Marie Petersen scores on a drive during convincing Spring Grove road win at Lanesboro. Photo by S. Lee Epps
Marie Petersen scores on a drive during convincing Spring Grove road win at Lanesboro. Photo by S. Lee Epps
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It was a hot-and-cold week for the Spring Grove Lions as they split a pair of games, the first one a non-conference loss at Caledonia, 81-31, on Monday night, Jan. 8. The Thursday conference game at LeRoy-Ostrander was postponed and rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17. The last game of the week was a 60-28 conference win at Lanesboro on Friday, during which Spring Grove torched the nets at 47% shooting. Spring Grove is 7-6 on the season (4-3 SEC).

Loss at Caledonia, 81-31

The Caledonia full-court defense and outside shooting were too much to overcome for the Spring Grove girls on the road. While the Lions scored first in the game, they were unable to handle the ball against the Warrior full-court defensive pressure with 15 first-half turnovers, 12 directly against the press.

While the Warriors didn’t always convert those steals into transition layups, they did hit an impressive 10 three-point baskets in the first half on the way to a 47-16 lead at the break. Caledonia (9-4) did finish with a huge 25-to-2 scoring advantage on fast-break opportunities, but 15 of those 25 points came off of defensive rebounds.

The Lions missed 37 shots but came up with only 6 offensive boards as they were outrebounded 48-20 overall – their greatest rebounding deficit of the year.

Eleven Warriors scored with four starters finishing in double figures. Jenna Twite had team highs with a 14-point, 10-rebound, double-double. Katie Tornstrom was close to her own double-double with 11 points and 9 boards. Amber Conniff put in 12 points and Ashley Schroeder had 11.

Lauryn Bohr hit 4 of 8 shots from the field and 3 of 4 free throws to lead the Lions with 11 points.

Reserve post player Harlee Gavin was 2 for 3 from the field and 3 for 3 from the foul line, scoring 7 points to go with 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and zero turnovers. Mariah Edgington had 6 points, 5 assists, and zero turnovers off the bench.

Spring Grove finished the game with 31 points while the Warriors had 31 made baskets, 12 of which were three-pointers. Caledonia shot well at 42%, including a scorching-hot 40% on 3-point attempts (12 for 30).

Warrior ball handlers were clicking with an impressive 24 assists on those 31 field goals and committing only 10 turnovers. The Lions had 8 assists with 23 turnovers.

The SG girls hit most of their free throws (9 of 15, 60%) but shot a weak 21% from the field with about one out of every five shots blocked by a Warrior defender.

The Lion offense was most successful passing the ball inside for 18 points, but the Warriors also passed into the post a lot, scoring 14 points inside and also putting in 10 points after offensive rebounds

The 81 Warrior points were the most given up by Spring Grove in 10 years (81-75 playoff loss to Rushford-Peterson). It was also the Lions' most lopsided loss in 11 years, since an 81-28 game that was also played against Caledonia.

It’s the sixth-straight win in the series for Caledonia, which has won 58 of the 68 games played against the Lions.

The Warriors also won the B-team game 49-19, the eighth-grade game 44-24 and the seventh-grade game 41-23.

Varsity: Caledonia 81, SG 31

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

*Lauryn Bohr 11P, 1R, 1S

*Alyssa Johnson 2P, 1A, 2B

Mariah Edgington 6P, 3R, 5A, 2S

*Amelia Solum 2R

*Kailee Olerud 2P, 4R, 1B

Sydnie Kampschroer 3P, 2R

Marie Petersen 1S

Harlee Gavin 7P, 2R, 2A

*Kaitlyn Gross 6R, 1S, 2B

TEAM TOTALS

SCORE by HALVES

SG 16+15=31

Cal 47+34+81

all FG: SG 21% (10-47), Cal 42% (31-74)

2-pt FG: SG 20% (8-40), Cal 43% (19-44)

3-pt FG: SG 29% (2-7), Cal 40% (12-30)

Free throws: SG 60% (9-15), Cal 70% (7-10)

Rebounds: SG 20, Cal 48

Turnovers: SG 23, Cal 10

2nd Chance pts: SG 4, Cal 19

Fast break pts: SG 2, Cal 25

Pts. in paint: SG 24, Cal 43

Fouls: SG 7, Cal 12

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Win at Lanesboro, 60-28

One game after their coldest shooting game of the season, the girls bounced back with their best-shooting night thus far at Lanesboro, where the Lions swept the season series and extended their winning streak against the Burros to 20 games

Combine the red-hot Lions with the cold shooting of Lanesboro, it was an early blowout with the Lions up 40-14 at halftime.

While the Lions shot a season-best 47%, Lanesboro managed only 19% - the coldest shooting game of any Spring Grove opponent this season.

