School-record threes lift Ada-Borup past Lions
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 7:33 AM
Another northwestern school, Ada-Borup is located in the town of Ada, about 45 miles north of Moorhead. The Cougars came in with a record of 27-3. They managed to take third, defeating the Lions by a score of 70-59.
A large Saturday morning throng of Lions fans watch Randi Mehus launch a three-point attempt past Ada-Borup floor leader Taylor Kujava.
The Cougars, like Spring Grove's other tourney opponents, were fast out of the gate, hitting six of their first seven three point attempts.
The long-range bombardment helped them take a 25-9 lead. On the night, A-B hit an amazing 65% from beyond the arc - a school record 11 treys (out of 17 attempts).
While the Cougars were tossing in triple after triple, Spring Grove was 3 for 17 from 3-point land and was also missing beneath the basket on the way to its coldest shooting result of the season (16 for 61, 26 percent). With their fewest first-half points of the year, the Lions trailed 32-18 at the break.
Spring Grove fought back, closing to within single digits for most of the second half. A six-point run brought them to within one point (48-47) with 5:39 to play.
Unfortunately, someone nailed a lid over the bucket at that point. The Lions hit only three of their final 17 shots.
The Cougars' 29 turnovers were the only things that threatened their success. With 11 fewer turnovers, Spring Grove attempted 69 shots from the field to only 38 for A-D. But the Cougars held a 32 to 27 rebounding advantage and shot so well, it did not matter.
As hard as they tried, the speedy Cougars could not shut down the Spring Grove running game. The Lions outscored A-B 20-7 in transition and 41-15 in the lane. But the Cougars scored over half (37) of their points from the perimeter. A-B's 70 points were the most scored against Spring Grove in 33 games this season.
KFIL-Radio Cougar of the Game, Taylor Kujava, had the task of negotiating the Spring Grove full-court defense while scoring 25 points and rebounding 9 times.
Megan Kolness, who had not missed a shot while scoring 33 points in a 67-63 quarterfinal win, added 19 points and 6 rebounds against Spring Grove. Both were named to the All-Tournament Team.
KFIL Lion of the Game was Richell Mehus who finished with 23 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Game Ball honors went to Taylor Elton who had 17 points and 6 assists. Both were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Also scoring for Spring Grove were Randi Mehus with 8 points while Nikki Hansen and Cheyenne Moen each added 4. Addison Cross chipped in 3.