Shorthanded Spring Grove girls persevere

Mariah Edgington scores against Prairie du Chien. Photo by S. Lee Epps
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S. Lee Epps

With summer trips and obligations, players were not available in usual numbers last week in off-season sports. The basketball boys took the week off while the girls persevered shorthanded through summer league basketball on June 26 and volleyball on June 27. The 7-on-7 all-passing football league at UW-L took a holiday break.


Only three starters and five of the usual dozen Lions were available, so the lineup added a freshman and a pair of upcoming eighth graders. SG closed the four-week summer league with a 4-4 record.

>Lewiston-Altura 3, SG 0

>25-18, 25-21, 15-13

The eight-player, mix-and-match roster actually led early in each set. The score went to 12-all in the final set before the Cardinals added three of the final four points. Coach Kelsey Morken credited strong serving for much of Spring Grove’s success.

>Wabasha-Kellogg 3, SG 0

>25-9, 25-9, 15-7 

The Lions had less success against the Falcons who were in control throughout.


The varsity girls (0-6), with only six players, battled with effort through two summer league games.

>Prairie du Chien 49, SG 23

The Lions had to work hard against a solid man defense; there were no easy shots. Meanwhile, a tall post player with a good shooting touch put pressure on the Spring Grove defense.

The Blackhawks scored the first six points, led 28-15 at halftime and won the second half 21-8.

Mariah Edgington led Lion scoring with 10 points.

>Winona 38, SG 28

Winona is a young team that started slowly in each 20-minute half. The Winhawks did not have a field goal for the first nine minutes in either half.

SG jumped ahead 5-0 and then scored only one more point against the Winona zone defense before going into halftime trailing 20-6.

The Lions outscored Winona 22-18 in the second half but never got closer than six points. Each team attempted 12 free throws with SG hitting only four while Winona netted nine. Edgington put in 13 points.