Kaitlyn Gross (#50) vies for possession between Waukon’s Annika Headington and Allison Goltz (#10). Photo by S. Lee Epps
Kaitlyn Gross (#50) vies for possession between Waukon’s Annika Headington and Allison Goltz (#10). Photo by S. Lee Epps
It was a hot-and-cold week for the Spring Grove girls basketball team as the Lions dropped a couple of games, starting on Monday, Jan. 29, at home against Waukon 66-53. The Lions hit the road as the calendar turned to Feb. 1 on Thursday, losing at Randolph 62-45, doomed by a slow start to the game offensively. The Lion girls slipped to 8-11 overall (4-6 SEC) with four regular-season games left.

Loss to Waukon 66-53

Thirteen was not a lucky number for the Spring Grove girls in their non-conference game with Waukon. The hot-shooting Lions led by 10 points at halftime. However, things went in a completely opposite direction after the break when Spring Grove was doomed by cold shooting. After the Lions hit 53% of their shots while scoring 40 points in the first half, 13 was the key number after the intermission, when the Lions shot only 13% while adding only 13 points and losing by 13 points.

Spring Grove led by 12 (42-30) early in the second half before Waukon scored on 12 of 14 possessions during a staggering 24-to-4 run with half of those Indian points coming on fast breaks.

Waukon (11-6) pushed the tempo, scoring more than half (35) of its points in transition and 58 of its 66 points in the lane.

Both teams defended the other full-court, so the pace was furious until the Indians went to a delay offense for the final five minutes, extending their six-point lead (54-48) to a 13-point win.

Lauryn Bohr had a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double for Spring Grove. Kailee Olerud added 10 points with 9 points each coming from both Alyssa Johnson and Mariah Edgington.

For the visitors, junior guard Lauren Griffith had an impressive double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds. In the post, 6-foot-1 McKenzie Cooper came off the bench to put in 24 points along with 8 rebounds. Freshman Annika Headington passed out 7 assists.

It wasn’t surprising that the racehorse pace resulted in 41 turnovers, Spring Grove with 25 and Waukon with 16. The Lions, in the high-scoring first half, shot well enough to overcome the ball-handling mistakes for a 40-30 halftime lead. However, Spring Grove could add only three baskets in the second half

The Lions hit a solid 11 for 13 at the foul line (85%). The Indians (13 for 23 overall) were not as accurate until the final few minutes when they sank 8 of 9 free throws to help seal the win.

Waukon, a Class AAA school in Iowa, had a main playing rotation of eight juniors and one freshman starter. It’s the second-straight win for the Indians in a series they now lead 18 to 11.

Waukon also won the B-team game 50-25.

SG 53, Waukon 66

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

*Lauryn Bohr 13P, 11R, 2S, 1B

*Alyssa Johnson 9P, 1R, 1S

Mariah Edgington 9P, 4R, 1A, 4S

*Amelia Solum 6P, 3R, 6A

*Kailee Olerud 10P, 5R, 2A, 2S, 2B

Sydnie Kampschroer 2P, 1A

*Kaitlyn Gross 4P, 8R, 2A, 1S, 2B

also playing - Harlee Gavin



SG 40+13=53

Wau 30+36=66

all FG: SG 36% (19-54), Wau 42% (26-62)

2-pt FG: SG 37% (15-41), Wau 45% (25-55)

3-pt FG: SG 31% (4-13), Wau 14% (1-7)

Free throws: SG 85% (11-13), Wau 57% (13-23)

Rebounds: SG 32, Wau 38

Turnovers: SG 25, Wau 16

2nd Chance pts: SG 4, Wau 14

Fast break pts: SG 9, Wau 35

Pts. in paint: SG 37, Wau 58

Loss at Randolph 62-45

A slow start doomed the Lions as Randolph scored the first 20 points, and two Rockets each scored 25 points.

