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
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
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.

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

Bratland 12.8

Ellingson 12.7

Sand 7.5

Arneson 6.7

Johnson 5.0

Anderson 4.5

REBOUNDS per game

Ellingson 8.3

Bratland 7.0

Bjerke 3.4

Sand 3.3

Anderson 3.1

Arneson 2.9

Johnson 2.8

Folz 2.6

ASSISTS per game

Arneson 2.7

Anderson 2.4

Sand 2.1

Ellingson 2.0


Hermanson 1.050

Arneson 1.000

Sand 0.980

STEALS per game

Arneson 3.1

Sand 3.0

Bratland 2.6

Ellingson 2.2

Folz 2.0


Bohr 60%

Ellingson 43%

Bratland 39%

Folz 34%

Bjerke 34%

Sand 33%

Arneson 32%

Hermanson 32%

Anderson 31%


Edgington 33%

Bratland 31%

Johnson 24%


Bratland 19

Johnson 17

Arneson 13

Sand 8


Bratland 66%

Hermanson 64%

Arneson 60%

Sand 54%

Ellingson 51%


Sand 0.63

Bjerke 0.56


Arneson 6.3

Sand 4.5

Ellingson 3.7

Bratland 2.9

Johnson 2.1


Folz 5

Arneson 4


Ellingson 9

Bratland 5


Ellingson 26 vs. Kingsland

Bratland 22 vs. Schaeffer

Ellingson 22 vs. Kingsland

Sand 22 vs. Mabel-Canton


Bratland 18 vs. Schaeffer

Bratland 17 vs. GM

Ellingson 16 vs. Kingsland


Arneson 9 vs. G-E

Ellingson 7 vs. Houston


Bratland 9 vs. Houston

Arneson 7 vs. Houston