Second half sinks Spring Grove hopes at Caledonia


LEFT: Amelia Solum controls an inbounds pass against full-court pressure at Caledonia. Defending for the Warriors are Lyza Hoscheit (left) and Haley Jennings. RIGHT: Jacine Johanningmeier flips a pass to Addyson McHugh away from Caledonia defenders Maria Ness (left) and Madisyn Tessmer. Photos by S. Lee Epps
By: 
S. Lee Epps

It was a rough season opener for the Spring Grove girls who fell 69-24 on the road against the defending Class AA state runner-up Caledonia on Nov. 21.

Both teams return only one starter. Caledonia comes off a 26-5 season that also included a win over the Lions by a wide margin. But last season's 38-point decision was already decided by halftime. In this year's 45-point spread, the Lions were down only 10 points at intermission, 30-20. 

But Spring Grove managed only four more points (one field goal and two free throws) as the Warriors waltzed away with the win. The result was the fewest points scored by the Lions since a similar 69-18 loss at Caledonia 14 years ago.

The Warriors ran away with the game in the second half while the Lions were struggling with more turnovers than shots. Caledonia's full-court pressure defense forced 13 of the Lions' 35 turnovers. 

It did not help that two key Spring Grove ball handlers, Amelia Solum and Jordian Leahy, could not finish the game after suffering second-half injuries. Meanwhile, Maggie Lile (4 points, 7 rebounds) missed several second-half minutes in foul trouble. Senior letter winner Marie Petersen was also unavailable on the injured list. 

Neither team shot well from the field or the foul line. The Warriors won with a record number of shots while dominating the offensive backboard, handling the ball with only 11 turnovers and coming up with 26 steals.

Caledonia's official 88 shots from the field were the most in the 18 seasons for which the Herald has single-game records.

The Lions did not shoot well from the field at only 19%, including an 0-for-10 result from 3-point range.

The Warriors shot a weak 28%, but took more than twice as many shots with 23 more offensive rebounds and 24 fewer turnovers.

The Warriors displayed little patience while launching 26 shots behind the 3-point arc in the first half alone, although they hit only four (15%).

They attempted half as many treys in the second half (13) but hit five (38%) to finish with a rather weak 23% from afar. But they got quick starts by hitting their first two trey attempts of the first half and their first three triple tries of the second half. 

Caledonia scored 42 of its 69 points inside the free throw lane, including 19 fast-break points and 14 rebound points.

The Warriors outscored Spring Grove 10-8 at the foul line - again not by shooting well but by shooting more often (10 for 22, 45%). The Lions hit 8 of 14 free throws (57%).

Leahy led Lion scoring with 7 points while senior Jacine Johanningmeier made her varsity debut with 5 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Six different Lions contributed to the team's 7 blocked shots.

The Lions started two seniors (Johanningmeier, Amelia Solum), a sophomore (Leahy) and a pair of freshmen (Lile, Addyson McHugh). Contributing off the bench were sophomore McKenzie Fisch and freshman Lydia Solum along with eighth grader Katelyn Kraus.

Caledonia freshman guard Alexis Schroeder led all scorers with 23 points, one fewer than the Spring Grove team. 

Senior guard Haley Jennings and junior reserve forward Kailey Banse each added 15 points.

It was the eighth straight victory for the Warriors in a series they now lead 60 wins to 10.

Caledonia also took the B-team game 45-7 and both junior high contests.

This week and next

The girl faced another larger school when Waukon visited on Tuesday of this week. Decorah comes in next Tuesday (Dec. 3) and Houston visits for the conference opener on Dec. 5.

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Caledonia 69, SG 24

SG  20 +  4  = 24

Cal  30 + 39 = 69

Rebounds: SG 33, Cal 55

Turnovers: SG 35, Cal 11

All FG: SG 19%, Cal 28%

3-pt FG: SG 0%, Cal 23%

Free throws: SG 8-14, Cal 10-22

P-points, R-rebounds, A-assists, S-steals, B-blocks, * starter

*Johanningmeier 5P, 12R, 1S, 2B; *Amelia Solum 6P, 1R, 1A, 2S, 1B; Kraus 4R, 1B; Fisch 1R; *Leahy 7P, 2R; *McHugh 2P, 3R, 1S, 1B; *Lile 4P, 7R, 2S, 1B; Lydia Solum 3R, 1B

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Spring Grove Varsity Girls 2020

*conference games --home games bold

# girls/boys double header

approximately 7:15 p.m. unless noted

L at Caledonia 24-69

Tues.    11-26   Waukon 

Tues.    12-03   Decorah7:30

Thur.   12-05   Houston* 

Tues.    12-10   at Mabel-Canton*

Thur.   12-12   at Lanesboro*                          

Sat.      12-14 Iowa/Minnesota Border Battle at Decorah vs. Crestwood 9:30 A.M.

Tues.    12-17   Schaeffer Academy*

Thur.   12-19   at Grand Meadow (non-conf.)

Sat.      12-21 #            vs. Randolph* at Rochester2 P.M.

Mon.    12-30   Klawok, Alaska(time TBD)

Thur.   01-02   at Southland 7:30 P.M.

Fri.      01-03   Lyle/Pacelli*

Tues.    01-07   Fillmore Central

Thur.   01-09   at Houston*

Thur.   01-16   Rushford-Peterson

Fri.      01-17   Grand Meadow* 

Mon.    01-20   Mabel-Canton* 

Fri.       01-24   at LeRoy-Ostrander*

Thur.   01-30   at Schaeffer Academy*

Mon.    02-03   at La Crescent-Hokah

Tues.    02-04   at Lewiston-Altura 7:30 P.M.

Fri.       02-07   Kingsland*

Tues.    02-11   at Lansing Kee 7:30 P.M.

Fri.      02-14   Lanesboro*

Sat.      02-15 #            Cannon Falls 4 P.M.

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Spring Grove B-Team Girls 2020

0 wins, 1 loss

L at Caledonia 45-7

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Spring Grove 8th Grade Girls 2020

0 wins, 1 loss

L at Caledonia

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Spring Grove 7th Grade Girls 2020

0 wins, 1 loss

L at Caledonia