Harlee Gavin heads toward the basket against LeRoy-Ostrander. Photo by S. Lee Epps
Harlee Gavin heads toward the basket against LeRoy-Ostrander. Photo by S. Lee Epps
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The Spring Grove girls basketball team took two of its last three games, highlighted by Lauryn Bohr scoring her 1,000th career point against Rushford-Peterson. There was a non-conference, holiday-week home game versus LeRoy-Ostrander on the afternoon of Dec. 29, which the Lions won 74-31, playing very well at both ends of the floor.

The Lions dropped a conference game on the road two nights later at Schaeffer Academy, which beat Spring Grove for the first time in their 17-game series, 63-48. Spring Grove then avenged a loss last year against Rushford-Peterson with a win at home on Friday, 63-40. The Lion girls are 6-5 (3-3 SEC)

Win vs. L-O, 74-31

The offense was in a rhythm while the defense was forcing opponent mistakes in the Lions’ win over the Cardinals. Spring Grove had a season-high 18 assists and 21 steals in its 22nd straight win against LeRoy-Ostrander.

The Cardinals scored the first points of the game, but the Lions wound up leading 52-13 at halftime, winning the game by 43 points.

Despite a dozen first-half turnovers, it was the first 50-point half for the SG girls in four seasons. The Lions finished with 19 turnovers, but a season-high 21 SG steals led to a total of 23 turnovers for L-O.

The Lions had been a little chilly shooting the ball from outside the arc this season, coming into the game shooting 20% from 3-point range. However, during this game the team shot a higher percentage from outside (60%, 6 of 10) than they did from closer in (41%) and from the free-throw line (56%, 10 for 18).

Fast breaks (18 points) and passes inside (22 points) led to 46 Lion points in the paint. Seven different Lions contributed to the season-high 18 assists, including Mariah Edgington with 6 and Kailee Olerud with 4.

The Lions had good balance on offense with all five starters scoring between 9 and 16 points, led by 16 each from sophomore Amelia Solum (5 rebounds) and Edgington.

Alyssa Johnson added 12 points and Bohr 11. Kaitlyn Goss had 9 points and 8 rebounds, narrowly missing a double-double.

Olerud came off the bench for career-highs with 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Harlee Gavin came off the injured list and scored 6 points while grabbing 4 rebounds. Sydnie Kampschroer added 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Two-time all-conference junior point guard Haley Hungerholt scored 22 of the Cardinals’ 31 points. L-O had 23 turnovers, was outrebounded 43-25 and shot only 20% from the field and 30% from the foul line (3 for 10).

The winless Cards (0-9) are a young team with no seniors, only one junior and two freshmen starters. With five freshmen and two sophomores on the varsity, L-O doesn’t have a B-team.

This was a non-conference game with the SEC matchup taking place at L-O on January 11.

Varsity: SG 74, LeRoy-Ostrander 31

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

*Lauryn Bohr 11P, 6R, 4S, 1B

*A. Johnson 12P, 4R, 1A, 3S, 2B

*M. Edgington 16P, 2R, 6A, 4S, 1B

*Amelia Solum 16P, 5R, 1A, 4S, 3B

Kailee Olerud 2P, 8R, 4A, 1S, 1B

Sydnie Kampschroer 5R, 3A

Petersen 2P

Hannah Borreson 1R, 1A, 1S

Harlee Gavin 6P, 4R, 3S

*Kaitlyn Gross 9P, 8R, 2A, 1S, 3B

also playing -

TEAM TOTALS

SCORE by HALVES

SG 52 + 22 = 74

LO 14 + 17 = 31

all FG: SG 44% (29-66), LO 20% (12-59)

2-pt FG: SG 41% (23-56), LO 20% (8-41)

3-pt FG: SG 60% (6-10), LO 22% (4-18)

Free throws: SG 56% (10-18), LO 30% (3-10)

Rebounds: SG 43, LO 25

Turnovers: SG 19, LO 23

2nd Chance pts: SG 22, LO 9

Fast break pts: SG

Pts. in paint: SG 46, LO 13

Fouls: SG 10, LO 15

Loss at Schaeffer, 63-48

The Schaeffer Academy girls avenged a season-opening loss against visiting Spring Grove, which had won all of the previous 16 games the two teams had played. In the SEC split between conference opponents, each team won their home game by scoring 63 points.

