Kaitlyn Gross shoots inside during Section 1A action at Randolph. Photo by S. Lee Epps
Kaitlyn Gross shoots inside during Section 1A action at Randolph. Photo by S. Lee Epps
The Spring Grove girls basketball team saw its season end with a loss in the round of 16 in the Section 1A playoffs. The No. 11 seeded Lions lost 45-36 at No. 6 Randolph with the Lions missing more free throws than the Rockets sank. Foul trouble and injury also hindered the Lions, who finished the season 10-14 (7-8 SEC).

The Spring Grove girls challenged Randolph (20-7) right to the end, but their upset bid could not quite overcome the combined obstacles of injury, fouls, rebounds and cold shooting.

Playing on the road in the round of 16, the Lions led favorite Randolph for most of the game. The script was completely different than the earlier conference game that took place on the same court during which the Rockets had scored the first 20 points and won by 17 (62-45).

In the playoff rematch, Spring Grove scored the first six points and trailed only once before leading 19-17 at halftime. The Lions fell behind in the second half but were actually within two points late in the game

In the earlier Randolph win, Alyssa Whitson and Megan Erickson had each scored 25 points while hitting six 3-point shots apiece. Last Thursday, Erickson was not available, and Whitson did not sink any treys. Spring Grove assistant coach Kody Moore credited the defense of Mariah Edgington for limiting Whitson to 10 points. Andrea Splichal led Rocket scoring with 13 points.

After 12 treys in the earlier game, Randolph hit only 2 of 15 three-point shots in the rematch.

Both teams were playing shorthanded as Spring Grove starting guard Alyssa Johnson was not in uniform after spraining an ankle the day before the game.

The Lion lineup was further challenged with Amelia Solum sitting out about eight minutes during the second half in foul trouble. The sophomore guard still shared game scoring honors with 13 points along with 5 rebounds.

Lauryn Bohr collected 10 rebounds to go with 5 points, 3 steals, and a blocked shot. Harlee Gavin added 7 points, 5 rebounds, and a team-high 5 steals.

SG was in the game until the end but did not shoot well enough to win. The Lions shot only 22% from the field, their second-lowest percentage of the season. Shot selection against a taller team may have played a role as 10 Spring Grove shots (nearly one out of every six) were blocked.

Just as damaging to Lion fortunes, Spring Grove hit only 10 of 26 free throws, missing 16 foul shots in a nine-point loss. Randolph sank 11 of 20 free throws, including a clutch 6 of 6 in the final 70 seconds.

The Rockets went into a delay offense with a 38-32 lead and scored their final seven points at the free throw line.

Another key was Randolph outscoring Spring Grove 14 to 2 in fast break offense.

Ironically, the game turned in the Rockets’ favor just as the Lions had taken their largest lead at 25-19. Spring Grove went scoreless during their next 10 possessions while Randolph ran off 10-straight points for a 29-25 lead and held on until the end.

The Lions committed seven fewer turnovers (15 to 22), but the Rockets used their height advantage well, holding a solid 44 to 33 rebounding margin. Randolph 6-foot-1 senior Hannah Neil amassed 19 rebounds and blocked 4 shots.

It was the 20th win of the season for the Rockets, who lead the series with 5 wins to 2 after winning the last four against the Lions.

Randolph advances to the quarterfinals against No. 3 seed and defending state champion Goodhue.

It was the final game for four Lion seniors - Gavin, Bohr, Kaitlyn Gross and Hannah Borreson.

Randolph 45, SG 36

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

*Lauryn Bohr 5P, 10R, 1A, 2S, 1B

Alyssa Johnson out injured

*Mariah Edgington 4P, 1R, 4A, 2S

*Amelia Solum 13P,5R, 2S

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

Sydnie Kampschroer 1P, 2R, 1A

*Harlee Gavin 7P, 5R, 5S

Kaitlyn Gross 5P, 3R, 2B



SG 19+17=36

Ran 17+28=45

all FG: SG 22% (12-55), Ran 32% (16-50)

2-pt FG: SG 21% (10-48), Ran 40% (14-35)

3-pt FG: SG 29% (2-7), Ran 13% (2-15)

Free throws: SG 38% (10-26), Ran 55% (11-20)

Rebounds: SG 33, Ran 44

Turnovers: SG 15, Ran 22

Fast break pts: SG 2, Ran 14

Pts. in paint: SG 22, Ran 30

------------------------------------- Section 1A Girls

Basketball Tournament 2018 (20 teams)

Defending section champion/state champion - Goodhue


#16 Lanesboro 34, #17 Bethlehem Academy 32

#13 Fillmore Central 98, #20 LeRoy-Ostrander 23

#15 Rushford-Peterson 51, #18 Hope Lutheran 30

#14 Mabel-Canton 56, #19 Glenville-Emmons 16


#1 Lyle/Pacelli 64, #16 Lanesboro 21

#8 Kingsland 54, #9 Schaeffer Academy 49

#4 Grand Meadow 48, #13 Fillmore Central 32

#12 Southland 63, #5 Houston 41

#2 Hayfield 84, #15 Rushford-Peterson 20

#7 Blooming Prairie 81, #10 Wabasha-Kellogg 38

#3 Goodhue 67, #14 Mabel-Canton 26

#6 Randolph 45, #11 Spring Grove 36


Quarterfinals at Rochester MCA (6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)

MONDAY, Feb. 26

#2 Hayfield 67, #7 Blooming Prairie 63 (2OT)

#3 Goodhue 53, #6 Randolph 19

TUESDAY, Feb. 27

#1 Lyle/Pacelli vs. #8 Kingsland

#4 Grand Meadow vs. #12 Southland



Semi-finals at Rochester MCA (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.)


FRIDAY, March 8

Finals at Rochester MCA (6 p.m.)


Spring Grove Girls Basketball 2017-2018 (end of regular season)

10-14, (6-7 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

W at Lanesboro*60-28

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

W vs. Fillmore Central 61-50

1/22 vs. Lansing Kee, canceled

L vs. Lyle/Pacelli*31-82

L vs. Houston*47-80

L vs. Waukon 53-66

L at Randolph*45-62

L at Kingsland 57-58

W vs. Glenville-Emmons* 71-43

L at Mabel-Canton*51-53

W at LeRoy-Ostrander*75-38


L at Randolph 36-45



1-16 (1-8 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. Fillmore Central 21-38

L vs. Lyle/Pacelli 34-38

L vs. Houston 30-32

L vs. Waukon 25-50

L at Randolph 23-41

L vs. Kingsland 25-46

L vs. Mabel-Canton 33-34



5-10 (4-6 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 Schaeffer Academy 24-28

L at Caledonia 24-44

W at Lanesboro 25-22

W at Grand Meadow 30-14

W vs. Fillmore Central 28-19

L vs. Houston 27-29

L at Kingsland 31-37

L vs. Caledonia 27-41

L at LeRoy-Ostrander 34-40



1-12 (1-7 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. Fillmore Central 14-25

L vs. Houston 15-24

L vs. Kingsland 22-28

L vs. Caledonia 33-38

W at LeRoy-Ostrander 42-12