Addison Cross passes the ball out of traffic in home win against Grand Meadow.
Addison Cross passes the ball out of traffic in home win against Grand Meadow.

The Lions held a two-game home stand last week, defeating a pair of SEC visitors to remain perfect in conference play.

SG vs. Houston, 59-38

The Lions overcame chilly shooting with rebounding and ball handling for a 15th straight victory versus Houston, 59-38 on Dec. 11.

Spring Grove junior center Nicki Ellingson had an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double. With three assists and only one turnover, Addison Cross scored 13 points as did Julianna Sand who stepped into starting lineup for injured Nikki Hansen.

Randi Mehus provided a solid all-around performance with nine points and seven rebounds as well as game highs with six steals and a career-high six assists (with only two turnovers).

Fouls put both of Houston's returning all-conference players (center Abbey Loken and point guard Vanessa Lee) on the bench for half of the first period, but Spring Grove could not take full advantage by missing 12 free throws in the first half alone.

The Lions finished a disappointing 7 for 21 (33%) at the line and managed only 32% from the field.

The Hurricanes' shooting percentage was not much better at 38%, but it was mostly academic since 33 turnovers severely limited their opportunities. With 14 assists and only 10 turnovers along with 25 offensive rebounds, the Lions attempted nearly twice as many shots (83) as did Houston (44).

Completing Spring Grove scoring were Lauren Arneson with three points, Aly Folz with two and Heidi Buxengard with one.

Lee led Houston scoring with 14 points while Kelly Jerviss added 10. Loken was limited to five points but pulled down a team-best nine rebounds.

Spring Grove out-rebounded the 'Canes 40-34.

After seven early lead changes, the Lions enjoyed a 33-20 halftime margin. They then outscored Houston 26-18 in the second period.

Due the senior-junior trip, it was only the second game for Houston (0-2, 0-2 SEC) while Spring Grove (4-2) remained undefeated in conference play at 4-0.

Post players Samantha Bratland and Kailee Bjerke scored 14 and 13 points respectively as the SG B-team (4-2) won 48-4 with the 'Canes not scoring until the second half.

SG vs. Grand Meadow, 64-48

The Lions came out of the locker room on fire in the second half of Friday's match with Grand Meadow, pushing a 10-point margin to 21. That was enough to cruise on towards a 64-48 victory.

The Superlarks led 18-17 before a first-half run of 19-8 put Spring Grove up 36-26 at the break. Mehus scored nine of her career-high 15 points during that first-half spurt. The senior guard also had team-highs with six steals and five assists with only two turnovers.

Also in double figures were Cross with 13 points and Sand with 10, while Ellingson added 9 points and Bratland 7. Ellingson and Folz each had 8 rebounds and Bratland 7 as Spring Grove outrebounded GM 39-29.

Sand put in an all-around performance with three steals and three assists with no turnovers. Hansen, coming back from injury, came in to score five points while Folz put in three and Bjerke two.

Senior all-conference forward Courtney Olson led the 'Larks with a game-high 20 points and six rebounds.

Grand Meadow remained in contention for the first 12 minutes but then self-destructed with 33 turnovers. They lost possession on 9 of 13 possessions to start the second half as the Lions extended their lead to 21-points (48-27).

Spring Grove improved to 5-2 and remained unbeaten at 5-0 in the conference while GM (2-3, 2-2 SEC) lost a second straight league game.

Bratland scored 17 points as the B-team (5-2) also won, 54-15.

Up Next: Spring Grove fell to Waukon, 60-47, on Dec. 17. Look for details in next week's Herald.

On Friday, Dec. 21 the Lions host Lanesboro.

In the annual four-school Holiday Festival, SG hosts the two double headers for the varsity girls. The Lions play the second game (approx. 7:30 p.m.) each night.

On Thursday, Dec. 27, the Lions face Caledonia following the 6 p.m. game between La Crescent and R-P.On Saturday, the Lions take on R-P following the La Crescent vs. Caledonia game.