Schaeffer (6-4, 3-2 SEC) also replaced Spring Grove (5-5, 3-3 SEC) in second place in the SEC East as the SG girls fell two losses behind league-leading Houston.

Schaeffer shot 46% from the field - a season-best for a Spring Grove opponent - dominated rebounding, and outran the Lions in transition. SA scored 30 fast break points, 11 directly from rebounds and 12 while they beat the SG full-court defense.

All-conference Schaeffer senior Megan Boegel, who had tossed in 28 against Spring Grove in the season opener, put in 23 in the rematch with at least a dozen rebounds.

Spring Grove countered with a career-high 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals from Edgington. Solum added 11 points along with 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots.

Bohr grabbed 10 rebounds for SG, but SA outrebounded SG 47 to 30, the largest SG deficit of the season.

Spring Grove had difficulty putting up quality shots against the home team defense, shooting a weak 29% from the field, due in large part to 0 for 9 shooting from 3-point range as well as having 15 shots blocked by Schaeffer, a tall and athletic opponent. About one of every five shots was blocked, but Spring Grove was fouled 10 times while shooting. However, they couldn’t take advantage at the foul line, going only 10 for 23 (43%).

The Spring Grove defense finished with 16 steals and came away with a 15-to-23 advantage in turnovers but couldn’t use them to generate enough offense to keep up.

Spring Grove did lead twice early in the game, the last time at 14-13 before hitting only 1 of 13 shots while Schaeffer took command with a 17-2 run, taking a 30-16 lead.

Trailing at the halftime break 34-23, Spring Grove trailed by double-digit margins for most of the second half.

SA does not have a B-team, but the SA junior high girls also avenged a previous loss by beating Spring Grove 28-24.

Varsity: Schaeffer 63, SG 48

INDIVIDUALS:

*Lauryn Bohr 5P, 10R, 1A, 3S

*Alyssa Johnson 6P, 3R, 1A, 2S

*M. Edgington 24P, 8R, 2A, 5S, 1B

*Amelia Solum 11P, 3R, 3A, 2S, 2B

Kailee Olerud 1A, 3S, 1B

Sydnie Kampschroer 1R

Harlee Gavin 2P, 2R

*Kaitlyn Gross 3R, 1S, 3B

TEAM TOTALS

SCORE by HALVES

SG 23+25=48

SA 34+29=63

all FG: SG 29% (19-66), SA 46% (27-59)

2-pt FG: SG 33% (19-57), SA 46% (24-52)

3-pt FG: SG 0% (0-9), SA 43% (3-7)

Free throws: SG 43% (10-23), SA 55% (6-11)

Rebounds: SG 30, SA 47

Turnovers: SG 15, SA 23

2nd Chance pts: SG 16, SA 8

Fast break pts: SG 10, SA 30

Pts. in paint: SG 44, SA 49

Fouls: SG 12, SA 13

Win vs. R-P, 63-40

Bohr had a big night for the Lions, scoring her 1,000th-career point while putting together a 22-point, 12-rebound double-double as the Lions snapped a five-game losing streak to Rushford-Peterson.

The Lions overcame a season-worst 28 turnovers with fast-break points, a huge 45-26 rebounding advantage, and getting to the free-throw line more than the R-P did.

Gross had a career-high 14 rebounds as she and Bohr combined for 26 rebounds, matching the Rushford-Peterson team total. Olerud made her first varsity start and came away with 8 rebounds.

For the second time in two nights, fast breaks were a critical part of the game, but this time, it slanted in favor of the Lions, who outscored the Trojans 18-7 in transition.

SG hit almost as many free throws (15 for 24) as R-P attempted (4 of 16). Gavin was a bright spot at the line, coming off the bench to hit all 6 of her free throws.

Three Lions scored in double figures with Solum putting in 13 points while Johnson had 11. The Lion win was especially impressive as it came in the absence of Edgington, the team leader in scoring, assists and steals.

The Trojans shot only 25% from the foul line and only 29% from the field. The R-P shooting percentage dropped as they only made 2 of 12 attempts from 3-point range.

R-P (3-9) couldn’t overcome long scoring droughts in both halves. While the Trojans committed 8 early turnovers and hit only 1 of their first 11 shots, Spring Grove took an 11-2 lead.

R-P shots then began to fall, and the Trojans were still within 10 points at halftime (28-18).

It was still a 10-point spread (41-31) midway through the second half when a 14-1 Lion run put the game out of reach. During that stretch, the Lions hit 6 straight shots and 2 free throws, while the Trojans missed 9 straight shots during the Lion outburst.

