Grove girls answer first Rocket run, not the second

LEFT: Jacine Johanningmeier looks toward the basket while guarded by Randolph's Megan Erickson. RIGHT: Jordian Leahy will go to the free throw line after drawing this foul versus Randolph.
S. Lee Epps

There were three scoring runs in the Dec. 21 SEC Showcase game at Rochester. But unfortunately for the Spring Grove girls, two of them belonged to the Randolph, which defeated the Lions for the sixth straight time, 49-44. The Grove girls replied to the first Rocket scoring spurt, but were unable to match the second.

While the Rockets improved to 4-5 (3-2 SEC), Spring Grove left at 1-9 (1-4 SEC). It was fourth time the Lions lost a close contest this season.

Jordian Leahy led Lion scoring with a career-high 15 points, and Amelia Solum put in another 13 while Jacine Johanningmeier and Emerson Ingvalson each added 7 points and 6 rebounds.

With the girls shooting 26% for the season and the opponents 36%, it was nothing unusual that Spring Grove shot 27% and the Rockets at 37% on a neutral court at Rochester. 

Randolph thus outscored the Lions by 15 points from the field to overcome the Lions' 10-point advantage at the foul line.

The Grove girls delivered at the charity stripe, hitting 14 of 20 free throws. It was their second straight game with 70% free throw success. The Rockets sank only 4 of 12 free throws.

Neither team was effective from 3-point land - SG 2 of 14 and Randolph 3 of 17. But the Rockets did a better job of finishing near the basket with 11 assists to only 4 for the Lions. Both teams had 19 turnovers.

Randolph trailed 10-9 before separating with a 10-to-1 run for the greatest lead of eight points (19-11) on the way to a 27-23 margin at halftime.

The Lions ran off nine straight points to take their only lead at 32-31. The Rockets replied with a 10-2 run and never trailed again.

But Spring Grove stayed close and was within two points (44-42) with a pair of Leahy free throws with 1:43 to play. The Rockets twice beat the Lion full-court pressure defense to stretch their lead to six (48-42).

Grove was forced to foul, and Randolph hit only 1 of 5 late free throws, three times missing the front ends of 1-and-1 opportunities. But twice the Rockets rebounded their misses.

The Lions took two shots in the final minute with Leahy scoring on a drive with seven seconds to play. Randolph closed the scoring with a free throw.

As part of a 12-game varsity schedule at the Mayo Civic Center, there were no B-team or junior high games.

This week and next

The Lion ladies are back in action while hosting Klawok, Alaska on Monday, Dec. 30. They head to Adams for a non-conference clash with Southland on Thursday, Jan. 2 and then are back home the next night for an SEC contest with Lyle/Pacelli.

They host Fillmore Central on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

>>Randolph 49, SG 44

>>SG  23+21=44

>>Ran 27+22=49  

Rebounds: SG 28, Ran 37

Turnovers: SG 19, Ran 19

All FG: SG 27%, Ran 37%

2-pt FG: SG 32%, Ran 45%

3-pt FG: SG 14% (2-14), Ran 18% (3-17)

Free throws: SG 70% (14-20), Ran 33% (4-12)

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

*Johanningmeier7P, 6R, 1A, 3S; *Amelia Solum13P, 4R, 1A, 2S; Kraus2R, 1A, 2S, 1B; Ingvalson7P, 6R, 1S; *Petersen3R, 1A, 1S; *Leahy15P, 4R, 1S; *McHugh2P, 3R, 3S, 1B; Lileout ill


The conference

The Houston girls have early control of the SEC East. The Hurricanes (6-3, 4-0 SEC) have defeated three of their four division rivals - Lanesboro, Spring Grove and Mabel-Canton - all by substantial double-digit margins. Houston has not yet played Schaeffer Academy (1-8, 1-3 SEC). 

In the SEC West, Kingsland (6-3, 5-0 SEC) is in firm command with a two-game lead in the loss column over both Grand Meadow and Randolph. However, the Knights' home win against the Rockets came by only one point (68-67).  Kingsland has defeated all four West rivals the first time around.


SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE Girls Basketball 2020 (through Dec. 26 games)


Houston…………………4-0 (6-3 season)

Lanesboro……………...5-1 (5-5 season)

Mabel-Canton…………2-3 (4-7 season)

Schaeffer Academy…1-3 (2-8 season)

Spring Grove………..1-4 (1-9 season)


Kingsland…………….…5-0 (6-3 season)

Grand Meadow……….3-2 (5-4 season)

Randolph……………….3-2 (4-5 season)

Lyle/Pacelli……………1-4 (2-6 season)

LeRoy-Ostrander.…...0-6 (0-9 season)


Spring Grove Varsity Girls 2020-----1 win, 9 losses (1-4 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

Mon. 12-30 Klawok, Alaska

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