Chase Grinde drives past Houston defender Brett Hoskins.
Chase Grinde drives past Houston defender Brett Hoskins.
The Lion boys improved their record to 6-0 last week, downing a pair of SEC opponents - first at home versus Houston and then on the road at Grand Meadow.

SG vs. Houston

Using suffocating defense, SG swamped Houston 62-19 on Tuesday, Dec 10.

The play of the game probably came when Elliott Cross leaped out of bounds for a rebound and an assist. While still in mid-air, the junior forward whipped the ball back to Dylan Kampschroer who buried a long buzzer-beating 3-point bucket. That closed the first half with SG ahead 47-11.

The Hurricanes (2-2, 2-2 SEC) managed only 8 more points in a second half cut short by the mercy-rule running clock. It was the fewest points SG has allowed Houston in the modern era - in the last 64 years (since 1950). Records before 1950 are spotty, but Houston scored only 19 and 14 points against the Lions during the 1943 season.

Lion shooters bucketed 21 points with fast breaks, fueled primarily by pressure defense and steals. The Hurricanes took 36 shots and had 36 turnovers. They lost possession 25 times before halftime.

With all the Lions' defensive success, Houston only went to the foul line twice. The 'Canes hit 1 of 4 free throws.

The Houston offense had little success in the second half, but switching to a zone defense soon after halftime slowed the Lion attack as well. Unfortunately for the visitors, the second half was merely a formality after SG closed the first period on a 26-3 scoring spree.

Dustin Vickerman had a double double with 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, plus 5 assists (with only 1 turnover) and 4 steals.

Six Lions scored between 8 and 14 points. Freshman guard Chase Grinde led with 14 points along with 7 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 assists. Alex Engelhardt added 11 points and a career-best 6 steals.

Brady Schuttemeier scored 10 points. Cross put in 8 points and rebounded 6 times to help SG out-board Houston 34 to 26.

With 8 points and a team-high 8 hustle points, Kampschroer passed for 3 assists with only 1 turnover as the Lions finished with more team assists (15) than turnovers (12). Freshman Brock Schuttemeier closed the scoring with a free throw, his first varsity point.

About the only disappointment for the Lions was missing more free throws than they hit (10 of 21, 48%). The game was Spring Grove's 24th straight win versus Houston.

The excitement came during the B-team game as undefeated Houston rallied from 10 points down to win 41-37 despite the Lions hitting 7 three-point baskets. SG won the eighth grade game 53-18 while Houston took the seventh grade game 32-26.

varsity numbers vs. Houston

all FG: SG 41%, Hou 25%

3-pt FG: SG 27% (4-15), Hou 0% (0-9)

2-pt FG: SG 47%, Hou 33%

FT: SG 48% (10-21), Hou 25% (1-4)

Rebounds: SG 34, Hou 26

Turnovers: SG 12, Hou 36

Fouls: SG 11, Hou 9

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

*Grinde 14P, 7R, 2A, 5S, 1H; *Engelhardt 11P, 1R, 1A, 6S, 1H; *Vickerman 10P, 11R, 5A, 4S, 4H; *Brady Schuttemeier 10P, 4R, 1A, 2S, 4H: Cross 8P, 6R, 1A, 1S, 3H; *Kampschroer 8P, 2R, 3A, 2S, 8H; Tanner Sanness 2R, 1S; Gabe Solum 1A, 1S, 1H; Jordan Jaster 1R, 1A, 1S; Brock Schuttemeier 1P; Devon Nerstad 1H.

B-team stats previous game at Waukon

ALL FG: SG 37%, W 46%

3-pt: SG 35% (8-23), W 0% (0-3)

2-pt: SG 39% (12-31), W 48% (27-56)

FT: SG 44% (8-18), W 50% (6-12)

Rebounds: SG 23, W 39

Turnovers: SG 19, W 21

Fouls: SG 15, W 19

*Toby Leahy 3P, 2R, 6A, 5H; *Noah Myrah 3P; *Brock Schuttemeier 14, 3R, 1A, 3S, 3H; Adin Solum 9P, 1A, 1S; *Devon Nerstad 8P, 3R, 2A, 5H; Zach Rains 3P, 1S; Cullen Patterson 2R, 1A, 1S. 1H; Alex Folz 1P, 2R, 2A, 3H; Ethan Matzke 5P, 5R, 1S, 4H; *Jordan Jaster 10P, 6R, 1S, 5H.

B-team stats vs. Houston

ALL FG: SG 33%. Hou 39%

3-pt: SG 30% (7-23), Hou 18% (2-11)

2-pt: SG 38% (6-16), Hou 46% (16-35)

FT: SG 67% (4-6), Hou 43% (3-7)

Rebounds: SG 28, Hou 22

Turnovers: SG 30, Hou 24

Fouls: SG 11, Hou 9

*Leahy 3P, 9R, 2A, 3S, 7H; *Myrah 1R. 2S, 1H; *Brock Schuttemeier 3P, 4R, 2A, 1S, 2H; Adin Solum 9P; *Nerstad 8P, 1R, 2S, 7H; Rains 3P, 1R, 1A, 2S; Patterson 1S, 1H; Folz 1R, 4A; Matzke 4P, 3R, 1S, 3H; *Jaster 7P, 8R, 1A, 2S, 6H.

SG at Grand Meadow

Using offensive rebounds and free throws, the Lions defeated the Superlarks three days later, 60-40. The Lions shot a season low 34% but still had 19 field goals to 18 for GM.

The difference was Spring Grove's 18-1 scoring margin at the foul line. Even though SG shot a very modest 56% at the charity stripe, the Lions attempted 32 free throws (18 for 32) while limiting GM to only one trip to the line (1 for 2). While the Lions were feasting at the foul line, three Superlarks fouled out.

