Girls falter quickly vs. Knights, later vs. Falcons

LEFT: Jordian Leahy passes the ball out of heavy traffic to teammate Alyssa Johnson at Fillmore Central. RIGHT: Marie Petersen (right) contends for a loose ball with Fillmore Central’s Kassidy Broadwater.
By : 
Lee Epps

The Spring Grove girls could not maintain a halftime lead last week in a 69-58non-conference road loss at Fillmore Centralon Feb. 11 before closing the regular season on Feb. 14 with an 80-42runaway setback at Spring Valley against Kingsland

That second SEC loss to the Knights left the Lions with a 6-7 league record for a third place finish among five teams in the SEC East. Spring Grove, with four straight losses, ends the regular season at 10-11 overall.

Spring Grove will face Kingsland for the third time this season and the second time in eight days as both teams open section tournament play at Spring Valley on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Fillmore Central 69, SG 58

The Lions shot a hot 58% the first half but only led 34-32 at the break. That accuracy was greatly due to 19 fast break points; they would score only two points in transition during the second half when Fillmore Central (16-7) took control of the game, outscoring SG 37-24. 

Spring Grove had often thrived with fast breaks against the Falcon full-court defense. But FC did not press much after halftime, and the Lions relied too heavily on perimeter shots. After hitting 3 of just 6 trey attempts in the first half, SG connected on just 1 of 13 beyond the three-point arc after intermission.

The game turned on a 10-point Falcon run that extended their three-point lead into a 51-38 spread about midway through the second half. The Lions would then trail by as many as 18 points before falling by 11.

"It was another night where I felt like the way we played in the first half we could have played right with the majority of the teams in our section," said coach Kody Moore.

"We took care of the ball and were able to knock down open shots throughout the first half.  We went into halftime up two points and felt very confident we'd be able to keep that momentum going in the second half.  

"Unfortunately, we missed open looks early in the half, and they were able to make their run.  Cold shooting can be a part of the game, and in the last two games, that was the story of the second half.  

"I was happy with the way we continued to battle to the end.  Mariah Edgington and Alyssa Johnson did a good job of staying aggressive and continuing to attack the rim throughout the game.

 "Amelia Solum was able to attack, get to the free throw line often as well which was good to see.  

"I feel confident that if we can put two halves together and find that consistency, we will be able to make a run in the tournament. " 

Three Lions scored in double figures. Edgington had team highs with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 steals and 5 assists.

Johnson added 15 points while Solum scored 11 points along with 6 rebounds.

With five more turnovers (23 to 18) and 18 fewer rebounds (23 to 41), the Lions attempted fewer shots from both the field and the free throw line. SG hit a good 67% from the charity line (16 for 24), but the home team went 17 for 31.

Junior center Kandace Sikkink led FC with 20 points, one of four Falcons scoring in double figures.

Spring Grove had led by as many as six points in a first half that saw the lead change seven times. Early in the second half, the eighth lead change put Fillmore Central ahead for good.

The Falcons have now won six of the last eight games against Spring Grove, but the Lions still lead all-time, 20 wins to 16.

The Falcons took all four games on Monday, dominating the B-teamcontest                                , the eighth grade game 47-9 and the seventh grade game 42-4. 

Fillmore Central 69, SG 58

>>SG 34+24=58

>>FC 32_+37=69

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

*Johnson 15P, 2R, 1S;  

*Edgington 17P, 8R, 5A, 7S; 

*Solum 11P, 6R, 1A, 1S; 

*Olerud 5P, 2R, 2A, 3S, 1B; 

*Kampschroer6P, 3R, 1A; 

Petersen 2P, 1R; 

Leahy 1R;

Doering 2P, 1S



all FG: SG 38% (19-50), FC 41% (24-59)

2-pt FG: SG 48% (15-31), FC 45% (20-45)

3-pt FG: SG 21% (4-19), FC 29% (4-14)

Free throws:SG 67% (16-24), FC 5% (17-31)

Rebounds: SG 23, FC 41

Turnovers: SG 23, FC 18

2nd Chance pts: SG 4, FC 14

Fast break pts: SG 21, FC 15

Perimeter pts: SG 12, FC 21

Pts. in paint: SG 44, FC 43

Fouls: SG 20, FC 22


Kingsland 80, SG 42

The Knights (15-9, 10-3) had to have this win to share the East Division championship, and they wasted no time, bolting out to a 24-3 lead on the way to a 47-26 halftime margin.  

Kingsland matched a season high for a Lion opponent by shooting 54% from the field overall and 57% from 2-point range. The 43% from 3-point land was exceptional as well. SG shot only 21% overall, including 21% from 3-point land (6 for 29).

The Knights' gaudy shooting percentage benefited from 59 points coming at close range inside the lane - most often in the half-court offense with passes into the post. And with superior speed, Kingsland outscored SG 28-6 with fast break layups. 

The Lions, however, shot a very strong 80% from the from the foul line (16 for 24,) where they doubled the output of the home team (8 for 16, 50%) 

Lauren Buchholtz, who had broken the Kingsland career scoring record for girls in an earlier 65-46 win at Spring Grove, broke the school career scoring record (boys and girls) in this home rout with 25 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists.

Her sister, Ellie Buchholtz, added 21 points, 6 boards and 7 assists.

Johnson led Lion scoring with 13 points while Edgington added 9 and Solum 8.

All eight Lions rebounded, but Kingsland controlled the glass with a huge 41-to-21 rebounding advantage.

