Alyssa Johnson, shown here turning the corner against Fillmore Central junior Madison Scheevel, led Lion scoring at Grand Meadow. Photo by S. Lee Epps
Alyssa Johnson, shown here turning the corner against Fillmore Central junior Madison Scheevel, led Lion scoring at Grand Meadow. Photo by S. Lee Epps
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The Spring Grove girls basketball team dropped a non-conference road matchup with Grand Meadow 66 to 44 on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in spite of a season-high free-throw percentage. Spring Grove bounced back with a come-from-behind non-conference victory at home against Fillmore Central, 61-50, hitting 7 of 10 foul shots late in the second half to seal the win. The Lions are 8-7 on the season (4-3 SEC).

Loss at GM, 66-44

State-ranked No. 19 Grand Meadow flexed its muscle and led from start to finish against Spring Grove in the non-conference rematch. The 22-point result followed a similar script to the previous 23-point Superlark win (59-36) in Spring Grove during the conference contest.

This game was never close as Grand Meadow (11-4, 6-2 SEC) scored the first nine points of the game and led 41-20 at halftime. The Lions never got closer than 19 points in the second half.

The 23 points from sophomore Riley Queensland combined with the 22 from junior Jordyn Glynn was one point higher than the Spring Grove team total.

Glynn, a two-time All-SEC player, picked up her second double-double of the season against the Lions, grabbing 10 rebounds to go with 6 steals.

Alyssa Johnson (7 of 8 free throws) led the Lions with 11 points while Amelia Solum (also 7 of 8 free throws) and two-time All-SEC player Lauryn Bohr each added 10 points.

Coming into the rematch with Grand Meadow, the Lions were shooting 33% on the season and they wound up shooting 32% against GM. The problem was the Lions didn’t shoot enough, turning the ball over 27 times while Grand Meadow only had 13 miscues.

The Lions were most effective on offense when they were drawing fouls while going to the basket. Spring Grove hit a season-high 75% from the free throw line, hitting 15 of 20 shots and outscoring GM (2 for 7) by 13 points with charity shots.

However, the Larks had 29 field goals to only 14 made baskets for Spring Grove. The Lions matched their season-low of 7 assists from the first game against the Superlarks.

While both teams scored well close to the basket, GM outscored Spring Grove 27 to 7 with mid-range and long-range shots. The Larks hit 6 of 15 shots outside the 3-point line, matching a season-high of 40% for Spring Grove opponents.

While Grand Meadow has swept the last two season series against Spring Grove, the Lions still hold an advantage of 36 to 25 in the all-time series.

The Larks also completed season sweeps in the B-team game 43-19 and the seventh-grade game 47-22, but Spring Grove earned a season split with a 30-14 win in the eighth-grade game.

SG 44, GM 66

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

*Lauryn Bohr 10P, 8R, 1A, 2S

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

*Amelia Solum 10P, 2R, 1A, 3S

*Kailee Olerud 4P, 7R, 3A, 2S, 1B

Sydnie Kampschroer 3R

Marie Petersen 2P

Kyleigh Doering 2R

*Kaitlyn Gross 7P, 10R, 4B

also playing - Hannah Borreson

TEAM TOTALS

SCORE by HALVES

SG 20+24=44

GM 41+25=66

all FG: SG 32% (14-44), GM 41% (29-70)

2-pt FG: SG 36% (13-36), GM 42% (23-55)

3-pt FG: SG 13% (1-8), GM 40% (6-15)

Free throws: SG 75% (15-20), GM 29% (2-7)

Rebounds: SG 35, GM 33

Turnovers: SG 27, GM 13

2nd Chance pts: SG 2, GM 11

Fast break pts: SG 15, GM 17

Pts. in paint: SG 35, GM 39

Fouls: SG 6, GM 11

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Win vs. Fillmore, 61-50

Spring Grove used a late 13-point run to get the non-conference win after trailing for most of the game against the Falcons.

When Kaitlyn Gross stepped to the free throw line with the score tied 48-48 and 4:28 left to play, Spring Grove hadn’t done well at the line, hitting only 8 of 18 free throws at that point. The Lions would step up when it counted by hitting 7 of their final 10 foul shots.

Gross hit her first free throw with Bohr rebounding the second and scoring to break the tie with a 3-point possession.

After Bohr scored again from the low post and rebounded a Falcon miss, the Lions went to a delay offense with 2:13 on the clock.

While the Falcons missed six shots from the field and one from the foul line, they were forced to foul four times in the final 1:26. The Lions took advantage, hitting 5 of those 8 free throws with Bohr scoring again on one of the two misses.

Even though Fillmore Central had 21 more official shots from the field, each team finished with 17 two-point baskets and 4 three-pointers, and each scored 36 points in the paint.

The Lions (8-7) won by 11 with an 11-point advantage at the foul line, hitting 15 of 28 free throws while allowing FC only 13 charity shots (4 for 13).

