Lion girls strike early, late to swamp Schaeffer

LEFT: Mariah Edgington controls the opening tip at Schaeffer Academy. RIGHT: Alyssa Johnson scores two of her game-high 26 points during fast break at Schaeffer. Photos by S. Lee Epps
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S. Lee Epps

The Spring Grove girls never trailed but did not take firm command until hitting a flurry of 3-point field goals midway through the second half of a 63-37 road win at Rochester against Schaeffer Academy (1-5, 0-3 SEC).

Alyssa Johnson had career highs with 26 points and 7 steals. Sydnie Kampschroer passed out a career-best 8 assists (with just one turnover) while Amelia Solum netted 19 points and Mariah Edgington 10. Kailee Olerud led rebounding with 7 boards.

Spring Grove (2-1, 2-1 SEC) opened with a 13-3 run and led by as many as 16 in the first half and by a dozen (33-21) at halftime before the teams traded scoring runs after the break. A 10-point Schaefer run sliced an 18-point spread down to eight (41-33).

But SG answered with a 12-to-2 run while sinking four treys in four trips - two triples each from Solum and Johnson.

It became a 22-to-4 run as the Grove girls scored the final 10 points of the game.

Three-point buckets were difference makers for the third time in three games for Spring Grove. With 10 treys, the visiting Lions scored a little more than half (32 of 63) of their points from the perimeter against the Schaeffer zone defense. For the second time in three games, SG shot a slightly better percentage with threes (36%, 10-28) than with two-point shots (32%, 12-38).

Outscoring the home team 30-3 from trey territory made up for a 27-to-35 rebounding deficit and sending Schaeffer to the foul line for 27 free throws.

Schaeffer did not take advantage, hitting only 12 of 27 charity shots (44%). SG shot better at the stripe (69%) but did not shoot as often (9 for 13).

Schaeffer 5-foot-7 junior forward Julianne Waggie (13 points) pulled down an amazing 19 rebounds; it would have been 20 if she had not tripped over a fallen teammate. 

It was the third time in three contests that Spring Grove has been outrebounded. But the girls did have 6 more offensive rebounds and outscored Schaeffer 21-5 in second chance points.

With Waggie scoring 13 points and Elizabeth Amundson adding 12, two players combined to score 25 of Schaeffer's 35 points.

Spring Grove played with a season-best 11 turnovers; Marie Petersen (2 assists) and Edgington (3) joined Kampschroer with more assists than turnovers. 

With 29 turnovers, Schaeffer attempted only 32 shots from the field, fewer than half of Spring Grove's 66.

Schaeffer has only one senior player, who spent most of the first half sidelined in foul trouble.

After last season's loss to Schaefer, SG now leads the series 17 to 1. Grove also won the B-team game 35-16 and the eighth grade game 17-16. The eighth graders (1-1) had previously lost at Lanesboro 23-16. The seventh graders (0-1) lost to the Burros 21-19.

This week and next

The Lions (2-1, 2-1 SEC) host an early East Division showdown with Mabel-Canton on Friday, Dec. 14. The Cougars were 2-2, 2-1 SEC heading into Tuesday's game with winless Lanesboro. 

The Lions play the next afternoon (1 p.m.) versus Charles City, Iowa, at the annual Iowa-Minnesota Border Battle at Decorah (Iowa) High School.

The girls host Decorah on Tuesday, Dec. 18.


SG 63, Schaeffer 37

INDIVIDUALS: P-points, R-rebounds, A-assists, S-steals,

B-blocked shots. Listed in order of jersey number. * starter

*Alyssa Johnson 26P, 4R, 1A, 7S, 1B; 

*Mariah Edgington 10P, 3R, 3A, 3S, 4B; 

*Amelia Solum 19P, 4R, 1A, 3S 

*Kailee Olerud 7R, 1A;

*Sydnie Kampschroer 6P, 8A, 1S, 5R; 

Marie Petersen 2P, 4R, 2A;

Kyleigh Doering 1A, 3S; 

Maggie Lile 1S;

also playing: Addyson McHugh, Jordian Leahy, Erika Donlan


SCORE by HALVES: SG 33 + 30 = 63;SA 21 + 16 = 37 


all FG: SG 33% (22-66); SA 38% (12-32)

2-pt FG: SG 32% (12-38); SA 40% (11-27) 

3-pt FG: SG 36% (10-28); SA 20% (1-5)

Free throws: SG 69% (9-13); SA 44% (12-27) 

Rebounds: SG 27, SA 35 Turnovers: SG 11, SA 29

2nd Chance pts.: SG 21, SA 5 

Pts. in paint: SG 31, SA 32Perimeter pts.: SG 32, SA 5 

Fouls: SG 17, SA 14


Southeast Conference 2019Girls Basketball    


Spring Grove 2-1 SEC, (2-1 season)

Mabel-Canton 2-1(2-2) 

Kingsland 1-1 (1-1) 

Houston 0-1 (0-3) 

Lanesboro 0-2 0-3 


Grand Meadow 3-0 SEC (5-0 season) 

Lyle/Pacelli 3-0 (4-2) 

Randolph 1-1 (4-1) 

LeRoy-Ostrander 0-2 (0-3) 

Schaeffer Academy 0-3   (1-5)


Spring Grove Girls Basketball 

approximately 7:15 unless noted. * SEC games.

2-1 (2-1 SEC)

L vs. Lyle/Pacelli* 57-72

W at Lanesboro* 73-45

W at Schaeffer Academy* 63-37

12-14 Mabel-Canton*

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

12-18 Decorah

12-20 at Houston*

12-27 at Gr. Meadow 3 p.m. (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*