Kailee Olerud passes from the point against Lyle/Pacelli. Photo by S. Lee Epps
Kailee Olerud passes from the point against Lyle/Pacelli. Photo by S. Lee Epps
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The Spring Grove girls basketball team dropped two games on their home floor last week against the two high-scoring Southeast Conference Division leaders. On Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Lions fell to the West Division leader, state-ranked at No. 1 Lyle/Pacelli 82-31 and then lost to East Division-leading Houston on Friday night, Jan. 26, by a score of 80-47.

The Lions are 8-9 overall (4-5 SEC) with just five games left on the regular season schedule heading into this week.

Loss to L/P, 82-31

The Spring Grove and Lyle/Pacelli girls basketball programs have taken turns over the years making history. This time, it was Lyle/Pacelli who made history again at Spring Grove gymnasium, winning their 87th-consecutive conference game, surpassing Spring Grove's previous record of 86 straight SEC wins.

The Athletics snapped that historic Lion winning streak in 2014 in the same gym. The last L/P league loss came against Spring Grove one year earlier in 2013 in the same gym.

Spring Grove scored first, but Lyle/Pacelli (16-1, 9-0 SEC) would lead by 40 points, 58-18, at halftime. The A’s set another historical mark as that was the highest-scoring first half by a Lion opponent in the 18 seasons for which single-game records survive. The final 51-point spread is the most lopsided Lion loss in 11 years.

Alyssa Johnson, going 7 for 8 at the foul line for the second-straight game, led SG with 10 points. The Lions were most consistent from the free throw line, staying close to their season average while shooting 57% from the foul line (13 for 23).

However, thanks in part to nine shots blocked by the A’s, Spring Grove was well below its season average by shooting only 24% from the field. With a season-low four assists, the Lions matched another season-low with only 31 total points against the state powerhouse program.

L/P, at 52%, was the hottest-shooting Lion opponent this season while also finishing with opponent-best numbers with 25 assists and 24 steals. Those two-dozen thefts were a major part of a season-worst 32 Spring Grove turnovers.

The state's top-ranked Class A team controlled the first half with a full-court defense that forced 10 turnovers on the way to a 45-10 lead.

Two Athletics had 20-point-plus scoring nights. The Lions (and most other teams) had no answer for 6-foot-5, two-time All-SEC standout Kristi Fett, who was close to her season averages with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 blocked shots.

The senior center has signed to play next year at Minnesota State, Mankato. Spring Grove was unable to blanket Fett inside and also contend with four shooters who contributed to hot 41% 3-point shooting (7 for 17).

All-conference junior Abigail Bollingberg put in 21 points, while three-time All-SEC senior guard Brooke Walter passed out 12 assists.

It was the eighth straight win for the Athletics in a series the Lions still lead 24 to 9.

The Lion B-team (1-10) left 20 points at the foul line but still came close, losing by four points, 34-38.

SG 31, L/P 82

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

*Lauryn Bohr 5P, 3R

*Alyssa Johnson 10P, 4R, 1A, 2S

*Amelia Solum 7P, 3R, 2S, 2B

*Kailee Olerud 1R, 2S, 2B

Sydnie Kampschroer 5P, 4R, 1A

Harlee Gavin 3R, 1A

*Kaitlyn Gross 4P, 4R, 1A, 1B

also playing - Marie Petersen, Kyleigh Doering, Hannah Borreson

TEAM TOTALS

SCORE by HALVES

SG 18+13=31

L/P 58+24=82

all FG: SG 24% (8-34), L/P 52% (32-62)

2-pt FG: SG 21% (6-29), L/P 56% (25-45)

3-pt FG: SG 40% (2-5), L/P 41% (7-17)

Free throws: SG 57% (13-23), L/P 65% (1-17)

Rebounds: SG 22, L/P 27

Turnovers: SG 32, L/P 10

2nd Chance pts: SG 10. L/P 19

Fast break pts: SG 6, L/P 23

Pts. in paint: SG 23, L/P 53

Fouls: SG 9, L/P 20

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Loss to Houston, 80-47

To say the Houston offense exploded is a huge understatement. The Hurricanes poured in a season-high 80 points, the most they’ve ever scored against Spring Grove in the 94-game series, which the Lions lead 84 to 10.

The Houston girls (15-3, 7-2 SEC) came into the game with a lot of motivation, all but locking down their first-ever conference basketball championship - now with a three-game lead and only four SEC games remaining.

All-SEC junior Alyssa Rostad poured in 30 points even though she sat out much of the game in foul trouble.

