Julianna Sand drives past Kenzi Broadwater of Fillmore Central. SGH/Jon Speltz
Julianna Sand drives past Kenzi Broadwater of Fillmore Central. SGH/Jon Speltz
Spring Grove's girls basketball team was busy last week, scoring two conference wins while enduring two losses against tough non-conference neighbors.

The Jan. 27 home makeup game versus Lyle/Pacelli has been postponed again to Feb. 10.

SG at La Crescent

A disappointing finish awaited Lion fans in La Crescent, where SG lost 53-47 on Monday, Jan. 20.

In the final two minutes, La Crescent hit 8 of 8 free throws and converted a steal into a layup basket. That gave the Lancers the final 10 points in the six-point victory.

Spring Grove played from behind during the first half but took a 28-27 lead on a Samantha Bratland 3-point basket early in the second period.

Scoring on five straight possessions, the Lancers recaptured the lead, went up 37-32, and stayed in front for the next 8 minutes.

But SG tied it at 43-all with a Lauren Arneson trey then forged ahead on an inside bucket by Nicki Ellingson with 3:18 to play.

The Lions enjoyed their greatest lead at 47-43 after Ellingson scored again with an offensive rebound. But SG would not score again with 4 missed shots from the field and twice missing front ends of bonus free throw chances. A steal by Julianna Sand was the lone late bright spot for the visitors.

The Lions dug an early hole with 15 of their 20 turnovers coming on the way to a 24-19 halftime deficit. Their second-half rally had to overcome 10 blocked shots.

SG shot a better-than-usual 60% at the foul line (9 of 15), but La Crescent was even better, hitting 13 for 16 (81%).

The Lions shot 36% from the field, but the Lancers hit 39%. SG's only statistical advantage came by shooting 4 for 11 (36%) beyond the 3-point line while the home team went a dismal 0 for 8.

La Crescent won the game with fast breaks, outscoring SG in transition 16-2. Half of those fast break points came while beating the Lions down the court after defensive rebounds. The other half came after steals.

Post players accounted for most SG scoring. Bratland put in 18 points and Ellingson 14.

Sand had 5 assists and Arneson 2, each with only 1 turnover. That pair each had 3 steals to also pace the defense.

Lancer senior guard Jen Michalke took scoring honors with 20 points, 4 assists. Going 8 for 8 at the foul line, senior forward Katie Waller totaled 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Senior forward Reilly Hannon added 9 points and 8 rebounds.

The Class AA Lancers improved to 8-6 on the season and edged ahead 13-12 in the series while snapping a 4-game losing streak to the Lions.

La Crescent coasted to a 63-6 win in the B-team game.

varsity numbers

all FG: SG 36%, L 39%

3-pt: SG 36% (4-11), L 0% (0-8)

2-pt: SG 36%, L 47%

FT: SG 60% (9-15), L 81% (13-16)

Rebounds: SG 23, L 28

Turnovers: SG 20, L 18

Fouls: SG 15, L 15


INDIVIDUALS: P-points, R-rebounds, A-assists, S-steals, B-blocked shots, H-hustle points, * starter.

*Samantha Bratland 18P, 3R, 1S, 3H; *Nicki Ellingson 14P, 5R, 1A, 1H; Jordan Anderson 6P, 4R, 1A, 1S, 1H; *Lauren Arneson 5P, 1R, 2A, 3S, 5H; *Juliana Sand 3P, 3R, 5A, 3S, 5H; Kailee Bjerke 1P, 4R, 1S, 1H; Aly Folz 2R, 2A, 4H; *Elizabeth Johnson 1R, 1A, 1S

SG at Glenville-Emmons

Spring Grove destroyed G-E 84-15 the following night, achieving season-high scoring and a season-best scoring margin.

SG also posted season highs with 24 assists and a 31-rebound advantage (46 to 15).

Tallying 43 fast-break points among 67 points in the lane, the Lions shot 48% from the field - their second best shooting success rate of the season.

SG also limited the Wolverines to 14% shooting from the field, which was their best defensive number of the season in that category.

Bratland hit 10 of 11 shots from the field while scoring 21 points. She also got 9 rebounds and 5 steals.

Ellingson put in 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Sand nailed both of her 3-point attempts and was the third Lion in double figures with 10 points.

Arneson passed out a career-high 9 assists with only 2 turnovers and shared the steals lead with 5. Eighth grade reserve Lauryn Bohr put in 9 points and rebounded 4 times.

Seven different Lions had at least 4 rebounds with freshman Kelsey Hermanson accounting for 6 while Aly Folz and Kailee Bjerke totaled 5 apiece.

Folz had 4 assists and Hermanson 3. They were among five Lions with more assists than turnovers. Sand and Jordan Anderson each had 2 assists with no turnovers

SG hit 10 of its first 12 shots while the Wolverines missed their only shot during that run. G-E suffered 10 turnovers during their first 11 possessions.

