Girls grab first win versus Schaeffer, fall at Grand Meadow

LEFT: Jordian Leahy scoops up a shot from the baseline at Grand Meadow. RIGHT: Marie Peterson drives to score during 45-39 win against Schaeffer Academy. Photos by S. Lee Epps
S. Lee Epps

The Spring Grove girls claimed their first win of the season, 45-39, while keeping visiting Schaeffer Academy winless. 

Two nights later on Dec. 17 in a non-conference game at Grand Meadow, All-SEC Spring Grove senior Amelia Solum tied a Lion girls' record with seven 3-point field goals, but a close game through the first 12 minutes suddenly became a Superlark runaway and eventual 60-34 decision.

There were 13 three-point baskets in each game - and in each case, the winning team putting in six 3-balls and the losing team seven.

The Lions scored well at times, especially from beyond the 3-point arc and the free throw line. But they also suffered though a low-scoring half in both games. It was a slow scoring start against Schaeffer before a frustrating finish at Grand Meadow.

The Spring Grove record went to 1-8 (1-3 SEC) while Schaeffer left town at 0-8 (0-3 SEC). With the non-conference victory, the Superlarks improved to 5-3 (3-1 SEC). The Larks and Lions will play their conference game in Spring Grove on Jan. 17.

With an early holiday printing schedule, the Herald went to press before the Saturday, Dec. 21 game versus Randolph. Complete coverage will be in next week's edition.

The 0-7 beginning was not the longest slide in the Lion record book, but it was the slowest start. But the early contests against several much larger schools presented a challenging start for a Spring Grove team with little previous varsity experience while also battling injury and illness. 

>>SG 45, Schaeffer Academy39

SG 15+30=45 

SA 18+21=39  

After a low-scoring, cold-shooting start, the Spring Grove girls doubled their first-half scoring production in the second half. Down 18-15 at intermission, Grove opened the second half with a 10-to-2 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers from Solum and Marie Petersen, for a 25-20 lead.

 After shooting 22% before the break, the home team Lions shot a hot 48% in the second stanza, including 4 of 8 treys.

But the visiting Schaeffer Lions nailed two straight triples to tie at 29-all and led again at 32-31. But back-to-back 2-point baskets by Petersen and Solum sent Spring Grove quickly back in front for good at 35-32.

The Grove girls, after scoring on eight of 11 possessions, enjoyed their greatest lead at 43-33 with two and half minutes to play. That would be enough to withstand three late turnovers and back-to-back 3-point buckets by the visitors.

SG shot a season-high 43% from 3-point land with a season-best 6 treys. Schaffer netted 7 triples but was outscored 23-18 in the lane. Grove outscored the visitors by three points from the field and by three points from the foul line (SG 5 for 8, SA 2 for 7). Free throws were few as both teams were whistled for only 8 fouls each.

In a half-court contest, both teams handled the ball with few turnovers - a season-best 9 lost possessions for SG and 10 for the visitors. 

The Schaeffer girls had only one turnover while leading for most of the first half, but they struggled with 5 turnovers in 10 possessions while Spring Grove surged into the lead early in the second half.

Solum, with three of the team's six 3-balls, led Spring Grove scoring with 19 points while also passing out 5 assists with only 1 turnover.

Petersen, Maggie Lile and Addyson McHugh each added 6 points.

Jordian Leahy (4 points) grabbed a career-high 7 rebounds, but SG was outrebounded for the seventh time in eight games, 38-30.

Schaeffer received two double doubles with Julianne Waggie's 13 points and 13 rebounds while Elizabeth Amundson scored another 13 points and rebounded 10 times.

Schaeffer won both the B-team game 40-17 and the eighth grade game 17-16. There was no separate seventh grade game, since Schaeffer has only one junior high team.


