Aly Folz, with the ball, fends off Mabel-Canton defender Abby Hanson. Near the action are Lions Lauren Arneson and Kailee Bjerke. SGH/Jon Speltz
Aly Folz, with the ball, fends off Mabel-Canton defender Abby Hanson. Near the action are Lions Lauren Arneson and Kailee Bjerke. SGH/Jon Speltz
The Spring Grove girls (9-2, 8-0 SEC) extended their conference winning streak to 80 games last week with a 15-point home victory against Mabel-Canton and a 7-point road triumph at Winona versus Hope Lutheran/

SG vs. Mabel-Canton

On Thursday, Jan. 9, SG scored the final 12 points of the first half and maintained double-digit leads throughout the second, defeating M-C 47-32.

The Lions held a slim 14-13 lead when they changed defenses. The Cougars did not score again before SG went into the break up 26-13.

Lion post players Nicki Ellingson and Samantha Bratland led all scorers and were strong on the backboard. Ellingson had 16 points and 11 rebounds while Bratland added 16 points and 9 rebounds.

Lauren Arneson had 5 steals and 5 assists with only 1 turnover while sophomore Jordan Anderson passed out a career-high 6 assists along with 6 rebounds.

Despite 11 rebounds by Cougar senior Sara Lind and 10 boards from senior guard Lydia Geving, SG out-rebounded M-C 43 to 35. Senior guard Carly McCabe led M-C scoring with 12 points.

The Lions shot a better percentage from 3-point range (36%, 4 for 11) than they did from closer in or at the free throw line. Neither team shot well from the field overall with the Lions posting 30% and the Cougars 26% success rates.

It was worse at the foul line where SG sank only 7 of 22 free throws - a season low 32%. M-C hit only 3 of 22 (14%).

The Cougars came in with a chance to move into a tie atop the SEC East, but SG improved to 7-0 in league play while M-C slipped two games off the pace at 5-2 (6-5 overall).

The Lion B-team (5-4, 4-1 SEC) defeated the Cougars 38-24. Eighth grader Lauryn Bohr and freshman Kelsey Hermanson each scored 16 points for SG.

varsity numbers

all FG: SG 30%, M-C 26%

3-pt: SG 36% (4-11), M-C 13% (1-8)

2-pt: SG 29%, M-C 29%

FT: SG 32% (7-22), M-C 14% (3-22)

Rebounds: SG 43, M-C 35

Turnovers: SG 18, M-C 22

Fouls: SG 16, M-C 15


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

*Nicki Ellingson 16P, 11R, 2A, 5S, 1H; *Samantha Bratland 16P, 9R, 2A, 1S, 3H; *Jordan Anderson 6P, 6R, 6A, 3S, 1H; Aly Folz 4P, 5R, 1H; Kailee Bjerke 3P, 4R, 1S; *Lauren Arneson 2P, 3R, 5A, 5S, 8H; *Elizabeth Johnson 4R, 1S, 3H; Lauryn Bohr 1R, 1H; Kelsey Hermanson 2H; also playing Grace Edgington

SG at Hope Lutheran

The SG girls saw their 18-point lead cut to six before holding off Hope Lutheran in the final three minutes on Friday, 57-50.

Victory seemed routine after a 21-7 start. But a 10-point Patriot run made it 35-24 at halftime.

Spring Grove opened the second half with an 8-2 spurt and again appeared safe with a 43-25 lead. But Hope chipped away and was back within six (53-47) when Jenna O'Laughlin hit the last of her three 3-point baskets with 3:03 left to play.

Fortunately for SG fans who made the trip to Winona, the Lions survived despite a shaky finish that included 3 late turnovers and success on only 2 of 8 late free throws.

For the second straight night, Bratland and Ellingson had identical scoring totals - this time with 17 points each and also 10 rebounds apiece. It was Ellingson's third straight double double with Bratland only one rebound short of the same rare achievement.

It was the Lions' third game without injured senior guard Julianna Sand.

O'Laughlin shared top scoring honors with 17 points for Hope. Three-time all-conference Dakota Ellinghuysen had a 13-point, 13-rebound double double despite playing the last 13:24 with 4 fouls.

