Julianna Sand goes up for two points over Jenna O’Laughlin of Hope Lutheran.
Julianna Sand goes up for two points over Jenna O’Laughlin of Hope Lutheran.
Spring Grove's girls basketball team lit up the scoreboard last week with two conference home victories over Hope Lutheran and LeRoy-Ostrander.

SG vs. Hope Lutheran

Kicking off their 2013-14 season, the Lions roared into the second half on a 24-2 tear to crush Hope Lutheran 60-25.

The Dec. 3 date was the Patriots' second game. After scoring 44 points in a loss to Rushford-Peterson, they were limited offensively by an effective mix of Lion zone and man defenses.

Spring Grove shot only 38 percent from the field, including only 2 of 10 from 3-point range, but the Lions held Hope to a dismal 16 percent from the field and sent the Patriots to the foul line only 4 times for 8 free throw attempts (7 for 8).

Only four Patriots scored while nine Lions hit the net, and all 10 Lions rebounded as SG rolled to a 39 to 25 backboard advantage.

As a team, the Lions passed for 15 assists with only 11 turnovers. Hope had twice as many giveaways.

Spring Grove also took advantage of superior speed, outscoring the visitors 18 to 3 on fast breaks.

SG also dominated inside where Samantha Bratland scored 16 points along with 8 rebounds and 4 steals.

Nicki Ellingson pocketed 12 points and rebounded 9 times. Junior center Kailee Bjerke came off the bench to score a career-high 8 points and grab 5 rebounds.

Freshman guard Kelsey Hermanson came off the bench for 6 rebounds. Julianna Sand also came in for 6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Sophomore Jordan Anderson added 5 points and had 4 assists.

Three-time all-conference senior guard Dakota Ellinghuysen led Hope with 12 of her team's 25 points and 9 of the Patriots' 25 rebounds.

Spring Grove opened the season with a 10-player roster including a primary rotation of 9 players - 3 seniors (Ellingson, Sand, Aly Folz), 4 juniors (Bratland, Bjerke, Lauren Arneson, Elizabeth Johnson), 1 sophomore (Anderson) and 1 freshman (Hermanson).

ALL FG: SG 38%, HL 16%

3-pt: SG 20% (2-10), HL 12% (2-17)

2-pt: SG 41%, HL 18%

FT: SG 55% (6-11) HL 88% (7-8)

Rebounds: SG 39, HL 25

Turnovers: SG 11, HL 22

Fouls: SG 11, HL 9

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

*Bratland 16P, 8R, 1A, 4S, 3H; Ellingson 12P, 9R, 1A, 2S, 2H; Bjerke 8P, 5R, 1H; *Arneson 7P, 1R, 1A, 2S, 5H; Sand 6P, 4R, 3A, 4S, 8H; Anderson 5P, 2R, 4A, 2H; *Johnson 2P, 1R, 2A; *Folz 2P, 2R, 1A,1S; Hermanson 2P, 6R, 2A; Hahn 1R

SG vs. LeRoy-Ostrander

The Lions defeated L-O 65-45 three nights later. Five SG girls posted career-high numbers to overcome a triple double from LeRoy-Ostrander's two-time all-conference senior Becca Bunne.

Bunne, the Cardinals' do-everything point guard, had an amazing night with 14 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists. Laura Stevenson, with 4 three-pointers, would add another 14 points, but it would not be enough help. The Lion bench outscored L-O's reserves 20-7.

SG (2-0, 2-0 SEC) led all the way. It was 18-13 when the Lions launched a 16-0 run. It was 39-24 at halftime, and L-O never got closer than 13 points in the second half

Bratland led Lion scoring with 19 points while Sand added 13 points along with a team-high 6 defensive hustle points.

Point guard Arneson had only 1 turnover while recording three career-highs with 9 points, 6 assists and 4 steals.

Ellingson missed almost all of the first half after drawing her second foul within the first couple of minutes. She still finished with a team-high 9 rebounds, 6 points, a blocked shot and a career-high 5 assists with no turnovers.

Johnson had personal bests with 7 points and 5 rebounds. Anderson had her best varsity rebounding night to date with 5 boards.

Bjerke added 6 points along with 2 steals. Aly Folz brought down 7 rebounds to help SG eke out a 38-to-37 edge on the glass.

The Cards (0-2, 0-2 SEC) could not keep up while committing 22 turnovers while SG lost possession only 9 times while passing out twice as many (18) assists.

Two Cardinals fouled out, but the Lions did not take full advantage while hitting only 9 of 24 free throws. That was still as many made free throws as L-O attempted (4 for 9). Both teams shot well from beyond the arc, but the Lions doubled up L-O in the paint 42 to 21.

It was the Lions' 14th straight win against L-O and their 74th consecutive conference victory.

The Lion B-team opened the season with a 35-22 win over the Cardinals. Spring Grove's eighth grade girls defeated L-O 26-12 while the seventh grade Lions hung on for a 16-14 win.

ALL FG: SG 36%, L-O 33%

3-pt: SG 44% (4-9), L-O 50% (5-10)

2-pt: SG 35%, L-O 29%

FT: SG 38% (9-24), L-O 44% (4-9)

Rebounds: SG 38, L-O 37

Turnovers: SG 9, L-O 22

Fouls: SG 16, L-O 18

INDIVIDUALS: *Bratland 19P, 2R, 2A, 3S, 3H; Sand 13P, 2R, 2A, 2S, 6H; *Arneson 9P, 3R, 6A, 4S, 4H; *Johnson 7P, 5R, 1S, 3H; *Ellingson 6P, 9R, 5A, 1H; Bjerke 6P, 4R, 2S; *Folz 4P, 7R, 1A; Anderson 1P, 5R, 2A; Hermanson 1R, 1H.

B-team: SG 35, L-O 22

all FG: SG 26%, L-O 17%

3-pt FG: SG 0% (0-0), L-O 0% (0-2)

2-pt FG: SG 26%, L-O 18%

FT: SG 341% (5-16), L-O 43% (6-14)

Rebounds: SG 39, L-O 32

Turnovers: SG 21, L-O 24

Fouls: SG 13

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

Hermanson 16P, 12R, 3A, 5S, 5B, 8H; Bohr 14P, 11R, 1A, 3S, 1B, 5H; Lee 3P, 5R, 1S, 2H; Edgington 1P, 4R, 1A, 2S, 6H; Gavin 1P, 1R, 3S, 1H; Borreson 3R, 1H; Brainard 2R, 1B; Gross 1R.

SEC Girls Basketball through Dec. 6


Spring Grove 2-0 (2-0 all)

Houston 2-0 (2-1 all)

Mabel-Canton 2-1 SEC (3-1 all)

Hope Lutheran 0-1 (0-2 all)

Lanesboro 0-2 (0-6 all)


Lyle/Pacelli 2-0 (3-0 all)

Grand Meadow 2-0 (2-0 all)

Schaeffer Academy 0-2 (1-2 all)

Glenville-Emmons 0-2 (0-2 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander 0-2 (0-2 all)