Rebounds: SG 30, SA 38

Turnovers: SG 9, SA 10 

All FG: SG 34% (17-50), SA 29% (15-51)

2-pt FG: SG 31% (11-36), SA 47% (8-17)

3-pt FG: SG 43% (6-14), SA 21% (7-34)

Free throws: SG 63% (5-8), SA 29% (2-7) 

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

*Johanningmeier9R, 1A; *A. Solum19P, 4R, 5A, 2S, 1B;Kraus2P, 1R; Ingvalson1R; *Petersen6P, 4R, 1A; *Leahy4P, 7R, 1A, 2S; *McHugh6P, 3R, 1S; *Lile6P, 1R, 2A, 1S


>>Grand Meadow 60, SG 24

SG 21+13=34

GM 33+27=60 

After the first five Solum 3-point field goals, the score was tied at 20-20 six minutes before halftime. But Riley Queensland responded with three straight baskets and two assists as the Superlarks exploded with the next 13 points and would outscore the Lions 40 to 14 the rest of the way.

Solum would match her career-high 21 points with her record seven treys in only 11 attempts (64%), and Leahy added a career-high 11 points while attempting all 10 Lion free throws (7 for 10).

That would account for all but the two Spring Grove points scored by seventh grader Emerson Ingvalson.

 Queensland, already a two-time All-SEC selection, finished with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and at least 4 steals. Honorable Mention All-SEC guard Isabelle Olson poured in 15 points while distributing 4 assists and rebounding 8 times.

The Lions shot well from 3-point range (35%, 7 for 20), but they were a woeful 16% (3 for 19) with 2-point shots. 

Grand Meadow hit 6 triples and held a 38-to-10-point scoring advantage in the lane and outscored Spring Grove 15 to 1 with fast breaks.

The Lions rebounded 16 times, while GM had 16 on the offensive glass alone. The Larks' overall 34-to-16 bulge beneath the boards led to a 17-to-8 edge in second chance points.

Spring Grove trailed 33-21 at halftime and scored the first four points of the second half while Grand Meadow stumbled out of the second-half gate with four turnovers. But once the Superlarks were able to hang onto the ball, they put the game away with a 16-to-3 run. After scoring on 8 of 10 possessions, the GM girls led by 21 (49-28) and would later enjoy their greatest 27-point lead.

It was the seventh straight win in the series for GM, but the Lions still lead all-time 36 wins to 28.

The Larks also won the B-team game 47-14. There is no Superlark eighth grade team this year, but a combination of Lion eighth, seventh and sixth graders fell in overtime to GM seventh graders, 17-16. 


Rebounds: SG 16, GM 34

Turnovers: SG 16, GM 12

All FG: SG 26% (10-39), GM 45% (25-55)

2-pt FG: SG 16% (3-19), GM 61% (19-31)ß

3-pt FG: SG 35% (7-20), GM 25% (6-24)

Fr. throws: SG 70% (7-10), GM 57% (4-7)

*Johanningmeier5R, 1B; *A. Solum21P, 4R, 2S; Kraus1A, 1B; Ingvalson2P, 1A, 1S; *Petersen2R, 1A; *Leahy11P, 2R, 1S; McHugh1A, 1S; *Lile3R, 3A, 2S

This week and next

After having faced Randolph on Dec. 21, the Lion ladies return home to play Klawok, Alaska on Monday, Dec. 30 with an afternoon tip off at 3 p.m.

On Thursday, Jan. 2, the girls head to Adams to play Southland before returning to conference action at home the next night against Lyle/Pacelli.


SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE Girls Basketball 2020 (through Dec. 19 games)


Houston…………………3-0 (5-3 season)

Lanesboro……………...4-1 (4-4 season)

Mabel-Canton…………2-2 (4-5 season)

Schaeffer Academy…1-3 (1-8 season)

Spring Grove………..0-3 (0-8 season)


Kingsland…………….…4-0 (5-3 season)

Grand Meadow……….3-1 (5-3 season)

Randolph……………….2-2 (3-5 season)

Lyle/Pacelli……………1-3 (2-4 season)

LeRoy-Ostrander.…...0-5 (0-8 season)


Spring Grove Varsity Girls 2020-----1 win, 8 losses (1-3 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

Sat. 12-21 # vs. Randolph* at Rochester2 P.M.

Mon. 12-30 Klawok, Alaska(time TBD)

Thur. 01-02 at Southland 7:30 P.M.

Fri. 01-03 Lyle/Pacelli*

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, 6 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


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