The Falcons (6-10) earned all of those extra shots from the field thanks to 22 offensive rebounds. Fillmore Central had more muscle than height inside and scored 16 points directly off of offensive rebounds.

The Lions countered with passes into the post for 16 points while getting 10 rebound points of their own.

Bohr scored 18 points near the basket and led the Lions in rebounding with 8 boards (6 offensive) while getting 2 steals and 3 blocked shots.

Solum had a great all-around game, matching her career best with 15 points along with 7 rebounds and twice as many assists - a career-high 6 - as turnovers.

Kailee Olerud added 6 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists with no turnovers. Mariah Edgington came off the bench to be the third Lion in double figures with 10 points and a team-high 5 steals.

Gross (3 points) had 5 rebounds and 4 of the team's season-high 12 blocked shots.

For Fillmore Central, senior Alleigh Meyer had a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double, and junior guard Paige Donlinger added another 12 points.

Both teams slapped on the full-court pressure. With both teams defending in the backcourt, ball handling was a challenge, resulting in 45 turnovers (SG 24, FC 21).

The Falcons led early 13-4, but there were three tied scores and four lead changes before the Falcons took a 33-30 lead into halftime.

The Falcons opened both halves with a 3-point basket and led most of the second half until a Bohr rebound basket tied it at 43-all with 8:18 to play.

Edgington broke that tie with a trey, the seventh-straight point for the Lions. Two Falcon fast breaks tied it again at 48, but Spring Grove would score the next 13 points before Fillmore Central added the final basket.

This was a non-conference game, but it does figure into the 2018 section seeding. Spring Grove leads the all-time series 20 to 15 and also won last year's regular season game. But, the Lion season ended with a home loss to Fillmore Central in the sub-section quarterfinals.

The Falcons also won the B-team game 38-21 and the seventh-grade game 25-14. The Lions took the eighth-grade game 28-19.

SG 61, FC 50

INDIVIDUALS:

*Lauryn Bohr 18P, 8R, 2S, 3B

*Alyssa Johnson 2P. 1B

M. Edgington 10P, 5R, 2A, 5S, 2B

*Amelia Solum 15P, 7R, 6A, 2B

*Kailee Olerud 6P, 6R, 4A, 1S

Sydnie Kampschroer 5P, 3R, 1A

Harlee Gavin 2P, 1S

*Kaitlyn Gross 3P, 6R, 1S, 4B

also playing - Hannah Borreson

TEAM TOTALS

SCORE by HALVES

SG 30+31=61

FC 33+17=50

all FG: SG 35% (21-47), FC 31% (21-68)

2-pt FG: SG 45% (17-38), FC 35% (17-48)

3-pt FG: SG 44% (4-9), FC 20% (4-20)

Free throws: SG 54% (15-28), FC 31% (4-13)

Rebounds: SG 35, FC 37

Turnovers: SG 24, FC 21

2nd Chance pts: SG 12, FC 20

Fast break pts: SG 8, FC 16

Pts. in paint: SG 36, FC 36

Fouls: SG 12, FC 19

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Historic games in SG

The home game with Lansing (Iowa) Kee High has been postponed by weather for the second consecutive Monday. The second makeup date was pending as this issue went to press.

The Lion girls host both SEC division leaders this week. Heading into the stretch-run of the season, the Lions hosted state ranked No. 1 Lyle/Pacelli on Tuesday, Jan. 23. By our count at the Herald, the Athletics have tied the Spring Grove girls’ SEC-record 86-game conference winning streak. The A’s broke that Lion winning streak at Spring Grove in 2014. The last SEC loss for L/P came in the previous season - at Spring Grove. Now, the Athletics come in Tuesday with a chance to break that streak record - yes, again at Spring Grove.

The Houston Hurricanes come to Spring Grove for a conference game on Friday, Jan. 26. The Lions will be looking for a split with the Hurricanes, who beat Spring Grove in Houston on Dec. 15.

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Southeast Conference Girls (updated since print edition through Jan. 23 games)

>>EAST DIVISION

Houston………...6-2 (14-3 all)

Spring Grove…...4-4 (8-8 all)

Schaeffer Aca….4-4 (9-6 all)

Mabel-Canton….3-5 (5-11 all)

Lanesboro……...2-6 (2-13 all)

>>WEST DIVISION

Lyle/Pacelli……….9-0 (16-1 all)

Grand Meadow…..7-2 (13-4 all)

Randolph…………3-3 (11-5 all)

Glenville-Emmons.2-6 (3-11 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander...0-8 (0-14 all)

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Spring Grove Girls Basketball 2017-2018

Updated since print edition

8-8, (4-4 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 postponed

L vs. Lyle/Pacelli* 31-82

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

1-10 (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

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EIGHTH GRADE BASKETBALL

4-5 (4-3 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 24-44

W at Lanesboro 25-22

W at Grand Meadow 30-14

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SEVENTH GRADE BASKETBALL

0-8 (0-6 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