Hope had shot only 16% from the field while being whipped by 35 points in Spring Grove back in early December. In this rematch, the Lions shot the same 38% as they had earlier, but the Patriots put 45% of their shots in the basket - including 6 three-point baskets.

But Hope was derailed by 36 turnovers against a combination of full-court and half court defenses. Lion ball-handling also suffered with 23 lost possessions as Hope defended full court all game.

SG could have put the game out of reach from the foul line but hit only 9 of 29 free throws. That 31% was a new season low one night after the previous low of 32%. Meanwhile, the Lions sent the Patriots to the line for only 8 free throws (4 for 8).

SG had success under the backboards with a 32 to 27 rebounding edge. A huge 16 to 3 margin in offensive boards helped the Lions outscore Hope 15-5 in second chance points.

SG has won all 15 games played against the Hope Lutheran girls. Hope does not field a B-team.

Monday's postponed match at Kingsland was re-scheduled for Feb 15 at approximately 1:30 p.m. after the B-team game.

varsity numbers

all FG: SG 38%, HL 45%

3-pt: SG 50% (2-4), HL 50% (6-12)

2-pt: SG 37%, HL 44%

FT: SG 31% (9-29), HL 50% (4-8)

Rebounds: SG 32, HL 27

Turnovers: SG 23, HL 36

Fouls: SG 13, HL 19



*Nicki Ellingson 17P, 10R, 2A, 2S, 4H; *Samantha Bratland 17P, 10R, 2A, 1S, 2H; *Jordan Anderson 8P, 2R, 4A, 2S, 3H; *Elizabeth Johnson 7P, 1R, 3A, 2S; Kelsey Hermanson 4P, 2R, 1A, 1S, 3H; Aly Folz 2P, 3R, 2A, 3H; *Lauren Arneson 2P, 2R, 1A, 1S, 7H; Kailee Bjerke 2R, 3S, 3H

This week and next:

On Tuesday, Jan 14, the Lions hosted state-ranked Lyle-Pacelli in a clash of the two SEC division leaders. On Thursday, Jan. 16, SG travels to Glenville-Emmons.

Next week begins with a Monday, Jan. 20 road game at Class AA La Crescent.

SEC Girls Basketball through some Jan. 13 games


Spring Grove 8-0 SEC (9-2 all)

Mabel-Canton 5-2 SEC (6-6 all)

Hope Lutheran 4-5 SEC (6-8 all)

Houston 3-4 SEC (4-6 all)

Lanesboro 1-4 SEC (3-10 all)


Lyle/Pacelli 7-0 SEC (8-0 all)

Grand Meadow 4-3 SEC (5-6 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander 2-4 SEC (4-4 all)

Schaeffer Academy 1-6 (3-8 all)

Glenville-Emmons 0-7 SEC (0-8 all)

Spring Grove Girls Basketball

Varsity scores

9-2 (8 - 0 SEC)

W vs. Hope Lutheran 60-25

W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander 65-45

W at Grand Meadow 47-43

L vs. Waukon 37-45

W at Lanesboro 64-25

W vs. Schaeffer Academy 59-14

L at Caledonia 52-71

W vs. Holmen 51-48

W at Houston 64-19

01-06 at Kingsland postponed to Feb. 15

W vs. Mabel-Canton 47-32

W at Hope Lutheran 57-50

01-14 Lyle/Pacelli

01-16 at Glenville-Emmons

01-20 at La Crescent

01-23 Fillmore Central

01-24 at LeRoy-Ostrander

01-26 Lanesboro

01-30 Grand Meadow

02-01 at Rochester Lourdes

02-03 Houston

02-06 at Kingsland

02-07 at Schaeffer Academy

02-11 at Mabel-Canton

02-13 Glenville-Emmons

02-15 at Kingsland 1:30 p.m.

02-17 Rushford-Peterson

02-21 at Lyle/Pacelli (Lyle)

B-team scores

5-4 (5-1 SEC)

W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander 35-22

W at Grand Meadow 50-15

L vs. Waukon 24-45

L at Lanesboro 34-37

W vs. Schaeffer Academy 42-27

L vs. Caledonia 33-49

L vs. Holmen 25-46

W at Houston 47-28

W vs. Mabel-Canton 38-24