Nicki Ellingson goes up for two of her career-high 26 points in sub-0section opener versus Kingsland. Jon Speltz/Spring Grove Herald
Nicki Ellingson goes up for two of her career-high 26 points in sub-0section opener versus Kingsland. Jon Speltz/Spring Grove Herald
The Spring Grove girls dominated on the glass last Thursday, rebounding their way to a 64-44 win over Kingsland in the quarterfinal round of the Section 1A East Tourney. Sporting a No. 3 seeding, the Lions hosted the No. 6 Knights before a large home crowd.

On March 4, after the Herald went to press, SG closed the season at 19-8 with a 51-40 semi-final loss to No. 2 seed Fillmore Central. Complete coverage will be in next week's edition.

Quarterfinal:Kingsland at SG

In her final game on her home floor, KFIL-Radio Player of the Game Nicki Ellingson achieved a double double before halftime. The senior center finished with a career-high 26 points along with a season-best 16 rebounds. She also lifted 5 steals, passed for 3 assists and took a charge.

It was a departure from the Lions' previous 3-point win against the Knights, as SG grabbed a season-high 48 rebounds and recorded it's second best rebounding margin (+26) of the year. The Lions had more offensive boards (23) than Kingsland had total rebounds (22).

Just 12 days before in Spring Valley, the Knights had held a 7-rebound advantage in SG's much closer 52-49 win.

The Lions shot 34% from the field in the rematch after hitting only 27% in the regular-season game. The Knights shot a higher percentage (39%) than SG, but with 27 turnovers, didn't get enough chances to win. Kingsland totaled 22 fewer attempts during the contest.

The Knights scored first but quickly fell behind. An early blowout appeared possible with SG up 19-6 before KHS senior guard Haley Colton drilled two straight 3-point baskets. Kingsland trailed by 9 points (31-22) at halftime and closed to within 5 points early in the second period.

Spring Grove finally pulled away with an 11-3 run, hitting 9 of 12 shots. The Lions then used a delay offense during the final 3 minutes and hit 7 of 10 late free throws. Senior guard Julianna Sand further frustrated the visitors with a pair of last-minute steals.

KFIL Game Ball winner Aly Folz hit 4 of 5 shots from the field and went 2 for 2 at the foul line to score 10 points. Elizabeth Johnson added 8 points and Lauren Arneson 6.

Samantha Bratland pulled away 9 rebounds along with 5 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. Jordan Anderson (5 points) was the assist leader with 5 while Kailee Bjerke rebounded 5 times.

On the down side for SG were 21 turnovers and shooting only 14% from 3-point range (2 for 14).

Senior guard Melinda Woods led Kingsland with 11 points and was her team's KFIL Player of the Game.

The Knights, who had never faced the Lion girls before this season, closed at 3-23.

The Lion girls' No. 3 seed is their lowest in six years, but SG has won the last three sub-section championships and four of the last five.

all FG: SG 34%, K 39%

3-pt: SG 14% (2-14), K 23% (3-13)

2-pt: SG 40%, K 45%

FT: SG 60% (18-30), K 35% (7-20)

Rebounds: SG 48, K 22

Turnovers: SG 21, K 27

Fouls: SG 18, K 22


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

*Ellingson 26P, 16R, 3A, 3S, 4H; Folz 10P, 4R, 1A, 2S, 1B, 1H; Johnson 8P, 2R, 1S, 1B, 2H; *Arneson 6P, 3R 1A, 2S, 6H; *Bratland 5P, 9R, 3A, 3S, 4H; *Anderson 5P, 4R, 5A, 2S, 3H; *Sand 2P, 3R, 4S, 5H; Bjerke 2P, 5R, 1A; Kelsey Hermanson 1R, 2A; Amanda Hahn 1R; also playing Lauryn Bohr, Grace Edgington

Sub-section 1A East

#9 Lanesboro 63, #8 Houston 50

#7 Hope Lutheran 42, #10 Schaeffer Academy 38


#3 Spring Grove 64, #6 Kingsland 44

#2 Fillmore Central 48, #7 Hope Lutheran 45

#1 Rushford-Peterson 79, #9 Lanesboro 38

#4 Mabel-Canton 51, #5 Wabasha-Kellogg 44


#1 Rushford-Peterson 68, #4 Mabel-Canton 60

#2 Fillmore Central 51, #3 Spring Grove 40

Finals, March 8 at Rochester 11 a.m. #2 Fillmore Central (14-12) vs. #1 Rushford-Peterson (22-4)

SEC Girls Basketball through March 3 sub-section games

*division champions


Spring Grove* 16-2 SEC (19-8 season)

Mabel-Canton 13-4 SEC (15-10 season)

Hope Lutheran 7-11 SEC (11-16) season Houston 7-11 SEC (8-15 season)

Lanesboro 5-12 SEC (8-19 season)


Lyle/Pacelli* 18-0 SEC (24-1 season)

LeRoy-Ostrander 10-7 SEC (12-12 season)

Grand Meadow 10-8 SEC (11-15 season)

Schaeffer Academy 2-15 (5-20 season)

Glenville-Emmons 0-17 SEC (0-21 season)

Spring Grove Girls Basketball

Varsity scores

19-7 (16 - 2 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

W vs. Mabel-Canton 47-32

W at Hope Lutheran 57-50

L at La Crescent 47-53

W at Glenville-Emmons 84-15

L vs. Fillmore Central 53-65

W at LeRoy-Ostrander 68-46

W vs. Lanesboro 50-29

W vs. Grand Meadow 63-33

L at Rochester Lourdes 38-55

W vs. Houston 67-31

W at Schaeffer Academy 57-28

L vs. Lyle/Pacelli 52-68

W at Mabel-Canton 59-51

W vs. Glenville-Emmons 71-12

W at Kingsland 52-49

02-17 Rushford-Peterson - canceled

L at Lyle/Pacelli 44-71

Sub-section 1A-East (#3 seed)

W vs. #6 Kingsland 64-44

L vs. No. 2 Fillmore Central 40-51

B-team results - final

10-10 (10-3 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

L at La Crescent 6-63

L vs. Fillmore Central 49-28

W vs. Lanesboro 37-22

W vs. Grand Meadow 48-31

L at Rochester Lourdes 19-30

W vs. Houston 44-16

W at Schaeffer Academy 35-21

L vs. Lyle/Pacelli

W at Mabel-Canton

L at Kingsland 45-56

L at Lyle/Pacelli 27-60