Ellingson repeats as MVP; Arneson, Bjerke, Anderson also honored
Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:04 AM
Editor's note: This online version has been updated to include the name of a letter winner that was not on the list available when the print version went to the printer.
From Left to Right; Nicki Ellingson Most Valuable, 2nd year; Jordan Anderson and Kailee Bjerke co-Most Improved and Lauren Arneson Team Player Award, Hustle Award, Defensive Player Award
The Spring Grove girls basketball team has voted for team awards, and four players have been honored. Senior NICOLE ELLINGSON was named Most Valuable Player for a second consecutive year. The 5-foot-9 forward was a three-year starter and four-year letter winner.
Twice honored on the All-SEC team, Ellingson also earned honorable mention all-conference in 2012. She was the Lions' leading rebounder this season, second-leading scorer and shooter.
Ellingson graduates with 696 rebounds, second on the all-time list. She had 218 boards this season.
Ellingson scored 330 points this season, 864 during her career, the 10th best all-time total. She also was 10th best in career shooting percentage (43.7%), 14th in total blocked shots (28), 16th in career steals (160), and 23rd in assists (97).
The Team Player Award, Defensive Player of the Year, and Hustle Award all went to 5-5 junior guard LAUREN ARNESON, a three-year letter winner, who led the team this season in assists (2.7 per game), steals (83), and hustle points (171). Hustle points are earned for outstanding defensive efforts, and the award is determined not by vote but by total.
Arneson ranks 17th on the all-time free throw percentage list (60.6%).
The Most Improved Player Award was shared by junior center Kailee Bjerke and sophomore guard Jordan Anderson. BJERKE had 3.4 points per game, 3.4 rebounds, and a team-high 15 blocked shots. ANDERSON produced 4.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per contest and was second in assists (2.4 per game).
Other top performers included SAMANTHA BRATLAND, a 5-10 junior forward, who earned all-conference honors. She led the Lions in three categories - scoring 12.8 points per game, making 19 three-point baskets, and hitting 66% from the foul line. The three-year letter winner was also the second-leading rebounder averaging 7.0 boards per contest.
On the career-best books, Bratland holds fifth place for trey success (31%), ninth for hitting field goals (44%), and 10th for free throw accuracy (65%).
Senior JULIANNA SAND earned a third varsity letter and went into the record books with the 23rd best single season for steals (71). Classmate ALY FOLZ led the team in taking charges (5) and earned a fourth varsity letter.
Receiving a second varsity letter were Bjerke, Anderson, junior Elizabeth Johnson and sophomore Kelsey Hermanson. Also receiving a letter was senior Amanda Hahn.
The Lions went 19-8 (16-2 SEC) in 2013-14. SG won the SEC East Division for the fifth straight year and took the No. 3 seed into the 1A East Sub-section Tournament, where they defeated No. 6 seed Kingsland before losing to No. 2 Fillmore Central.
The Lions also produced another remarkable statistic this season, extending their consecutive SEC win streak to 86 games before losing to Lyle-Pacelli in February.
SG Girls Basketball 2014 Season Leaders
SCORING points per game
REBOUNDS per game
ASSISTS per game
STEALS per game
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
3-POINT FG MADE
FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
BLOCKED SHOTS per game
HUSTLE POINTS per game
HIGHEST SCORING GAMES
Ellingson 26 vs. Kingsland
Bratland 22 vs. Schaeffer
Ellingson 22 vs. Kingsland
Sand 22 vs. Mabel-Canton
HIGH REBOUNDING GAMES
Bratland 18 vs. Schaeffer
Bratland 17 vs. GM
Ellingson 16 vs. Kingsland
HIGH ASSIST GAMES
Arneson 9 vs. G-E
Ellingson 7 vs. Houston
HIGH STEALS GAMES
Bratland 9 vs. Houston
Arneson 7 vs. Houston