Josh Olerud provides the roadblock while Chase Grinde knocks the ball away from Lansing Kee’s Jack Janett.
Josh Olerud provides the roadblock while Chase Grinde knocks the ball away from Lansing Kee’s Jack Janett.
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The Spring Grove boys basketball team began the new month with highly successful outings on Friday and Saturday, remaining on track for next week's Southeast Conference title rematch.

SG at LeRoy-Ostrander

Blaine Storlie hit a program-record 9 three-point shots on the way to a career-best 37 points in Spring Grove's 79-46 road rout of LeRoy-Ostrander on Feb. 1.

Storlie's second trey also happened to be his 200th career triple, making him the only Lion boy to surpass that milestone.

The senior guard did a lot more than shoot. He also had a career-high 9 rebounds and took two charges. With 2 assists, he was one of six Lions with more assists than turnovers, joining Josh Olerud (4 assists), Chase Grinde (4), Dustin Vickerman (3), Brady Schuttemeier (3) and Brandon Schuttemeier (2).

As a team, Spring Grove had twice as many assists (20) as turnovers (10).

Storlie had plenty of help on the backboards as the Schuttemeiers grabbed 7 rebounds each. Vickerman matched his career-best with 4 boards.

Brandon Schuttemeier also led the team with a career-high 6 steals and sparked the defense with 2 blocked shots.

Alex Engelhardt scored 13 points and had 4 thefts. Vickerman added 8 points with Brady Schuttemeier putting in 7 despite sitting out in foul trouble.

Two early fouls limited playing time for Olerud who scored 4 points as did Brandon Schuttemeier. Grinde had the other two Lion treys accounting for his 6 points.

Full-court pressure defense forced 15 of the Cardinals' 31 turnovers. For the second time this season against L-O, the Lions had 19 steals, this time converting thefts into 15 fast-break points.

With 24 fewer turnovers, the Lions attempted a whopping 37 more shots from the field where they bested the Cardinals by a slender 40% to 38%.

Against the L-O zone defense, Spring Grove frequently took advantage of outside shooting opportunities, burying 11 of 30 three-point shots (37%).

Consequently, the Lions did not draw as many shooting fouls as usual. For only the second time this season, Spring Grove attempted fewer free throws (10 for 15) than their opponents (14 for 23).

The Lions held a 35 to 31 advantage in rebounds. Junior Zach Royston led L-O with a game-high 11 rebounds in that department along with 16 points. Senior Mitch Scaglione was also in double figures with 15 points.

Spring Grove scored the first eight points of the game and L-O the next seven. The Lions then scored 24 unanswered points on the way to a 45-27 halftime lead.

Coming off a 50-36 win over McGregor at the Target Center, L-O suffered their second setback of the season to SG. The Cards dropped to 3-16 on the season, 2-11 in the SEC.

The Lions remained undefeated in conference play at 13-0, extending their SEC winning streak to 37 games.

The B-team boys also completed a season sweep of L-O, winning 43-28 with 16 points from eighth-grader Damon Cody.

SG versus Lansing Kee

The Lions put on a long-range shooting clinic versus visiting Lansing Kee on Saturday, February 2, winning 80-44. Four of Spring Grove's first five field goals were treys, and the team went on to match a season-high 13 triples for the game.

Storlie was again the primary rim-rattler, hitting 6 of 10 three pointers while scoring a game-high 29 points. That gave him 15 three-pointers and 66 points within 24 hours. The senior point guard also spiced the attack with 7 assists against the Kee Hawks.

After racing to a 14-2 lead, Spring Grove cruised to a 48-16 halftime margin and led by 43 points late in the second half. The 80 points and the final 36-point spread were the most in the series, which SG now leads 10 to 3 after winning the last three.

Six different Lions scored from beyond the arc starting with Brady Schuttemeier breaking a 2-2 tie (the only tie score of the game). The eagle-eye freshman did not attempt another trey but did not miss a shot from the field, going 8 for 8 en route to a career-high 18 points.

Engelhardt, another freshman, nailed 3 of 5 three balls on the way to 15 points. Sophomores Vickerman and Elliott Cross each tossed in a trey for their only points. Eighth-grade Grinde contributed another triple on the way to a five-point game.

Brandon Schuttemeier entertained the weekend crowd with his usual all-out effort, diving in and out of bounds for loose basketballs while scoring 5 points, rebounding 4 times and taking a charge.

Olerud added 2 points in addition to 6 assists and a team-high 7 rebounds while sharing steals honors (3 each) with Engelhardt.

Despite 5 rebounds from Brady Schuttemeier and 4 from Engelhardt, the Lions were out-rebounded for only the fourth time in 19 games, 32 to 29.

The Kee Hawks were led in scoring and rebounding by wide bodies inside. Jack Janett, a 6-foot, 3-inch senior center, had team highs with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Junior Nick Gavin added 11 points and 6 rebounds.

But the Hawks were not equipped to handle Spring Grove's defensive pressure, matching a season-worst for Lion opponents with 32 turnovers. Spring Grove handled the ball well with 22 assists and only 14 turnovers.

Both teams were able to score equally well in the lane. Kee worked the ball in with post passes while Spring Grove went inside with dribble drives.

Unfortunately for the visitors, Kee could not match the Lions outside in either ball handling or shooting. Spring Grove outscored the Iowans 43-6 from the perimeter. The Lions hit an excellent 45% from downtown and a good 47% from two-point territory.

Spring Grove left the non-conference contest with a 15-4 record (13-0 SEC) while Kee slipped to 6-10.

The Lion B-team (12-4) came up just short 51-49. Cody led SG scoring with 17 points while Cross added 9 points and a not-yet tabulated healthy harvest of rebounds.

Up Next: Mabel-Canton was scheduled to visit Spring Grove on Feb. 5. Look for a write-up in next week's Herald.

On Friday, Schaeffer Academy is scheduled to play in the Lions' den.

On Monday, Feb.11 the Lions head to Lanesboro for the highly-anticipated rematch between the conference's two heavyweights. Currently, the Burros' only league loss was a down-to-the-wire setback at Spring Grove.

Thursday Feb. 14 is another road game, this time at Houston.



Southeast Conference 2013

BOYS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove * 13 - 0 15 - 4

Lanesboro 12 -1 13 - 4

Mabel-Canton 4 - 9 4 -14

Hope Lutheran 4 -10 7 -12

Houston 1 -11 1 -17

* defending division champion

WEST DIVISION

Grand Meadow 10 - 4 11 - 7

Schaeffer Academy 8 - 5 11 - 8

Lyle/Pacelli 8 - 5 10 - 9

Glenville-Emmons* 3 - 9 4 -14

LeRoy-Ostrander 2 -11 3 -16