"Our game plan was to come out and eliminate drives to the hoop and force them to take outside shots," said Moore.  "They started out shooting extremely well from the outside. Multiple girls were hitting shots, which made it tough on us defensively." 

Each team hit a 3-point basket to open the game, but the Lions would miss their next eight shots in addition to six early turnovers. SG finished with 22 turnovers to 18 for KHS.

"They jumped out to a big lead early," added Moore. "And we really struggled to make shots throughout the night.

"On a positive note, even with the score being lopsided, I really felt the girls continued to battle to the end." 

Kingsland edged ahead in the series with four wins to three for Spring Grove. 

The Lion B-teamclosed the season at 5-13 with a 47-42loss at Kingsland.

Kingsland 80, SG 42

>>SG    26+16=42

>>KHS 47+33=80

INDIVIDUALS:*Johnson13P, 3R, 1A, 1B;  

*Edgington 9P, 5R, 3A, 5S, 4B;

*Solum 8P, 4R, 2A, 1S;

*Olerud 3P, 3R, 1S, 1B; 

*Kampschroer6P, 2R, 1A, 2S; 

Petersen 1P, 1R, 1A, 2S; 

Leahy 1R; 

Doering 2P, 2R, 2S



all FG: SG 21% (10-49), KHS 54% (33-61)

2-pt FG: SG 20% (4-20), KHS 57% (27-47)

3-pt FG: SG 21% (6-29), KHS 43% (6-14)

Free throws:SG 80% (16-20), KHS 50% (80-16)

Rebounds: SG 21, KHS 41

Turnovers: SG 22, KHS 18

2nd Chance pts: SG 4, KHS 12

Fast break pts: SG 6, KHS 28

Perimeter pts: SG 20, KHS 20

Pts. in paint: SG 20, KHS 59

Fouls: SG 15, KHS 16


Southeast Conference 2019 Girls Basketball (updated since print edition through Feb. 18 games)



Kingsland* 10-3 SEC (15-9 season)  

Houston* 10-3 SEC (15-10 season) 

Spring Grove 6-7 SEC, (10-11 season)

Mabel-Canton 4-9 SEC (7-19 season)

Lanesboro 2-11 SEC (3-21 season) 

* co-champions


Grand Meadow* 12-1 SEC (23-1 season) 

Lyle/Pacelli* 12-1 SEC (20-4 season)  

Randolph 7-6 SEC (14-11 season) 

LeRoy-Ostrander 1-12 SEC (7-17 season)  

Schaeffer Academy 1-12 SEC (5-18 season)

* co-champions


Spring Grove Girls Basketball 

approximately 7:15 unless noted. * SEC game

10-11 (6-6 SEC) end of regular aseason

L vs. Lyle/Pacelli* 57-72

W at Lanesboro* 73-45

W at Schaeffer Academy* 63-37

W vs. Mabel-Canton*55-52

W vs. Charles City 68-46

W vs. Decorah 61-56

L at Houston*50-80

L at Grand Meadow 49-93 (non-conf.)

L at Cannon Falls 58-66

W at Rushford-Peterson 61-47

L vs. Kingsland* 46-65

W vs. Lanesboro* 49-44
L at Randolph*51-74

W vs. La Crescent-Hokah 63-58

L vs. Grand Meadow*32-72

W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander* 55-42

01-28 at Waukon - canceled

W at Mabel-Canton*51-37

L vs. Caledonia 51-89

L vs. Houston*45-72

L at Fillmore Central 58-69

L at Kingsland* 42-80


B-team Girls 5-13

W vs. Lyle/Pacelli          44-14

L at Lanesboro                        21-31

W at Schaeffer Aca.      35-16

W vs. Mabel-Canton    38-32

W vs. Decorah              37-34

L at Houston                21-37

L at Grand Meadow     24-69

L at Rushford-Peterson 29-46

L vs. Kingsland                        21-56

L vs. Lanesboro                       24-59

L at Randolph              40-46

L vs. La Crescent-Hokah           23-42

L vs. Grand Meadow   22-65

W at Mabel-Canton      30-23

L vs. Caledonia                        28-51

L vs. Houston

L at Fillmore Central      14-48

L at Kingsland             42-47


8th Grade Girls 4-14

L vs. Lanesboro                       16-23

W at Schaeffer Aca.      17-16

L vs. Lansing Kee        14-21

L at Mabel-Canton        8 -13

L vs. Caledonia                        8-53

L at Rushford-Peterson            7-52

L vs. Kingsland                        13-23

L at Lanesboro                        13-41

W at Houston               23-11

L vs. LeRoy-Ostrander23-24

W vs. Houston             39-25

L vs. Southland                       15-20

L vs. La Crescent-Hokah           21-41

L vs. Grand Meadow   10-38

L vs. Mabel-Canton     23-26

L vs. Caledonia                        13-42

W at Houston

L at Fillmore Central      9-47


7th Grade Girls 4-10

L vs. Lanesboro                       11-23

L vs. Lansing Kee        24-29

L at Mabel-Canton       14-17

L vs. Caledonia                        10-30

L at Rushford-Peterson   4-41

L vs. Kingsland                        10-39

W at Lanesboro                       20-17

W at Houston               24-11

L vs. La Crescent-Hokah            14-18 OT

L vs. Grand Meadow   15-35

W vs. Mabel-Canton    17-9

L vs. Caledonia                        18-39

W vs. Houston

L at Fillmore Central      4-42