Record-smashing win, two losses - one in OT for Lion girls

Senior Amelia Solum broke two Spring Grove girls single-game records with 42 points and 10 three-point field goals in a 75-45 home win against Klawock, Alaska, on Dec. 30. Four Lions contributed to the team's 15 treys, a girls single-game team record.

The week continued with a 60-41 road loss at Southland on Jan. 2 and ended at home the next night with a 43-41 overtime loss to Lyle/Pacelli. Solum scored 28 of the team's 41 total points in each of those two games.

The Lions closed the week at 2-11 (1-5 SEC), having dropped five of the six games decided by single-digit margins.

SG 75, Klawock 45

Solum had a double double by halftime and broke the 3-point record with eight treys before the break. She had tied the record earlier this season with seven triples at Grand Meadow. 

Solum, who nailed 10 of 13 trey attempts overall, went 7 for 7 at one stretch in the first half. 

She had the rare 3-point trifecta, scoring three points in three different ways in the same game. There were the 3-point field goals; then fouled while making a 2-point basket, Solum sank the free throw.  She was also fouled while attempting a 3-pointer and then hit all three free throws. She finished 8 for 10 at the foul line.

She was congratulated by former 3-ball record holder Jenna Ingvalson, whose niece, seventh grader Emerson Ingvalson, contributed two treys to the team record in this game.

The 42 points surpassed the 37 scored by Richell Mehus in the 2012 state tournament.

The Lions hit a fantastic 60% from afar, sinking 15 of 25 triple attempts. They outshot the Chieftains overall with a season-best 43% to 33%.

Both teams took good advantage of trips to the foul line, where the Lions hit 10 of 16 free throws (63%) and Klawock 11 of 14 (79%).

Klawock (kluh-WOCK) came in undefeated at 2-0, scored first and led 6-5 before the Lions scored on their next six possessions to go up 21-8.

It was 48-21 at halftime, the most first-half points scored by Spring Grove in two years. The greatest spread was 34 points (75-41) before the Chieftains tallied the final four points.

Solum also had a career best with 12 rebounds. Freshman Maggie Lile had 15 points and 3 steals, both career highs.

Ingvalson, in her ninth varsity game as a seventh grader, had career highs with 8 points and 4 assists. 

Marie Petersen had a career-best 5 assists as did freshman Addyson McHugh with 4 helpers.

Sophomore Jordian Leahy (6 points) had career bests with 6 steals and 4 assists.

The 20 assists and 17 steals were the most this season for the Lions, who also held a slim 31-to-28 rebounding advantage. It was only the second time in 11 games that Spring Grove won the rebounding battle.

If there was a shortcoming, it was giving up 23 fast-break points to the Alaskans, who scored 35 of their 45 points in the lane.

Two Chieftains accounted for all but two of their points. Six-foot senior center Taya Marvin had 23 points, 8 rebounds and 7 blocked shots. Sophomore point guard Kenai Holien tossed in 20 points.

The Chieftains, who had left Alaska with a 2-0 record, subsequently lost at Rushford-Peterson 61-50 and at Lanesboro 61-42. 

There was no B-teamgame.

>>SG 48+27=75

>>Kla 21+24=45 

Rebounds: SG 31, Kla 28

Turnovers: SG 15, Kla 22

All FG: SG 43% (25-58), Kla 33% (16-49)

2-pt FG: SG 30% (10-33), Kla 34% (14-41)

3-pt FG: SG 60% (15-25), Kla 25% (2-8)

Fr throws: SG 63% (10-16), Kla 79% (11-14)

P-points, R-rebounds, A-assists, S-steals, B-blocks, * starter

*Amelia Solum42P, 12R, 1A, 3S; Kraus2R; Ingvalson8P, 2R, 4A, 2S; *Petersen1P, 4R, 5A, 2S; *Leahy6P, 4A, 6S; Olerud1R; *McHugh3P, 3R, 4A, 1S; *Lile15P, 7R, 2A, 3S


Southland 60, SG 41

A taller Rebel team dominated with a huge 28-rebound margin and took advantage of 28 Spring Grove turnovers. 

Both teams shot about the same percentage (SG 37%, SHS 36%), but Southland attempted 61 official shots to only 41 for the Lions. The Rebels hit only 2 of 16 shots from 3-point range, but scored 20 points with fast breaks while scoring 46 of their 61 points in the lane.

And Southland made more free throws (14 for 24) than Spring Grove attempted (6 for 13).

Solum scored a game-high 28 points and also led Lion rebounding with 6 caroms.

Junior guard Kayla Nelson scored 18 points for Southland while sophomore Bailey Johnson had an 11-point, 16-rebound double double.

The Lions never led but rallied from an early nine-point deficit to tie the score three times before the Rebels separated for good with a 12-point run and 30-18 lead.

Down 35-25 at halftime, Spring Grove scored first in the second half but would get no closer than that eight-point margin. The greatest spread was the final 19-point result.

The B-teamgame went to the Rebels, 53-26.


>>SG   25+16=41 

>>SHS 35+25=60  

Rebounds: SG 21, SHS 49

Turnovers: SG 28, SHS 19

All FG: SG 37% (15-41), SHS 36% (22-61)

2-pt FG: SG 53% (10-19), SHS 44% (20-45)

3-pt FG: SG 23% (5-22), SHS 13% (2-16)

Free throws: SG 46% (6-13), SHS 58% (14-24)

*Johanningmeier3P, 3R, 1A, 1B; *Amelia Solum28P, 6R, 2A, 1S; Kraus3R, 1S; Ingvalson3P, 3R, 1A, 3S; *Petersen5P, 1R, 2S; *Leahy2P, 1R, 1A, 1B; McHugh1R; *Lile3R, 2S 


L/P 43, SG 41 (OT)

The Lions led almost all game but needed a Solum 3-point field goal with nine seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime at 39-39. 

