Two more wins; girls still perfect in conference
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 4:10 AM
Two runaway victories extended the Lion girls' conference winning streak to 66 games. On Jan. 22, the ladies hosted Glenville-Emmons before a Friday trip to Grand Meadow.
Elizabeth Johnson leaps across the end line trying to keep the ball in play against Glenville-Emmons. Following up are Julianna Sand (#20) and Samantha Bratland.
SGH/Jon & Makena Speltz
SG versus Glenville- Emmons
The Lions began the week by sinking a record 12 three-point buckets on the way to an 84-25 thrashing of the Wolverines.
Against the G-E zone defense, the Lions hit a terrific 55% from downtown. That's better than their 43% two-point and their 53% free throw accuracy (10 for 19).
Randi Mehus tossed in 5 of 7 treys while Addison Cross was good on 4 of 5. Julianna Sand hit 2 of 5 triple shots, while Jordan Anderson nailed her only attempt. Mehus led all scorers with 18 points, while Cross scored 17, Nicki Ellingson 14 and Sand 12.
Ten Lions scored with Samantha Bratland adding 7 points while Nikki Hansen and Kailee Bjerke scored 5 apiece. Anderson had 3 points, Elizabeth Johnson 2 and Kelsey Hermanson 1.
Hansen had a season-best 7 assists, one of five Lions with more assists than turnovers. Sand, Mehus, Cross and Johnson each had 3 assists. Overall the Lions passed out a season-high total of 24 assists with only 15 turnovers.
Spring Grove collected 44 rebounds to 29 for G-E. Ellingson led all rebounders with 9. A dozen Lions were credited with rebounds including Aly Folz with 6 and Bjerke with 5.
Eight Lions had steals with 5 thefts by Cross, 4 by Mehus and 3 by Hansen.
Under duress against a quick Spring Grove defense, G-E ball handlers were plagued by 36 turnovers, half of which were Lion steals.
When the Wolverines did get off a shot, they missed all 5 three-point attempts and hit only 21% from the field. The previous low for a Lion opponent was the 16% G-E shot in the 61-18 season opener.
After eight three-pointers hit the net, the Lions led 56-15 at halftime and were ahead 78-23 when the mercy-rule clock kicked in for the final nine minutes.
G-E (1-13) remained winless after 10 conference games, extending their SEC losing streak to 28 games. Spring Grove has won all 24 games played against the Wolverines. As part of a boys/girls double header, there was no B-team game.
Spring Grove at Grand Meadow
Both teams arrived with four-game winning streaks, but SEC East-leading Spring Grove knocked Grand Meadow out of first place in the SEC West with a 73-48 win.
After roaring out to a 15-3 start, the Lions were up 45-23 at halftime. They led by as many as 37 points before GM closed with a 13-1 run against Spring Grove reserves.
Four Lions scored in double figures, led by Cross with 16 points, Ellingson with 15 and Bratland with 14. Mehus put in 11 points and sparked the attack with 5 assists and only one turnover.
Also scoring for Spring Grove were Hansen and Sand with 5 points each, Hermanson with 3 and 2 apiece from Folz and Bjerke.
With the Lions' 30 to 23 backboard advantage on Friday, Spring Grove has now out-rebounded their opponents for the 12th time in 19 games, including an earlier encounter with GM. Ellingson led with 8 rebounds while Hansen corralled 6 caroms and Mehus 5.
Folz, Mehus and Bratland contributed 3 steals each to a defensive effort that came up with 15 thefts, contributing to 31 Superlark turnovers.
The Lions shot better at GM than they had against the Larks back in Spring Grove. In this rematch, Spring Grove hit a strong 43% (6 for 14) from three-point range and 49% overall from the field, but scored an undistinguished 50% from the foul line (9 for 18).
Even so, for the fifth straight game the Lions made more free throws than their opponent attempted, limiting the Superlarks to only seven free throws (6 for 7).
That was a distinct improvement from the Lions' earlier home (64-48) win when they allowed GM three times that many attempts.
The Lions limited Courtney Olson (who had scored 20 points in the teams' first meeting) to only 3 points in the rematch.
GM was led by 13 points from both sophomore guard Rachel Oehlke and 6-foot freshmen center Rio Landers.
The Lion B-team (11-5) also completed a season sweep of GM, 57-19. Four Lions scored in double figures led by Lauren Arneson with 12 points, Kailee Bjerke with 11, and 10 each from Samantha Bratland and Jordan Anderson.
Up Next: The Lion ladies (13-6, 12-0 SEC) were scheduled to host Mabel-Canton on Jan. 29 if the weather cooperated.
The girls travel to Harmony on Thursday, Jan. 31 to face Fillmore Central. LeRoy-Ostrander visits Spring Grove on Friday, Feb. 1.
Southeast Conference 2013
GIRLS Basketball conf. season
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Spring Grove * 12 - 0 13 - 6
Hope Lutheran 7 - 5 13 - 5
Mabel-Canton 6 - 5 10 - 6
Lanesboro 4 - 8 5 -12
Houston 3 - 8 4 -12
Lyle/Pacelli 9 - 2 14 - 2
Grand Meadow 9 - 3 10 - 7
LeRoy-Ostrander * 7 - 5 8 -10
Schaeffer Academy 1 -11 4 -14
Glenville-Emmons 0 -11 1 -14
* defending division champion