Randi Mehus SEC Player of the Year All-SEC Team player Award Co-Hustle Award
Randi Mehus SEC Player of the Year All-SEC Team player Award Co-Hustle Award
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For a fourth straight basketball season, a Spring Grove girl has been named SEC Conference Player of the Year.

Senior guard Randi Mehus earned the award this year, headlining a group of three Lions named to the SEC All-Conference team. She was All-SEC Honorable Mention in 2011.

In conference contests, Mehus averaged 13.7 points per game, 5.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 3.6 steals. She also hit 40.2% from beyond the three point line and 62.7% with free throws.

Mehus was a two-year starter. Factoring in all games this season, she led SG in assists, steals and free throws attempted and made. She was the Lions' second leading scorer (12.4 ppg) and rebounder (5.8 rpg).

Her 53 treys this year is the sixth best season in the record books.

Mehus graduates at No. 4 in career three-point baskets (107), No. 6 in three-point accuracy (30.3%) and No. 10 in career assists (196).

Senior guard Addison Cross has made the All-SEC squad for a second straight year. Her conference game stats are 15.3 points per outing, 3.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 2.2 steals. She also hit 40.9% of her three-point buckets.

As the team's starting point guard, she led the team in season scoring (13.5 ppg) and was second in assists and blocked shots. In all games this year, she totaled 55 three point baskets (the third best season in the record books) and 404 points overall. That number is the fourth best season ever recorded.

Cross graduates at No. 3 in career three-point percentage (31.8%), and No. 6 in career three-point field goals (78).

Junior center Nicki Ellingson was named to this year's First Team after receiving honorable mention in 2012. She scored 13.5 points per game in conference action, along with 8.3 rebounds, and 2.3 steals.

Including all games, Ellingson was the team's leading rebounder (8.9 rpg) and third leading scorer (10.8 ppg). With another year to go, she is currently ranked No. 10 in career field goal percentage (43.9%). Her 267 rebounds in 2013 is the fourth-best season in the record book.

Samantha Bratland earned a spot on the 2013 SEC Honorable Mention list. The sophomore forward averaged 9.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game while shooting a very good 51% percent from the field and a strong 71% from the free throw line.

It is the second straight season in which a Lion reserve has earned all-league acclaim.

In team voting, Ellingson and Cross shared Most Valuable Player honors.

The Defensive Player of the Year award went to senior guard Nikki Hansen. In overall (all games) stats, Hansen averaged 4.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.9 steals. She led the team in blocked shots with 17 and was usually assigned to guard the opposing team's best perimeter player. In school records, Hanson graduates at No. 10 in career blocked shots (38), and No. 15 in career assists (163).

Mehus and Ellingson shared the Hustle Award for 2013. Hustle points are earned for outstanding efforts, which don't show up in traditional stats.

The Most Improved Player Award went to junior guard Julianna Sand. Often the first player off the bench, she served as the team's "spark plug," bringing unlimited energy to the floor. Sand also led the regulars in free throw success, hitting 64.7% for the season. In all games, she averaged 6.8 points, 1.2 assists, and 1.6 steals per game.

The Rookie of the Year award was won by sophomore guard Lauren Arneson. She was usually the second guard off the bench and played in 27 of 30 games.

Hansen, Cross and Mehus served as team captains during the 2012-13 campaign. All three were four-year letter winners. Third year letter winners are Ellingson, junior forward Aly Folz, and team managers Maddy Thompson and Aryn Jahnke. Second year letter winners are Arneson, Bratland, and Sand. Earning their first letters are sophomore guard Elizabeth Johnson, sophomore center Kailee Bjerke, freshman guard Jordan Anderson, and eighth grade forward Kelsey Hermanson.

Russell Larson served as head coach for the three-peat subsection champion Lions (23-7). Heath Olson served as varsity assistant and B-team coach. Olson's squad went 16-6 overall, 14-1 in SEC games. Junior High coaching duties were in the competent hands of Erin Konkel and Danielle Dehning.

All- Southeast Conference Girls Basketball 2013

Player of the Year - Randi Mehus (SG)

FIRST TEAM

Dakota Ellinghuysen (Hope Lutheran) junior forward 3rd year: 14.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 3.5 apg, 4.25 spg

Ann Rysavy (Lyle/Pacelli) junior guard 3rd year: 12.6 ppg, 5 rpg, 3 apg, 5 spg, 43% 3-pt.

Courtney Walter (Lyle/Pacelli) frosh guard 2nd year & H.M. '11: 11.5 ppg, 3 apg, 4 spg 34% 3-pt., 49% 2pt.

Abbey Loken (Houston) junior center 2nd year: 18.0 ppg, 10.9 rpg

Becca Bunne (LeRoy-Ostrander) junior forward 2nd year: 12.5 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 4.4 spg - season stats

Christy Welscher (Mabel-Canton) senior center 2nd year: 11.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.7 spg, 2.2 bpg, 52% FG

Addison Cross (Spring Grove) senior guard 2nd year: 15.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.2 spg, 40.9% 3-pt.

Autumn Thorsen (Grand Meadow ) senior guard *2nd yr. & H.M. '12: 9.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.8 spg, 31% 3-pt.

Nicki Ellingson (Spring Grove) junior center, H.M. 2012: 13.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.3 spg, 54.6% FG

Sarah Holtz (Lyle/Pacelli) frosh forward H.M. 2012: 14.8 ppg, 8 rpg, 3 spg, 59% 2-pt.

Lydia Geving (Mabel-Canton) junior guard H.M. 2012: 10.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 3.0 spg, 34% 3-pt

Randi Mehus (Spring Grove) senior guard H.M. 2011: 13.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.2 apg, 3.6 spg, 40.2% 3-pt., 65% FT

Audra Durhman (Grand Meadow ) senior guard: 11.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1,8 spg, 41% 3-pt, 70% FT

Jessica Jennings (LeRoy-Ostrander) senior guard: 14.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2,6 spg, 37% 3-pt. - season stats

Johanna Bearson (Lanesboro) senior guard: 10 ppg, 2 spg, 30% 3-pt.

*First team 2011 & 2013, H.M. 2012

HONORABLE MENTION

Vanessa Lee (Hou) sr. G, 2nd yr.#; Alisa Warnes (Lanesboro) sr. F, 2nd yr;: Anna Miller (L-O) sr. C, 2nd yr; Melanie Murray (SA) sr. F, 2nd yr;: Jenna O'Laughlin (HL) jr. G; Jaden Rasmussen (G-E) sr. F; Ashley Crumb (GM) sr. G; Madison Truckenmiller (L/P) soph. C; Sara Lind (M-C) jr. F; Samantha Bratland (SG) soph. F.

# First Team 2012

Repeat honorees: Eight of 15 First Team players are repeat selections

By team: First Team - SG 3, L/P 3, GM 2, M-C 2, L-O 2, Hope Lutheran 1, Houston 1, Lanesboro 1, Schaeffer Academy none, G-E none

By grade: First Team - 7 seniors, 6 juniors, 0 sophomores, 2 freshmen

By position: First Team - 9 guards, 3 forwards, 3 centers

First Team retaining eligibility: Lyle/Pacelli all 3, LeRoy-Ostrander 1, Houston 1, Spring Grove 1, Mabel-Canton 1, Hope Lutheran 1