Solum then drove to put Spring Grove ahead 41-39, but that would be lone Lion basket in the four-minute extra period (1 for 6).

Both offenses struggled in overtime; the Athletics had four turnovers and missed two free throws before two made free throws tied it again with 1:09 on the overtime clock.

Rachel Nelson scored the winner in transition as L/P broke the Lion full-court defense with 15 seconds to play.

The Lions had their best rebounding total and rebounding margin of the season, 40 to 34. But Spring Grove shot a season-worst 31% (4 for 13) from the foul line. Overtime would have been unnecessary had either team been able to hit free throws (L/P 8-21, 37%).

From the field, the Lions were far better from 3-point land (35% to 15%), but L/P was much better with 2-point attempts (36% to 18%).

At the end, SG had outscored L/P 37 to 35 from the field, but the Athletics hit four more free throws.

Jacine Johanningmeier had career highs with 16 rebounds and 3 assists. Leahy contributed 7 points and 7 rebounds.

Solum had 28 points for the second straight night along with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

For the second straight season against SG, two-time L/P all-conference senior guard Olivia Christianson was one statistic away from a triple double with 20 points, 16 rebounds and 9 steals. Senior forward Rachel Nelsen scored 14 points.

L/P scored the first three points of the game and then trailed until finally pulling even with just under six minutes to play.

The score was tied three times before the A's finally regained the lead with 44 seconds remaining in regulation.

It was the 10th straight win for the L/P girls in a series that Spring Grove still leads 24 to 11.

Both teams came in with 1-4 conference records and almost the same season mark with SG at 2-10 and L/P at 2-9. The Athletics left at 3-9 (2-4 SEC). 

It was the same night that the Lion boys also lost to L/P in overtime.

The Athletics also won the girls B-teamgame, 41-15.


>>SG  21+18+2=41

>>L/P 13+26+4=43

Rebounds: SG 40, L/P 34

Turnovers: SG 22, L/P 21

All FG: SG 26% (14-54), L/P 29% (16-56)

2-pt FG: SG 18% (5-28), L/P 36% (13-36)

3-pt FG: SG 35% (9-26), L/P 15% (3-20)

Free throws: SG 31% (4-13), L/P 38% (8-21)

*Johanningmeier 16R, 3A, 1S, 2B; *Amelia Solum28P, 5R, 3A, 3S; Kraus5R, 1A, 3S; Ingvalsonplayed no stats; *Petersen1P, 3R, 1S; *Leahy7P, 7R, 2A; McHugh2P, 3R, 1S; *Lile3P, 1R, 1A, 1S

This week and next

The girls hosted a good team from Fillmore Central (7-4) on Tuesday of this week before heading to Houston on Thursday, Jan. 9. The East Division-leading Hurricanes defeated SG 81-23 in early December.

It will be a week before the next games when the girls host Rushford-Peterson on Thursday, Jan. 16 and then Grand Meadow on Jan. 17. 


SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE Girls Basketball 2020 (through Jan. 3 games)


Houston…………………4-0 (7-3 season)

Lanesboro……………...5-1 (6-6 season)

Mabel-Canton…………2-3 (4-8 season)

Schaeffer Academy…1-4 (2-9 season)

Spring Grove………..1-5 (2-11 season)


Kingsland…………….…6-0 (7-5 season)

Grand Meadow……….3-2 (5-5 season)

Randolph……………….3-2 (4-7 season)

Lyle/Pacelli……………2-4 (3-9 season)

LeRoy-Ostrander.…...0-6 (0-9 season)


Spring Grove Varsity Girls 2020-----2 wins, 11 losses (1-5 SEC)

*conference games --home games bold. approximately 7:15 p.m. unless noted; # girls/boys double header

L at Caledonia 24-69

L vs. Waukon 27-53

L vs. Decorah 38-47

L vs. Houston 23-81

L at Mabel-Canton*37-39

L at Lanesboro*33-34                         

L vs. Crestwood 19-59

W vs. Schaeffer Academy*45-39

L at Grand Meadow (non-conf.) 34-60

L vs. Randolph* 44-49

W vs. Klawock, Alaska75-45

L at Southland 41-60

Lyle/Pacelli* 41-43 (OT)

Tues. 01-07 Fillmore Central

Thur. 01-09 at Houston*

Thur. 01-16 Rushford-Peterson

Fri. 01-17 Grand Meadow* 

Mon. 01-20 Mabel-Canton* 

Fri. 01-24 at LeRoy-Ostrander*

Thur. 01-30 at Schaeffer Academy*

Mon.  02-03 at La Crescent-Hokah

Tues. 02-04 at Lewiston-Altura 7:30 P.M.

Fri. 02-07 Kingsland*

Tues. 02-11 at Lansing Kee 7:30 P.M.

Fri. 02-14 Lanesboro*

Sat. 02-15 #Cannon Falls 4 P.M.


Spring Grove B-Team Girls 2020

>>>1 win, 8 losses

L at Caledonia 7-45 

L vs. Waukon 17-41

L vs. Decorah 17-48

L vs. Houston 20-56

W at Mabel-Canton 29-27

L at Lanesboro 24-53

L at Grand Meadow 14-47

L at Southland 26-53

L vs. Lyle/Pacelli 15-41


Spring Grove 8th Grade Girls 2020

0 wins, 5 losses

L at Caledonia

L vs. Houston 13-19

L at Mabel-Canton 14-18

L at Lanesboro 12-19

L at Grand Meadow 16-17 OT


Spring Grove 7th Grade Girls 2020

>>>1 win, 3 losses

L at Caledonia

W vs. Houston 20-18

L at Mabel-Canton 12-14

L at Lanesboro 8-18