm

Thur......1/04.......at Schaeffer Academy* 7 pm

Fri........1/05.......Rushford-Peterson

Mon......1/08.......at Caledonia

Thur......1/11......at LeRoy-Ostrander* 6:45 pm

Fri.........1/12......at Lanesboro*

Mon......1/15......Lansing Kee

Tues......1/16......at Grand Meadow (non-conf.)

Fri........1/19......Fillmore Central

Tues.....1/23......Lyle/Pacelli*

Fri........1/26......Houston*

Mon.....1/29......Waukon

Thur......2/01......at Randolph*

Mon......2/05......at Mabel-Canton*

Thur......2/08.....at Kingsland 7:30 pm

Fri........2/09......Glenville-Emmons* 6 pm