Megan Erickson and Alyssa Whitson each had a half-dozen 3-point field goals. Erickson and Whitson were quite the 1-2 punch for the Rockets. Erickson, a 5-8 freshman, scored 22 of her 25 points in the first half before Whitson, a 5-11 senior, had 18 of her 25 in the second half. Hannah Neil, a 6-1 senior, was a force inside with 14 rebounds and blocked 4 shots.

For Spring Grove (8-11, 4-6 SEC), Amelia Solum hit 3 of 6 beyond the arc and finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals. Bohr added 10 points and 8 rebounds.

The most consistent scoring took place from long-range. Both teams had a better shooting percentage beyond the 3-point arc than they did with 2-point attempts and free throws.

Each team shot very well from 3-point range - SG 43% and the Rockets 41%, but Randolph launched more than twice as many long-range shots, hitting 12 of 29 treys. The Lions sank 6 of 14 triples while being outscored 36 to 12 from outside.

The Rockets (14-6, 5-3 SEC) shot more often, mostly due to an 18-to-11 margin in offensive rebounds.

After starting in a 20-point hole, the Lions outscored Randolph 45-42 the rest of the way but never challenged the lead. Down 31-12 at halftime, Spring Grove never got closer than 17 points in the second half and trailed by as many as 28.

The Rockets have won the last three games in a series they now lead 4 wins to 2.

The Lion B-team (1-14) lost to the Rockets 41-23.

SG 45, Randolph 62

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

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

*Alyssa Johnson 1P, 6R, 1A

M. Edgington 3P, 3R, 2A, 2S, 2B

*Amelia Solum 13P, 7R, 1A, 5S, 1B

*Kailee Olerud 2P, 6R, 1S, 1B

Sydnie Kampschroer 6P, 2R, 3A

Harlee Gavin 6P, 1A

*Kaitlyn Gross 4P, 2R, 1A, 1S, 4B



SG 12+33=45

Wau 31+31=62

all FG: SG 30% (17-56), Ran 33% (24-72)

2-pt FG: SG 26% (11-42), Ran 28% (12-43)

3-pt FG: SG 43% (6-14), Ran 41% (12-29)

Free throws: SG 38% (5-13), Ran 40% (2-5)

Rebounds: SG 34, Ran 47

Turnovers: SG 22, Ran 20

2nd Chance pts: SG 2, Ran 18

Fast break pts: SG 1-, Ran 7

Pts. in paint: SG 27, Ran 26



The Feb. 5, road game at Mabel-Canton was postponed a week to Monday Feb. 12. Spring Grove heads to Spring Valley for a matchup at Kingsland on Thursday, Feb. 8, in non-conference play, before wrapping up the week on Friday night with an SEC home game against Glenville-Emmons in what was supposed to be the regular season finale.

After the Monday makeup game at Mabel-Canton, the Lions also have a rescheduled game at LeRoy-Ostrander on Saturday, Feb. 17.


Southeast Conference Girls (updated since print edition through Monday, Feb. 5 games)


Houston………....8-2 (18-3 all)

Schaeffer Aca…. 5-6 (13-9 all)

Mabel-Canton…4-5 (6-14 all)

Spring Grove…...4-6 (8-11 all)

Lanesboro……....2-9 (3-16 all)


Lyle/Pacelli……….12-0 (21-1 all)

Grand Meadow….. 9-2 (18-4 all)

Randolph………….6-3 (15-6 all)

Glenville-Emmons..2-9 (3-16 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander…0-10 (0-20 all)


Spring Grove Girls Basketball 2017-2018 (updated since print edition through Feb. 5 games)

8-11, (4-6 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

L at Randolph*45-62

Mon......2/05......at Mabel-Canton*ppd to Feb. 12

Thur......2/08.....at Kingsland 7:30 pm

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

Mon......2/12......at Mabel-Canton*

Sat.........2/17.... at LeRoy-Ostrander*



1-14 (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. 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



4-7 (4-5 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

L vs. Houston 27-29



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