Grove girls begin with blowout split

ABOVE: Mariah Edgington drives the baseline during 22-point, 9-rebound performance at Lanesboro. BELOW: Marie Petersen works against backcourt pressure in season opener versus Lyle/Pacelli. Photos by S. Lee Epps
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S. Lee Epps

It was opposite sides of the same coin as the Spring Grove girls opened the 2018-2019 basketball season first with a Tuesday runaway 72-56 home loss to Lytle/Pacelli and then a 73-45 Friday road rout victory at Lanesboro. Friday's win was the first for new head coach Kody Moore.

The second halves of both conference matchups were closely contested, half-court encounters, but both games had been decided before halftime when they were full-court mismatches. In both games, both teams began defending full court.

On Nov. 27, the Lions committed 34 turnovers in the face of a Lyle/Pacelli full-court defense and then used their own full-court pressure while the Burros lost possession 35 times.

Spring Grove shot poorly from the free throw line (38%) in the loss and then shot very well (72%) in the win. 

Most encouraging for the Lions was their accuracy from the three-point line in both contests. However, SG was outrebounded by a wide margin both games.

On both nights, the home team was playing its first game while facing a talented, athletic visitor that had already played a game or two.

It was the Athletics' 92nd consecutive conference victory and ninth straight against Spring Grove. But the Lions still lead the series 24 to 10. It was Spring Grove's 21st straight win against the Burros.

The Lions played with a primary seven-player rotation with five seniors and two juniors.

The B-team results were reversed with SG defeating L/P 44-14 and falling at Lanesboro 21-31.


The Lions shot a strong 43% from 3-point land, including an amazing 6-for-8 trey blitz by Honorable Mention All-SEC junior Amelia Solum who finished with a career-high 21 points. But that was about all that went well for the home team.

The defending state Class A champions came in off two losses against larger Class AA clubs. The Athletics lost some marquee players to graduation but also return two all-conference athletes. L/P 5-foot-10 junior forward Olivia Christianson had a dominating bravura performance - one rebound short of a triple double with 35 points, 17 steals and 9 rebounds. 

All-SEC 5-5 senior guard Abigail Bollingberg added 16 points and 8 rebounds while 5-5 senior Kayla Christopherson put in 13 points plus another 8 boards.

 Nelson led all rebounders with 10 while the Athletics nearly doubled the Lions on the backboards 40 rebounds to 21. Rebounding was a major factor as it was ball handling bad news for both teams; SG had 34 turnovers and L/P 28. But unlike the Lions, the Athletics converted steals into points (24), while outscoring SG in fast breaks, 34 to 10. 

The Lions led 3-2 and 5-4 before a torrent of Spring Grove turnovers propelled L/P into a 13-0 run. The Athletics led by only five points late in the first half before an 11-point run that made it 43-27 at halftime.

After 21 first-half turnovers, the Lions opened the second half with seven turnovers in their next 10 possessions, and L/P led 53-30.

Spring Grove fought back with 13-0 spurt to get back within 11 points but would eventually fall by the same 16-point deficit they faced at halftime.

>>SG 56, Lyle/Pacelli 72

>>SG 27 + 29 = 56

>>L/P 43 + 29 = 72


all FG: SG 42% (21-50), L/P 43% (29-68)

3-pt FG: SG 43% (9-21), L/P 25% (4-16)

Free throws: SG 38% (5-3), L/P 59% (10-17)

Rebounds: SG 21, L/P 40

Turnovers: SG 34, L/P 28 

Fast break pts: SG 10, L/P 34

Pts. in paint: SG 22, L/P 60

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

*Alyssa Johnson 10P, 1R, 3A, 1S; *Mariah Edgington 5P, 4R, 5A, 4S, 3B; *Amelia Solum 21P, 4R, 2A, 2S; *Kailee Olerud 8P, 5R, 2S, 1B; *Sydnie Kampschroer 9P, 4R, 3A, 2S; Marie Petersen 3P, 1R, 3A, 4S; Kyleigh Doering 2R, 1A



Mariah Edgington hit 4 of 5 from 3-point land while scoring a game-high 22 points along with 9 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 blocked shots plus an admirable 6-to-2 assist-to-turnover ratio.

 There were four Lions scoring in double figures with Alyssa Johnson adding 16 points, Solum 13 and Sydney Kampschroer 11.

Solum also contributed a career-high 7 steals while Kampschroer had 6 thefts.

SG hit 21 of 29 free throws (72%), making more than the Burros attempted (10 for 18, 56%). The Lions were again effective beyond the 3-point arc (6 for16, 38%).

Despite committing 16 more turnovers (35 to 19), Lanesboro atoned with a 14-rebound advantage (41 to 27). So both teams had about the same number of attempts from the field, but SG shot 39% to the Burros' 30% and held a 17-point advantage from 3 -point land and an 11-point edge from the foul line. 

The Lions broke away from a 9-8 lead with a 20-point run with half of those points coming from the free throw line. A later 16-to-1 run put the Lions in firm command at halftime, 45-14.

The Burros won the second half 31-28 but never got closer than 26 points. Lanesboro finished with 45 points; the Lions had 45 at halftime.

Emily Snyder and Payton Benson each led LHS scoring with 11 points while Lexie Johnson had a game-high 10 rebounds.

This week and next

Spring Grove travels to Rochester on Thursday, Dec. 6 to take on the other Lions. At press time, Schaeffer Academy was 0-2 after lopsided losses to Mabel-Canton and Grand Meadow. The girls are back home on Dec. 14 versus Mabel-Canton. 

>>SG 73, Lanesboro 45

>>SG   45 + 28 = 73

>>LHS 14 + 31 = 45


all FG:     SG 39% (23-59, LHS 30% (17-56)

3-pt FG: SG 38% (6-16), LHS 17% (1-6)

Free throws: SG 72% (21-29), LHS 56% (10-18)

Rebounds: SG 27, LHS 41

Turnovers: SG 19, LHS 35

Fast break pts: SG 15, LHS 13

INDIVIDUALS: *Johnson 16P, 2R, 3A, 1S; *Edgington 22P, 9R, 6A, 4S, 3B; *Solum 13P, 3R, 2A. 7S; *Olerud 5P, 2R, 1A, 4S;; *Kampschroer 1P, 5R, 3A, 6S, 1B; *Petersen 3R, 1A, 4S; Jordian Leahy 1R; Doering 2P, 1R, 2A; Addyson McHugh 4P, 1R; Also playing: Erika Donlan, Maggie Lile


Spring Grove Girls Basketball 

approximately 7:15 unless noted. * SEC games.

1-1 (1-1 SEC)

L vs. Lyle/Pacelli* 57-72

W at Lanesboro* 73-45

12-06at Schaeffer Academy*

12-14    Mabel-Canton*

12/15   vs. Charles City 1 p.m.  (Border Battle at Luther Colleg

12-18    Decorah

12-20at Houston*

12-27at Gr. Meadow 3 p.m. (non-conf.)

01-05at Cannon Falls 6 p.m.

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

01-08     Kingsland*

01-11    Lanesboro*
01-17at Randolph*

01-21     La Crescent-Hokah

01-25    Grand Meadow*


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

01-28at Waukon

01-31at Mabel-Canton*

02-05    Caledonia

02-08    Houston*

02-11at Fillmore Central 7:30 pm

02-14at Kingsland*