Amber Chapel (2 treys) added 18 points and 8 rebounds while Jessica Kitching put in 17 points plus 6 rebounds. Becca Lee came away with a game-high 9 rebounds.

The Hurricanes had much more offense in the rematch than they had in a much closer 55-44 home win over the Lions back in December.

Both teams shot better and rebounded better on the other team's home court this season as Houston shot a hot 52% at SG, matching a season-best for a Lion opponent. That included an amazing 53% from 3-point range (10 for 19), which was mostly Rostad, who buried 7 of 10 treys and shot 11 for 16 overall (69%) from the field.

Amelia Solum hit 4 of 7 shots to lead SG with 12 points and Lauryn Bohr scored 11.

The only statistical advantages for the Lions were more blocked shots (8 to 3), fewer fouls and far more free throws. Spring Grove hit 15 of 23 charity shots while limiting Houston to only three attempts (2 for 3).

But, the 'Canes dominated the glass with 42 rebounds, doubling the Lion total of 21. With 18 offensive boards, Houston outscored the Lions 21-6 in second-chance points

Houston scored the first nine points of the game and led by 15 at halftime (41-26). Spring Grove, shooting 33% from the field, never rallied and was never able to slow down the Hurricane attack - either in the paint (44 points) or on the perimeter (36 points).

Although all four Houston teams completed season sweeps, the preliminary games were all more competitive than the first time around. The Hurricanes won the B-team game 32-30, the eighth-grade game 29-27, and the seventh-grade game 24-15.

SG 47, Houston 80

INDIVIDUALS:

*Bohr 11P, 3R, 1S, 2B

*Johnson 9P, 1R, 3A, 3S, 1B

*Solum 12P, 1R, 1A, 3S

*Olerud 8P, 4R, 4A, 5S

Kampschroer 1P, 6R, 2A, 1S, 1B

Gavin 1S

*Gross 6P, 6R, 1A, 4B

also playing - Borreson

TEAM TOTALS

SCORE by HALVES

SG 26+21=48

Hou 41+39=80

all FG: SG 33% (15-45), Hou 52% (34-66)

2-pt FG: SG 37% (13-35), Hou 51% (24-47)

3-pt FG: SG 20% (2-10), Hou 53% (10-19)

Free throws: SG 65% (15-23), Hou 67% (2-3)

Rebounds: SG 21, Hou 42

Turnovers: SG 24, Hou 20

2nd Chance pts: SG 6, Hou 21

Fast break pts: SG 9, Hou 16

Pts. in paint: SG 24, Hou 44

Fouls: SG 12, Hou 20

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Schedule

The Lion girls slipped to 8-10 with a 66-53 home loss to Waukon as the Herald was going to press on Monday of this week, and we’ll have coverage right here next week.

After that, it’s off to Randolph for an SEC matchup with the Rockets on Thursday, Feb. 1. Then the Lions head to Mabel-Canton on Monday, Feb. 5, looking to sweep the season series from the Cougars.

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Southeast Conference Girls (updated since print edition through Jan. 30 games)

>>EAST DIVISION

Houston………....7-2 (16-3 all)

Schaeffer Aca…..4-5 (10-8 all)

Spring Grove…...4-5 (8-10 all)

Mabel-Canton….4-5 (6-12 all)

Lanesboro……...2-7 (3-14 all)

>>WEST DIVISION

Lyle/Pacelli……….10-0 (19-1 all)

Grand Meadow…..8-2 (16-4 all)

Randolph………… 4-3 (13-6 all)

Glenville-Emmons.2-7 (3-14 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander...0-9 (0-17 all)

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Spring Grove Girls Basketball 2017-2018

updated since print edition through Jan. 29 games

8-10, (4-5 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* postponed to 2/17

W at Lanesboro*60-28

Mon......1/15......Lansing Kee, postponed to 1/22

L at Grand Meadow (non-conf.) 44-66

W vs. Fillmore Central 61-50

Mon.....1/22......Lansing Kee canceled

L vs. Lyle/Pacelli*31-82

L vs. Houston*47-80

L vs. Waukon 53-66

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

1-12 (1-7 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 19-49

L at Lanesboro 16-24

L at Grand Meadow 19-43

L vs. Lyle/Pacelli 34-38

L vs. Houston 30-32

L vs. Waukon 25-50

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EIGHTH GRADE BASKETBALL

4-6 (4-4 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 24-44

W at Lanesboro 25-22

W at Grand Meadow 30-14

L vs. Houston 27-29

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SEVENTH GRADE BASKETBALL

0-9 (0-7 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 23-41

L at Lanesboro 12-17

L at Grand Meadow 22-47

L vs. Houston 15-24