With R-P defending in the backcourt all game and SG almost all game, the tempo was a fast-paced one that challenged all the ball handlers. The 58 total turnovers (SG 28, R-P 29) were the most of the season in any of the 11 games Spring Grove has played.

Megan Oian hit two early 3-pointers to lead the Trojans with 16 points. Eight Trojans scored, including 8 points from Lauren Lawston.

The final score stood in sharp contrast to the 72-46 Trojan win a year ago. R-P had won the previous five games in the series they still lead with 33 wins to 17 for the Lions.

R-P dominated the B-team game 62-18.

Schedule

The Lions started a busy week on Monday, Jan. 8, with a non-conference road game at Caledonia with results right here next week. It’s back into conference play on back-to-back nights, starting Thursday night at LeRoy-Ostrander and then at Lanesboro on Friday.

The Spring Grove girls play a non-conference home game the following Monday, Jan. 15, against Lansing Kee and then turn around and head to Grand Meadow for a non-conference matchup the following night.

Varsity: SG 63, R-P 40

INDIVIDUALS:

*Lauryn Bohr 22P, 12R, 3S, 1B

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

*Amelia Solum 13P, 2R, 3A, 4S

*Kailee Olerud 8R, 5A, 2S, 1B

S. Kampschroer 2P, 5R, 2A, 1S

Harlee Gavin 8P, 2R, 1S

Hannah Borreson 1A

*Kaitlyn Gross 7P, 14R, 1A, 1S, 4B

also playing - Marie Petersen

TEAM TOTALS

SCORE by HALVES

SG 28+35=63

RP 18+22=40

all FG: SG 38% (24-63), RP 29% (17-58)

2-pt FG: SG 41% (24-58), RP 33% (15-46)

3-pt FG: SG 0% (0-5), RP 17% (2-12)

Free throws: SG 63% (15-24), RP 25% (4-16)

Rebounds: SG 45, RP 26

Turnovers: SG 28, RP 29

2nd Chance pts: SG 15, RP 6

Fast break pts: SG 13, RP 4

Pts. in paint: SG 53, RP 22

Fouls: SG 10, RP 18

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Southeast Conference Girls

Updated since print edition, through Jan. 8 games

>>EAST DIVISION

Houston………...4-2 (11-1 all)

Schaeffer Aca….3-2 (6-4 all)

Spring Grove…..3-3 (6-6 all)

Lanesboro……...2-3 (2-10 all)

Mabel-Canton….2-4 (3-10 all)

>>WEST DIVISION

Grand Meadow…..6-0 (10-2 all)

Lyle/Pacelli……….5-0 (11-1 all)

Randolph…………1-2 (9-4 all)

Glenville-Emmons.1-6 (2-9 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander...0-5 (0-10 all)

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Spring Grove Girls Basketball 2017-2018

6-6, (3-3 SEC) *conference game; approximately 7:15 unless noted

W vs. Schaeffer Academy* 63-54

W vs. Lanesboro*51-42

L vs. Grand Meadow* 36-59

W at La Crescent 65-62

L at Houston*44-55

Iowa-Minn. Border Battle at Luther College

L vs. Osage (Iowa)35-70

L at Decorah (Iowa) 39-41

W vs. Mabel-Canton*48-42

W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander (non-conf.) 74-31

L at Schaeffer Academy* 48-63

W vs. Rushford-Peterson 63-40

L at Caledonia 31-81

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

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B-TEAM BASKETBALL

1-7 (1-3 SEC)

W vs. Lanesboro 24-14

L vs. Grand Meadow 20-35

L at La Crescent 30-36

L at Houston 30-40

L at Decorah 28-49

L vs. Mabel-Canton 31-41

L vs. Rushford-Peterson 18-62

L at Caledonia

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EIGHTH GRADE BASKETBALL

2-5 (2-3 SEC)

W vs. Schaeffer Academy 27-16

L vs. Lanesboro 14-23

L vs. Grand Meadow 21-35

L at La Crescent 15-18

L at Houston 27-43

W vs. Mabel-Canton 29-21

L at Caledonia

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SEVENTH GRADE BASKETBALL

0-6 (0-4 SEC)

L vs. Lanesboro 16-28

L vs. Grand Meadow 8-54

L at La Crescent 15-46

L at Houston 25-38

L vs. Mabel-Canton 15-22

L at Caledonia