Also with 21 offensive rebounds, SG outscored GM 21-2 with second chance opportunities. Neither team was effective from 3-point range.

Grinde led all scorers with 19 points. Vickerman scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. He is only one rebound short of four straight double doubles.

Brady Schuttemeier scored 13 points and rebounded 9 times. Engelhardt passed out 6 assists with only 1 turnover and was the steals leader with 4 thefts. He was also the fourth Lion to score in double figures with 11 points.

SG was without one usual starter as Kampschroer was out ill. Questionable before game time after two days of illness, Cross did play and contributed 3 points and 5 rebounds.

After winning the state football championship and getting few basketball practices, GM was playing only its second game - coming off a 68-49 road win at Lyle/Pacelli. Trenton Bleifus had scored 35 points in that opener, but no Superlark scored in double figures against Lion defenders. Bleifus led with 9 points.

SG appeared to be pulling away early with a 16-7 lead, but it was tied 23-all shortly before halftime. Then the Lions scored the final six points of the first period and opened the second half with a 9-3 run.

GM chipped away and was back within 8 points before SG finished the game with a 14-2 scoring streak. The Larks hit only one of their last 11 shots while turning the ball over 7 times.

While GM had 27 turnovers, SG lost possession only 13 times. The Larks' only scoring advantage came with a 15-4 margin in fast breaks.

The Lion B-team improved to 3-2 with a 40-19 win at GM. The SG eighth graders (5-0) rallied late to edge Caledonia 36-35. The seventh grade team (1-5) fell by a wide margin against the Warriors.

Up Next: Spring Grove hosted Lyle-Pacelli on Monday, Dec. 16. Kingsland visited the following night. On Thursday Dec. 19, SG hosts Schaeffer Academy. The multi-day Holiday Festival Tournament at Rushford will present some major challenges for the Lions. On Friday Dec. 27, Spring Grove plays Caledonia. Stet-ranked No. 2 Rushford-Peterson hosts SG on Monday Dec. 30.

Varsity numbers vs. GM

all FG: SG 34%, GM 40%

3-pt: SG 22% (4-18), GM 18% (3-17)

2-pt: SG 39%, GM 54%

FT: SG 56% (18-32), GM 50% (1-2)

Rebounds: SG 37, GM 25

Turnovers: SG 13, GM 27

Fouls: SG 12, GM 26

INDIVIDUALS: *Grinde 19P, 4R, 2A, 3S, 6H; *Vickerman 14P, 12R, 3A, 2S, 6H; *Brady Schuttemeier 13P, 9R, 2A, 1S, 6H; *Engelhardt 11P, 4R, 6A, 4S, 2H; Cross 3P, 5R, 1S, 3H; *Solum 3R, 4H; also playing Tanner Sanness, Jordan Jaster, Devon Nerstad, Brock Schuttemeier,

B-team stats versus Grand Meadow

ALL FG: SG 30% (14-47), GM 23% (8-35)

3-pt: SG 33% (6-18), GM 11% (1-9)

2-pt: SG 28% (8-29), GM 27% (7-26)

FT: SG 32% 6-19), GM 17% (2-12)

Rebounds: SG 25, GM 35

Turnovers: SG 14, GM 32

Fouls: SG 12, GM 20

*Leahy 5P, 4R, 1A, 1S, 1H; *Myrah 4P, 7R, 2A, 3S, 2H; Adin Solum 3P, 3H; *Nerstad 10P, 2R, 1A, 2S, 4H; Rains 2P, 1A, 2H; Patterson 3R, 1A, 2S, 2H; Folz 7P, 2R, 4A, 5S, 7H; *Jaster 3P, 4R, 1A, 2S, 1H.

Southeast Conference Boys Basketball through Dec. 16 games


Spring Grove 6-0 SEC (7-0 all)

Lanesboro 4-1 SEC (4-1 all)

Mabel-Canton 3-1 SEC (4-2)

Houston 3-2 SEC (3-3)

Hope Lutheran 1-2 SEC (2-3)


Lyle/Pacelli 2-4 SEC (2-5 all)

Glenville-Emmons 1-2 SEC (3-5 all)

Grand Meadow 1-2 (1-2 all)

Schaeffer Academy 0-3 SEC (0-4)

LeRoy-Ostrander 0-4 SEC (0-4)

SG varsity basketball

7-0 (6-0 SEC)

W at Lanesboro 63-55

W vs. Hope Lutheran 72-30

W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander 74-28

W at Waukon 54-42

W vs. Houston 62-19

W at Grand Meadow 60-40

W vs. Lyle/Pacelli 80-53

12-17 Kingsland

12-19 Schaeffer Academy

12-27 vs. Caledonia 6 p.m.

12-30 at Rushford-Peterson 7:30

01-02 Mabel-Canton

01-03 at Fillmore Central (Preston)

01-07 at Lyle/Pacelli (Austin)

01-10 at Hope Lutheran Girls 6:00, boys 7:15 double header

01-11 vs. Randolph, WI 3 p.m. at The Dells

01-13 Lanesboro

01-17 Glenville-Emmons

01-21 at Houston

01-23 at LeRoy-Ostrander

01-27 at Mabel-Canton

01-31 Grand Meadow

02-03 at Lansing Kee

02-06 at Schaeffer Academy

02-08 Southland 4 p.m.

02-14 at Glenville-Emmons

SG B-team basketball

4-2 (4-1 SEC)

W at Lanesboro 40-37

W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander 67-16

L at Waukon 56-60

L vs. Houston 37-41

W at Grand Meadow 40-19

W vs. Lyle/Pacelli 50-14