Girls swamped by state-ranked Superlarks

LEFT: Freshman Jordian Leahy shoots over Superlark defender. CENTER: Amelia Solum scores two of her team-high 16 points during the loss to the Superlarks. RIGHT: Mariah Edgington goes up for the opening tip against Riley Queensland at Grand Meadow. Photos by S. Lee Epps
By : 
Lee Epps

The Grand Meadow girls looked deserving of their No. 4 state ranking while rolling to a 93-49 home rout of Spring Grove on Dec. 27. 

The Superlarks (11-0, 5-0 SEC), with skill and athleticism, used superior speed to outscore SG 32 to 13 with fast breaks - three times scoring in transition after a Spring Grove basket. 

Those transition layups led to the Larks hitting over half of their shots (54%). But when not able to run, the Larks buried 10 three-point field goals, hitting a spectacular 48% of their shots beyond the arc (10 for 21).

It was also no contest beneath the backboards with GM outrebounding the Lions 47 to 21.

All-conference junior Riley Queensland scored 32 points, and three-time All-SEC senior Jordyn Glynn had a triple double with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. All-conference (2017) senior Skylar Cotton tossed in 19 points.

For SG, Amelia Solum scored 16 points while eighth grader Maggie Lile came off the bench to hit all three of her shots from the field (including a pair of 3-pointers) to add 10 points.

Alyssa Johnson had 9 points and a team-high 7 rebounds. Kailee Olerud passed out a team-best 3 assists with no turnovers.

The Larks led 56-15 before dropping back out of their full-court defense on the way to a 62-27 halftime advantage. 

Spring Grove (5-3, 3-2 SEC) trailed by as many as 51 points in the second half and was down 86-40 when the running clock kicked in for the final nine minutes.

The Lions committed 17 of their 22 turnovers in the first half, losing possession 10 times while combatting pressure in the backcourt.

Many of Grand Meadow's 20 turnovers came late with reserves on the court. The Superlarks led 32-8 before their first lost possession. 

Spring Grove was again without the services of senior Kyleigh Doering, who remains on the injured list after missing the last three games.

This was a non-conference game with their SEC contest coming at Spring Grove on Jan. 25.

It was the Larks' fifth straight win in a series the Lions still lead 36 to 26. Look for complete statistics in the online article.

Grand Meadow was also in complete control of the B-team game, 69-24.

This week and next

The girls hit the road north to Class AA Cannon Fall on Saturday, Jan. 5 with a 6 p.m. tip - the second half of a boys-girls double header.

The ladies are still away two days later at Rushford-Peterson on Monday, Jan. 7 before returning home the next night (three games in four days) for a conference game with SEC newcomer Kingsland. 

The Lions host the rematch versus Lanesboro on Friday, Jan. 11.


Southeast Conference 2019 Girls Basketball (updated since print edition through Dec. 29 games)          


Houston 4-1 SEC (5-4 season) 

Spring Grove 3-2, (5-3)

Mabel-Canton 3-2 (4-7) 

Kingsland 2-2 (5-3) 

Lanesboro 0-5 (0-8) 


Grand Meadow 5-0 SEC (11-0 season) 

Lyle/Pacelli 5-0 (10-3) 

Randolph 1-3 (7-5) 

LeRoy-Ostrander 1-4 (3-5) 

Schaeffer Academy 0-5 (2-9)


Spring Grove Girls Basketball 

approximately 7:15 unless noted. * SEC games.

5-3 (3-2 SEC)

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.)

01-05 at Cannon Falls 6 p.m.

01-07 at Rushford-Peterson 7 :30 p.m.

01-08 Kingsland*

01-11 Lanesboro*
01-17 at Randolph*

01-21 La Crescent-Hokah

01-25 Grand Meadow*

01-26 vs. LeRoy-Ostrander* 11 a.m. (at Target Center, Minneapolis)

01-28 at Waukon

01-31 at Mabel-Canton*

02-05 Caledonia

02-08 Houston*

02-11 at Fillmore Central 7:30 pm

02-14 at Kingsland*


B-team Girls 4-3

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


8th Grade Girls 1-2

 L at Lanesboro                       16-23

W at Schaeffer Aca.      17-16

 L at Mabel-Canton       8 -13


7th Grade Girls 0-2

L at Lanesboro                        11-23

L at Mabel-Canton       14-17