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.
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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

EAST DIVISION

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)

WEST DIVISION

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)