Both teams shot better on the other team's home court as LHS had outshot the Lions 35% to 25% back in early December at Spring Grove. The Lions had won that first game by getting to the foul line for 30 free throws, but LHS greatly improved, limiting the Lions to only 14 foul shots in the rematch

Sydney Kampschroer led the Lions with 16 points and 9 rebounds, both career numbers.

Amelia Solum, like Kampschroer, hit 6 of 9 shots (2 of 2 from 3-point land) and added 14 points. Bohr hit 5 of 6 from the field for 11 points.

Alyssa Johnson put in 9 points along with dishing out a career-high 4 assists. Kailee Olerud contributed a career-best 4 steals along with 5 assists and 6 rebounds. Katelyn Gross shared Spring Grove rebounding honors with 9 boards and blocked 3 shots.

The Lions did not rely on 3-pointers but hit 5 of 8 for a season-high 63%. Kampschroer nailed three-straight treys as the Lions ran away with the game in the first half.

Sophomore guard Payton Benson led LHS with 13 points and sank a 3-pointer just a few seconds into the game. LHS quickly lost the lead, but the score was tied at 10-10 before SG launched an incredible 30-to-4 run.

The Lions broke the tie score by hitting 12 of their next 23 shots with no turnovers, all while the Burros self-destructed with 12 turnovers during 17 possessions

Lion ball-handling deteriorated with 13 of their 19 turnovers coming in the second half but the Burros finished with 25 lost possessions and was outscored by 26 points in the first half and 20-14 after the break.

With Bailey Ruen grabbing 12 rebounds, along with 8 each from Emily Snyder and Lexie Johnson, the Burros won the backboard battle (38 to 34 overall) with a huge 21-to-10 advantage with offensive boards. But, LHS did not shoot well enough to take advantage of those second chances

Each team was shorthanded, missing one usual starter in the lineup.

Spring Grove (7-6, 4-3 SEC) moved back into second place in the SEC East while the Burros (2-11, 2-4 SEC) lost their 10th-straight game.

The Lanesboro B-team earned a season split with a 24-16 win as did the SG eighth-graders with a 25-22 victory. The LHS seventh-graders completed a season sweep, 17-12.

SG 60, Lanesboro 28

INDIVIDUALS:

*Lauryn Bohr 11P, 4R, 2A, 3S, 2B

*Alyssa Johnson 9P, 3R, 4A, 1S, 1B

*Amelia Solum 14P, 1R, 2A, 4S, 1B

*Kailee Olerud 2P, 6R, 5A, 4S, 2B

Sydnie Kampschroer 16P, 9R, 1S

Marie Petersen 2P

Harlee Gavin 2P, 2R, 1A, 3S

*Kaitlyn Gross 4P, 9R, 1A, 3B

also playing - Hannah Borreson

TEAM TOTALS

SCORE by HALVES

SG 40+2=60

LHS 14+14=28

all FG: SG 47% (24-51), LHS 19% (11-59)

2-pt FG: SG 44% (19-43), LHS 18% (9-49)

3-pt FG: SG 63% (5-8), LHS 20% (2-10)

Free throws: SG 50% (7-14), LHS 67% (4-6)

Rebounds: SG 34, LHS 38

Turnovers: SG19, LHS 25

2nd Chance pts: SG 8, LHS 4

Fast break pts: SG 7, LHS 8

Pts. in paint: SG 37, LHS 20

Fouls: SG 5, LHS 12

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Schedule (updated since print edition)

The home game on Monday, Jan 15, against Lansing Kee was postponed due to travel concerns to be made up On Monday, Jan. 22. The Lions (7-7) were on the road the next night, losing to Grand Meadow 66-44 in a non-conference non-conference matchup.

Spring Grove starts a four-game home stand against Fillmore Central on Friday, Jan. 19. After a weekend off, the Lions host state-ranked No. 1 Lyle/Pacelli on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Southeast Conference Girls - updated since print edition through Jan. 16 games

>>EAST DIVISION

Houston………...5-2 (13-2 all)

Spring Grove…..4-3 (7-7 all)

Schaeffer Aca….3-4 (7-6 all)

Lanesboro……...2-4 (2-11 all)

Mabel-Canton....2-5 (3-11 all)

>>WEST DIVISION

Lyle/Pacelli……….7-0 (14-1 all)

Grand Meadow…..6-2 (11-4 all)

Randolph………….2-2 (10-4 all)

Glenville-Emmons.2-5 (3-10 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander...0-6 (0-11 all)

JAN. 16: Grand Meadow 66, Spring Grove 44

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Spring Grove Girls Basketball 2017-2018

7-7, (4-3 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* postponed to 2/17

W at Lanesboro*60-28

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

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

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

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

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

1-9 (1-5 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

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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

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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