Spring Grove girls crush Cards
Sub-section seeding this week
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 4:01 AM
When the Spring Grove girls' basketball squad traveled to LeRoy-Ostrander last week, they had a tradition of sorts to uphold. The Lions had won 10 straight match-ups against the Cardinals. On Friday, Feb. 10 they made that 11 in a row with a 65-32 decision.
Richell Mehus lifts one of her five steals from Jessica Jennings of LeRoy-Ostrander under close observation of Lion teammate Taylor Elton. Mehus recorded her seventh double of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Both she and Elton had five assists in the match-up between the two division leaders of the Southeast Conference.
In a rematch between the two division leaders of the Southeast Conference, L-O again was no match for the state-ranked (no. 5) Lions.
The SEC West Cardinals' only two league losses have come against Spring Grove. Heading into the final week of the regular season, the SEC East champion (21-3) remained unbeaten in the conference at 16-0 with two games to go.
Unlike their previous meeting, the Cardinals were able to compete for the first few minutes, but the final count was nearly identical to the 67-32 Lion win on Jan. 13.
It was Senior Night at LeRoy-Ostrander, and the fired-up Cardinals were within one point at a 7-6 when the Lions launched a 20-point run. Spring Grove led by 31 points at halftime (43-12) and would win by 33.
With improved ball handling, LeRoy-Ostrander made eight fewer turnovers than in January, but the Lions made up for it with a rebound margin eight points better than they achieved last month, grabbing 36 compared to 26 for the Cardinals.
LeRoy-Ostrander was rarely able to penetrate the Spring Grove man-to-man defense. The Cards scored 21 of their 32 points with perimeter shots. The Lions greatest scoring advantages came with fast breaks and free throws.
Spring Grove outscored L-O 22-8 in transition and 20-3 at the free-throw line. The Lions exerted great defensive pressure, skillfully applied. They allowed L-O only two trips to the foul line where the Cards hit 3 of 4 free throws.
The Lions, by contrast, were frequent visitors at the line, hitting 20 of 31 (65 percent).
For Spring Grove, Richell Mehus had a 20-point, 15-rebound double-double along with 5 assists and 5 steals. Taylor Elton added 12 points and also recorded 5 assists and 5 thefts. Nicole Ellingson contributed 7 points and 5 rebounds. Michaela Neuzil (4 points, 4 rebounds) sparked the defense with 3 steals and 3 blocked shots.
All 13 Lions saw action with additional scoring from Addison Cross (9 points), Randi Mehus (6), Nikki Hansen (3) and Samantha Bratland (2).
Freshman Elizabeth Johnson, in her varsity debut, scored the game's final two points at the foul line.
Senior forward Chanda Riedemann led L-O with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Up Next: The team participated in a Valentine's boys/girls doubleheader on Feb. 14 versus Hope Lutheran. Originally scheduled for Winona, the games have been moved to Spring Grove due to the unavailability of the away site.
Friday, Feb. 17 marks the last regular season game, when Schaeffer Academy visits Spring Grove.
Seeding for sub-section play will be announced on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Spring Grove (with a no. 1 seed likely) will host one of four Feb. 24 quarterfinal games. The lowest four seeds will have to win play-in games on Feb. 21.
Southeast Conference 2012
GIRLS Basketball conf. season
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Spring Grove* 16 - 0 21 - 3
Lanesboro 11 - 5 12 -12
Hope Lutheran 6 -10 8 -11
Houston 6 -10 9 -14
Mabel-Canton 4 -12 5 -17
* clinched division championship
LeRoy-Ostrander # 14 - 2 18 - 6
Lyle/Pacelli 12 - 4 15 - 7
Grand Meadow 7 - 9 10 -13
Schaeffer Academy 4 -12 6 -14
Glenville-Emmons 0 -16 1 -20
# clinched at least share of division title