Girls complete sweep of Schaeffer, 56-47

LEFT: Maggie Lile uses a screen set by teammate Amelia Solum versus Schaeffer Academy. RIGHT: Marie Petersen drives to the basket during win at Rochester against Schaeffer Academy.
S. Lee Epps

Amelia Solum poured in 27 points and Jacine Johanningmeier had a 12-point, 12-rebound double double as the Spring Grove girls prevailed over Schaeffer Academy for the second time this season, 56-47.

Steady ball-handling, taking the ball inside and excellent free throw shooting propelled the girls to their second straight road road win of the season and 19th victory in 20 games against Schaeffer Academy.

This Jan. 30 rematch at Rochester completed a season sweep for Spring Grove after a 45-39 home win in mid-December. 

Both teams came into that first meeting at 0-7, and they both had similar records for the rematch. The Grove girls left Rochester at 5-15, and the big city Lions slipped to 5-16. They ended last week tied for fourth and fifth places in the SEC East with identical 3-8 conference records.

It was a matter of Spring Grove drives and post passes versus Schaeffer 3-point baskets. With Schaeffer most often unable to stop Solum from dribbling inside, Grove outscored the home team 39 to 6 in the lane. Johanningmeier scored four times with post passes and twice with offensive rebounds.

Both teams shot well from 3-point range (SG 33%, SA 30%). While Spring Grove worked the ball inside, Schaeffer launched 33 trey attempts to only 21 shots closer in. 

Schaeffer's 10 made triples matched a season-most for Grove opponents (Houston also hit 10) and kept the home team in the game.

Overall, the Grove girls outshot the other Lions 36% to 32% from the field and made better use of the free throws. SG hit 12 of 15 foul shots (80%) to Schaeffer's 5 of 11 (45%). That 80% is a season best when attempting more than six free throws.

SG had only 10 turnovers, but Schaeffer lost possession only 14 times. Each team had 12 offensive rebounds with a last-minute Solum rebound giving Grove a 32-31 edge overall.

In addition to Johanningmeier's dozen boards, Solum finished with 7 rebounds and Katelyn Kraus 6.

In addition to Solum and Johanningmeier double-digit scoring, Maggie Lile put in 6 points, Marie Petersen 5, Emerson Ingvalson 4 and Kraus 2. Usual starter Jordian Leahy was unavailable with injury.

Elizabeth Carter led Schaeffer with 13 points.

Spring Grove jumped out to an early 12-4 lead, but Schaeffer scored the next eight points (12-12), and there would be two lead changes before Grove took a 25-21 lead into halftime.

Spring Grove appeared to be in control after scoring the first eight points of the second half to lead 33-21. But a later 9-point Schaeffer spurt got the home team back within a point at 41-40.

However, Spring Grove promptly replied to that challenge with a 7-point run and a 48-40 lead with 4:27 to play. Spring Grove won the second half by five points after taking the first half by four.

Schaeffer again won the B-teamgame 33-9, while Spring Grove took the eighth grade game 16-8. Schaffer does not have a separate seventh grade team.


SG 25+31=56

SA 21+26=47 

Rebounds: SG 32, SA 31 

Turnovers: SG 10, SA 14 

All FG: SG 36%, SA 32% 

2-pt FG: SG 37%, SA 35%

3-pt FG: SG 33% (4-12), SA 30% (10-33)

Free throws: SG 80% (12-15), SA 45% (5-11) 

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

*Johanningmeier 12P, 12R, 3S; *Amelia Solum 27P, 7R, 3A, 1S; *Kraus 2P, 6R, 1S; Ingvalson 4P, 2R, 1A; *Petersen 5P, 3R, 3S; McHugh 1R, 2S; *Lile 6P, 1R, 3A; also playing - Lydia Solum 

This week and next

It was a Class AA road tour as this week began at La Crescent-Hokah on Monday and at Lewiston-Altura on Tuesday.

The girls are back home with a conference clash with Kingsland on Friday, Feb. 7. It is off across the border to Lansing (Iowa) on Tuesday, Feb. 11 versus Kee High.

The conference season closes on Friday, Feb 14 at home for the rematch with Lanesboro. The regular season ends for the girls the next afternoon (Saturday, Feb. 15) as Spring Grove hosts a girls-boys varsity double header with Cannon Falls. The girls tip at 4 p.m. with the boys to follow at approximately 6 p.m.


SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE Girls Basketball 2020 (updated since print edition through Feb. 3 games)


Houston…………………9-0 (15-5 season) clinched championship

Lanesboro……………...5-5 (8-13 season)

Mabel-Canton…………5-6 (8-13 season)

Schaeffer Academy…4-8 (6-16 season)

Spring Grove………..3-8 (5-16 season)


Kingsland…………….…10-0 (14-8 season)

Grand Meadow……….9-2 (14-7 season)

Randolph……………….6-5 (8-13 season)

Lyle/Pacelli……………3-8 (4-17 season)

LeRoy-Ostrander.…...0-12 (0-20 season)


Spring Grove Varsity Girls 2020 (updated since print edition through Feb. 3 games)

5 wins, 16 losses (3-8 SEC)

*conference games -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

L vs. Lyle/Pacelli* 41-43 (OT)

L vs. Fillmore Central 39-53

L at Houston* 54-69

W vs. Rushford-Peterson 59-35

L vs. Mabel-Canton* 41-53

W at LeRoy-Ostrander*49-34

L vs. Grand Meadow* 22-60

W at Schaeffer Academy*56-47

L at La Crescent-Hokah 39-70

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

>>>2 wins, 15 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

L vs. Fillmore Central 8-64

L at Houston 12-40

L vs. Rushford-Peterson 17-29

L vs. Mabel-Canton 19-29

W at LeRoy-Ostrander 17-16

L vs. Grand Meadow 13-38

L at Schaeffer Academy 9-33

L at La Crescent-Hokah 18-53


Spring Grove 8th Grade Girls 2020

3 wins, 9 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

L vs. Fillmore Central 13-28

L at Houston 10-27

L vs. Rushford-Peterson 8-36

W vs. Mabel-Canton 21-19

W at LeRoy-Ostrander 38-12

W at Schaeffer Academy 16-8

L at La Crescent-Hokah 12-13


Spring Grove 7th Grade Girls 2020

>>>3 wins, 6 losses

L at Caledonia

W vs. Houston 20-18

L at Mabel-Canton 12-14

L at Lanesboro 8-18 

L vs. Fillmore Central 10-24

W vs. Houston 21-19

L vs. Rushford-Peterson 12-21

W vs. Mabel-Canton 21-16

L at La Crescent-Hokah 19-24