Spring Grove girls fall at Class AA Cannon Falls, 66-58

LEFT: Sydnie Kampschroer scores after taking assist pass from Amelia Solum (top right). CENTER: Kailee Olerud (at left) and Amelia Solum execute a backcourt trap against Cannon Falls’ Makayla Bowen. RIGHT: Mariah Edgington scores two of her 20 points against Cannon Falls. She also came down with a career-high 15 rebounds against the Class AA Bombers. Photos by S. Lee Epps
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S. Lee Epps

After a second-half roller coaster ride, the Spring Grove girls (5-4, 3-2 SEC) finished eight points short, 66-58 at Class AA Cannon Falls on Saturday, Jan. 5. Trailing by three points at halftime (26-23), the Lions went down by 20 before battling back within three points with a minute remaining. The Bombers (6-6) outscored SG 7-2 in the final 51 seconds to hold on.

Not long after taking a 27-26 lead, Spring Grove committed nine turnovers in 11 possessions while dropping into a 53-33 hole with 7:28 to play. But then the Lions scored on 9 of 10 possessions while hitting three 3-point field goals and dropping in 9 of 10 free throws to trail only 59-53 with just under two minutes to play.

After the teams traded turnovers, Amelia Solum hit her third trey (3 for 5), and it was 59-56 with 1:04 on the clock. But Cannon Falls quickly answered with a 3-pointer and two free throws to squelch the Spring Grove rally.

Until that late flurry of 3-point baskets, the Lions had scored only once beyond the arc with Sydnie Kampschroer netting a buzzer beater to get SG within 3 points at halftime (26-23).

Both teams shot well from 3-point land with the Lions going 5 for 15 (33%) and the Bombers even better at 7 for 13 (54%). Cannon Falls shot a better percentage from 3-point range than they did inside the arc (32%) or at the foul line (46%, 13 for 28).

Both teams defended full-court, but the Bombers' pressure was more productive with 13 of the 28 Lion turnovers occurring in the backcourt.  

And 19 Cannon Falls offensive rebounds were crucial to the outcome as well. The home team had 7 more rebounds (44 to 37) and 7 fewer turnovers that led to 10 more shots from the field, where CF shot 37% and SG 36%.

Understandably, the larger school (enrollment three times greater than Spring Grove) had more depth and received 24 points from the bench, including 18 from freshman Jaci Wenchell. The Bombers are a young team with an all-sophomore starting lineup. 

Mariah Edgington led the Lions with 20 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and 6 steals. Solum added 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 thefts.

Belle Freeberg led Falls with 20 points along with those 18 from Winchell and 11 from Makayla Bowen.

The Lions scored first, fell behind and then regained lead at 12-11. The Bombers moved ahead for good with an 8-point spurt and were up by 10 before Spring Grove scored the last seven points heading into halftime. But the big momentum swings came in the second half.

There was no B-team game.

This week and next

The girls were playing at Rushford-Peterson (4-8) as the Herald was going to press on Monday of this week and hosted Kingsland on Tuesday. 

The Lion ladies are back home on Friday, Jan. 11, with the rematch against last-place Lanesboro. The girls travel to Randolph on Thursday, Jan. 17.


Cannon Falls 66, SG 58

>>SG 23+35=58

>>CF 26+40=66

all FG: SG 36% (19-53), CF 37% (23-63)

2-pt FG: SG 37% (14-38), CF 32% (16-50)

3-pt FG: SG 33% (5-15), CF 54% (7-13)

Free throws: SG 56% (15-27), CF 46% (13-28)

Rebounds: SG 37, CF 44

Turnovers: SG 28, CF 21

Fast break pts: SG 14, CF 17

Pts. in paint: SG 38, CF 29

Fouls: SG 21, CF 20

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

*Alyssa Johnson 2P, 5R, 2A, 1S, 3B; 

*Mariah Edgington 20P, 15R, 2A, 6S, 1B; 

*Amelia Solum 17P, 5R, 4A, 2S, 1B; 

*Kailee Olerud 6P, 4R, 3A, 4S, 1B; 

*Sydnie Kampschroer 9P, 3R, 1A; 

Marie Petersen 1A, 1S; Jordian Leahy 4P, 1R, 1A; 

Kyleigh Doering 4R; 

Playing briefly - Maggie Lile 


Southeast Conference 2019 Girls Basketball (updated since print edition through Jan. 7 games, including Spring Grove win at Rushford-Peterson, 61-47)     


Houston 4-1 SEC (5-4 season) 

Spring Grove 3-2, (6-3)

Mabel-Canton 3-2 (4-7) 

Kingsland 2-2 (5-4) 

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 (3-9)


Spring Grove Girls Basketball 

approximately 7:15 unless noted. * SEC games.

6-4 (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.)

L at Cannon Falls 58-66

W at Rushford-Peterson 61-47

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 4-4

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

L at Rushford-Peterson 29-46


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