Alyssa Johnson drives the baseline during Border Battle against state-ranked Osage. Photo by S. Lee Epps
Alyssa Johnson drives the baseline during Border Battle against state-ranked Osage. Photo by S. Lee Epps
The Spring Grove girls basketball team ran into a couple of tall teams that played excellent zone defense and dropped both games on the schedule last week. The Lions had a long winning streak against Houston end on the road, 55-44, on Friday, Dec. 15.

Less than 24 hours after that, Spring Grove was on the road at Decorah, Iowa, for a matchup in the Iowa-Minnesota Border Battle against state-ranked Osage, Iowa, where the Lions lost 70-35. The Spring Grove girls are 3-3 overall (2-2 SEC East).

Loss at Houston

The Lions had their 24-game winning streak against Houston snapped in a 55-44 road loss at Houston (7-1, 3-1 SEC). To put that amount of time into perspective, the Houston seniors were in kindergarten the last time the 'Canes beat Spring Grove. With the win, Houston took sole possession of the SEC East Division lead and dropped the Lions into second place.

Mistakes were part of the undoing for Spring Grove, which shot a better percentage from the field than Houston (37% to 29%). However, the Lions didn’t shoot nearly as often because of 27 turnovers against a very effective Houston zone "D."

Shooting at the free-throw line and beyond the 3-point line were the other keys to the win for Houston. The Lions could have kept the game closer by hitting free throws. Each team attempted 14 free throws, but Houston hit 12 (86%) while Spring Grove only hit 4 (29%), giving the Hurricanes an 8-point edge.

Each team also hit 18 field goals, but Houston owned a 9-point edge from downtown, hitting 7 threes (21 points) to only 4 triples (12 points) for the Lions.

Houston took control early with a 25-to-5 run for a 30-11 lead, their largest of the game. The Lions got back to within 13 at halftime (30-17) and within seven (37-30) midway through the second half. However, the Hurricanes would score the next seven points, propelling them on to the conference win.

Mariah Edgington had a double-double, with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Lauryn Bohr had a team-high 13 points and 9 rebounds, narrowly missing a double-double of her own.

All-SEC 5-foot-5 junior Alyssa Rostad led Houston with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists. Senior Jessica Kitching added 15 points.

The Hurricanes were excellent in taking care of the basketball, finishing the game with only 10 turnovers while coming up with 23 steals against the Lions.

Houston has won just two of the last 40 games played against Spring Grove, which still holds an 84-9 lead in the series.

It was a four-game sweep for Houston, which also won the B-team game 40-30, the eighth grade contest 43-27 and the seventh grade game 38-25.

VARSITY: SG 44, Houston 55

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

*Lauryn Bohr 13P, 9R, 1S

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

*M. Edgington 11P, 10R, 5A, 2S

*Amelia Solum 5R, 2A, 3S

Kailee Olerud 4P

Sydnie Kampschroer 6P, 2R, 3A

Hannah Borreson 1R, 1S

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


SG 17+27=44

Hou 30+25=55


all FG: SG 37% (18-49), Hou 29% (18-62)

2-pt FG: SG 45% (14-31), Hou 29% (11-38)

3-pt FG: SG 22% (4-18), Hou 29% (7-24)

Free throws: SG 29% (4-14), Hou 86% (12-14)

Rebounds: SG 39, Hou 31

Turnovers: SG 27, Hou 10

Fast break pts: SG 7, Hou 14

Pts. in paint: SG 27, Hou 23

Fouls: SG 12, Hou 15


Loss in Border Battle

Spring Grove ran into a buzz saw over the weekend, overwhelmed by state-ranked No. 5 in Class AA Osage, Iowa, in one of seven games played on Dec. 16 at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, which pitted Minnesota girls versus Iowa teams in the Iowa vs. Minnesota Border Battle.

This was the second of two weekends in which Iowa and Minnesota teams played each other. Including results from the first weekend, Iowa girls won 8 of the 10 games played.

The undefeated Green Devils (7-0) were tall and deep, rotating nine athletic players in and out of a fast-paced game, where even the non-starters combined to score 20 points. The Osage girls pushed the pace every chance they could, outscoring Spring Grove 25-11 in transition.

The Lions finished with 24 turnovers, frustrated for the second time in less than 24 hours by a long-armed zone defense. The Iowans called off the dogs, abandoning their backcourt defense after going ahead by 14 points.

The Green Devils built their lead to 10 points (23-13) and then scored another 10 straight points to lead 33-13, just before going into halftime ahead at 33-17. Osage then outscored the Lions 15-3 in the third quarter and 20-15 in the fourth quarter (game played according to Iowa rules with four quarters instead of two halves). Although the scoreboard showed 70 points, Osage actually scored 68.

Despite 9 rebounds from Kaitlyn Gross, Spring Grove was outrebounded by a taller team 37-25. Alyssa Johnson scored 12 points for SG with Edgington adding 10 points. Eleven different players scored for Osage, led by Gabby Schwarting’s 18 points.

It’s the second year the Lions played in the Border Battle, having beaten South Winneshiek last winter.

SG 35, Osage 70


*Lauryn Bohr 5P, 4R, 1A

*Alyssa Johnson 12P, 4R, 2A, 1S

*M. Edgington 10P, 3R, 1A, 4S, 1B

*Amelia Solum 5P, 1R

Kailee Olerud 2P, 3R, 1A

Sydnie Kampschroer 1R, 3A, 1S

*Kaitlyn Gross 1P, 9R, 1S, 2B

Also playing: Petersen, Borreson


SG 8+9+3+15=35

OHS 17+16+15+27=70


all FG: SG 27% (12-44), OHS 41% (25-61)

2-pt FG: SG 33% (10-30), OHS 45% (22-49)

3-pt FG: SG 14% (2-14), OHS 25% (3-12)

Free throws: SG 50% (9-18), OHS 71% (15-21)

Rebounds: SG 25, OHS 37

Turnovers: SG 24, OHS 16

Fast break pts: SG 11, OHS 25

Pts. in paint: SG 25, OHS 55

Fouls: SG 16, OHS 10



The Lions were headed right back to Decorah, Iowa, for their next action on Tuesday night, Dec. 19, against Decorah.

Spring Grove then returns home for the first time in 14 days when they host Mabel-Canton in an SEC matchup on Thursday, Dec. 21, and then finish the calendar year with a Dec. 29 non-conference home game against LeRoy-Ostrander at 4 p.m.

SEC Girls Basketball - updated since print edition (through Dec. 19 games)


Houston…….….3-1 (7-1 all)

Spring Grove.….2-2 (3-4 all)

Schaeffer Aca.…2-2 (5-3 all)

Lanesboro …..…2-3 (2-4 all)

Mabel-Canton....1-2 (2-4 all)


Grand Meadow…..5-0 (6-2 all)

Lyle/Pacelli……….3-0 (7-1 all)

Glenville-Emmons.1-3 (1-7 all)

Randolph………….0-2 (4-3 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander...0-4 (0-6 all)

Tuesday, Dec. 19 results

Decorah 41, Spring Grove 39

Grand Meadow 74. Alden-Conger 49

Mabel-Canton at Lansing Kee


Spring Grove Girls Basketball 2017-2018

3-4, (2-2 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


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

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


Mon......1/ Caledonia

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

Fri.........1/ Lanesboro*

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

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

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




Thur......2/ Randolph*

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

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

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



1-4 (1-2 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



1-4 (1-3 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



0-4 (0-3 SEC)

L vs. Lanesboro 16-28

L vs. Grand Meadow 8-54

L at La Crescent 15-46

L at Houston 25-38