The 22-0 start led to a 53-9 halftime margin. SG then outscored G-E 31-6 during the running-clock-shortened send half.

Spring Grove has won all 25 games versus G-E. The Wolverines do not have a B-team this year.

varsity numbers

all FG: SG 48%, G-E 14%

3-pt: SG 33% (2-6), G-E 8% (1-13)

2-pt: SG 49%, G-E 18%

FT: SG 58% (14-24), G-E 57% (4-7)

Rebounds: SG 48, G-E 15

Turnovers: SG 13, G-E 36

Fouls: SG 15, G-E 14


INDIVIDUALS: *Bratland 21P, 9R, 2A, 5S, 1H; *Ellingson 16P, 7R, 1S, 3H; *Sand 10P, 3R, 2A, 4S, 8H; Lauryn Bohr 9P, 4R, 1S; *Johnson 7P, 2R, 2A, 1S, 5H; Bjerke 6P, 5R; *Arneson 6P, 4R, 9A, 5S, 5H; Anderson 5P, 1R, 2A, 2S, 4H; Folz 4P, 5R, 4A, 1S, 1H; Hermanson 6R, 3A, 3S, 4H; also playing Grace Edgington

SG vs. Fillmore Central

On Thursday, the Falcons (6-8) broke a 9-game losing streak to Spring Grove in a non-conference contest that could figure significantly into sub-section seeding. The final score was FC 65, SG 53.

The Lions spent almost the entire game catching up, and then after edging ahead, went scoreless for over five minutes.

Rebounds were the difference as FC outscored the Lions 14-0 in put-back points.

With a season-worst 39 to 23 backboard deficit, SG was out-rebounded for only the third time in 14 games.

Falcon Morgan Malley scored 30 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. But an 11-point, 12-rebound double double from Leah Scheevel and 12 points, 7 boards from Kendyl Bennett were also critical to FC success.

For SG, Ellingson had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Folz added 10 points and Bratland 9.

Anderson had a team-high 5 assists with only 2 turnovers while Sand assisted 3 times with only 1 lost possession.

Shooting above their season shooting average (35%), the Lions went 39% against FC. But the Falcons were even better at 44%.

Malley, a 5-foot-8 junior guard, opened the scoring with a 3-point bucket then added two more treys while scoring all 7 FC points during a 7-2 opening run.

SG was down by 10 (28-18) before closing the first half with a 12-4 run to get back within two points (32-30) at halftime. The Lions tied the score at 34 and again at 38 before Folz scored 5 straight points to put SG ahead for the first time (43-41) with just under 12 minutes to play.

A three-point offensive rebound play by Bennett then gave FC a one-point lead. An Ellingson free throw tied it for the final time at 44-44.

But the final half of the second period belonged to the Falcons, who scored 12 unanswered points while the Lions went scoreless during their next 8 possessions.

When a Bjerke basket broke the scoring drought, Malley quickly replied with a 3-point bucket. She closed with 5 of the Falcons' 6 treys and sank 7 of her team's 11 free throws.

The Falcons swept all four games taking the B-team contest 49-29 along with the eighth grade game 35-12 and the seventh grade game 37-12. Earlier in the week, the eighth grade Lion team had fallen to Caledonia 39-27 with the Warriors also winning the seventh grade game 46-7.

varsity numbers

all FG: SG 39%, FC 44%

3-pt: SG 31% (5-16), FC 29% (6-21)

2-pt: SG 43%, FC 55%

FT: SG 50% (8-16), FC 45% (11-23)

Rebounds: SG 23, FC 39

Turnovers: SG 18, FC 19

Fouls: SG 18, FC 16


INDIVIDUALS: *Ellingson 12P, 8R, 2A, 3S, 3H; Folz 10P, 1R, 1A, 1S 1H; *Bratland 9P, 5R, 2A, 2S, 2H; *Johnson 7P, 2R; *Anderson 6P, 2R, 5A, 1S, 1H; *Sand 6P, 2R, 3A, 2S, 8H; Bjerke 3P, 2R, 2H; *Arneson 1R, 2A, 1S, 5H

SG at Leroy-Ostrander

With a 68-46 final margin favoring SG, this game ended with a similar score to the Lions' December 20-point home win against the Cardinals. But the path was far rockier in the rematch.

Friday's first half was both ragged and exciting with a roller coaster of scoring runs and droughts.

Before halftime, the teams combined for a ragged 30 turnovers (SG 12, L-O 18) and 26 fouls (SG 12, L-O 14) and 38 free throws - with each struggling equally (9 for 19) at the foul line.

Exciting, too. SG took a 9-1 lead, but the Cardinals answered with a 14-2 run and led 15-11 before the Lions ran off the next 10 points (21-15).

Then back came the Cards with a 9-2 spurt to go up 24-23. But the final 10 points of the first half all went to SG, and the Lions led 34-24 at halftime.

SG then maintained its margin with improved ball handling (only 5 second-half turnovers) and defending without as many fouls. Well into the second half, the Lions were still up by 11 (45-34) before scoring 13 unanswered points to take control for good at 58-34.

Ellingson led Lion scorers with 21 points. Sand added 11 points and Bratland 9. Folz had 8 while Hermanson had two career highs with 6 points and a team-best 8 rebounds.

Ten Lions were credited with rebounds including a half dozen with 5 or more. Arneson had 7 boards, Bratland and Ellingson 6 each while Sand and Bjerke pulled down 5 apiece.

Arneson was everywhere compiling 10 Lion hustle points. SG received 3 assists each from Sand (with no turnovers) and Anderson.

Three Cards had double doubles. Sophomore Sam Siskow had 17 points and 15 rebounds. Abi Winkels and Rebecca Bunne each had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Rebounding was identical with 19 offensive and 25 defensive caroms for each team.

Free throw performance was almost the same, as SG hit a disappointing 12 for 28 (43%) and L-O at 11 for 27 (41%).

With 14 fewer turnovers (SG 17, L-O 31), the Lions attempted 14 more official shots from the field. With L-O attempting more perimeter shots, the Lions out-shot the Cards overall 39% to 29%.

Scoring its 15th straight win in the series, SG improved to 11-4 (10-0 SEC) while L-O dipped to 6-6 (4-5 SEC). Due to weather postponements, this game was part of a girls-boys double header with the B-team and junior high games canceled.

varsity numbers

all FG: SG 39%, L-O 29%

3-pt: SG 29% (2-7), L-O 17% (3-18)

2-pt: SG 40%, L-O 34%

FT: SG 43% (12-28), L-O 41% (11-27)

Rebounds: SG 44, L-O 44

Turnovers: SG 17, L-O 31

Fouls: SG 23, L-O 20


INDIVIDUALS: *Ellingson 21P, 6R, 3S, 4H; *Sand 11P, 5R, 3A, 3S, 6H; *Bratland 9P, 6R, 4S, 2H; Folz 8P, 1R, 1S, 1H; Hermanson 6P, 8R, 2A, 5H; *Arneson 4P, 7R, 2S, 10H; Johnson 4P, 2R, 1A, 1S, 2H; Bjerke 2P, 5R, 1H; Bohr 2P, 2R; *Anderson 1P, 2R, 3A, 3S, 1H; also playing Edgington

Up Next:

Weather permitting, the Lions hosted Lanesboro on Tuesday, Jan 28. Two days later, Grand Meadow comes to town. On Saturday, SG travels to Rochester Lourdes with the B-team game at 5:45 p.m. and varsity action at approximately 7:15.

SEC Girls Basketball through Jan. 25 games


Spring Grove 10-0 SEC (11-4 all)

Mabel-Canton 8-2 SEC (9-6 all)

Houston 5-5 SEC (6-7 all)

Hope Lutheran 5-7 SEC (8-10 all)

Lanesboro 1-7 SEC (3-13 all)


Lyle/Pacelli 10-0 SEC (12-0 all)

Grand Meadow 6-4 SEC (7-8 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander 5-5 SEC (7-6 all)

Schaeffer Academy 1-10 (4-12 all)

Glenville-Emmons 0-11 SEC (0-12 all)

Spring Grove Girls Basketball

Varsity scores

11-4 (10 - 0 SEC)

W vs. Hope Lutheran 60-25

W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander 65-45

W at Grand Meadow 47-43

L vs. Waukon 37-45

W at Lanesboro 64-25

W vs. Schaeffer Academy 59-14

L at Caledonia 52-71

W vs. Holmen 51-48

W at Houston 64-19

W vs. Mabel-Canton 47-32

W at Hope Lutheran 57-50

L at La Crescent 47-53

W at Glenville-Emmons 84-15

L vs. Fillmore Central 53-65

01-24 at LeRoy-Ostrander 68-46

01-27 Lyle/Pacelli. ppd to 2-10

01-28 Lanesboro

01-30 Grand Meadow

02-01 at Rochester Lourdes

02-03 Houston

02-06 at Kingsland

02-07 at Schaeffer Academy

02-11 at Mabel-Canton

02-13 Glenville-Emmons

02-15 at Kingsland 1:30 p.m.

02-17 Rushford-Peterson

02-21 at Lyle/Pacelli (Lyle)

B-team scores

5-6 (5-1 SEC)

W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander 35-22

W at Grand Meadow 50-15

L vs. Waukon 24-45

L at Lanesboro 34-37

W vs. Schaeffer Academy 42-27

L vs. Caledonia 33-49

L vs. Holmen 25-46

W at Houston 47-28

W vs. Mabel-Canton 38-24

L at La Crescent 6-63

L vs. Fillmore Central 49-28