Lion girls left behind after competitive start at Grand Meadow

Siri Konkel looks for a passing lane during the backing off the road at Grand Meadow.
Photo by Lee Epps

The Spring Grove girls led 10-9 after six minutes, but the sixth lead change – which came with a 3-point field goal from Grand Meadow’s Lauren Queensland – started a 10-point run from Superlark . And the last 30 minutes would be nothing like those first six minutes on the way to the 66-21 final count at Grand Meadow on January 11.

The Lions, after scoring 10 points in the first six minutes, would only add 11 points in the final 30 minutes. It was 29-12 at halftime, and the Larks won the second half, 37-9. In that first period, the Grove girls had four turnovers while making four of their first five shots (including a pair of 3-pointers). Thereafter, turnovers would continue, while hot shots would not. The Larks had three early turnovers but only lost possession four times in their last 45 possessions.

Addyson McHugh led Lion with 7 points. The Lions were playing for the second game in a row without their only senior and top scorer of the season, Jordian Leahy. Grand Meadow was a more experienced team with a primary playing rotation of one senior, four juniors, and a freshman.

Four Superlarks scored in double figures, led by junior guard McKenna Hendrickson with 19 points and junior Kendyl Queensland with 17. Rookie Lauren Queensland added 14 points while 6ft senior River Landers was close to a double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Grand Meadow took control with offensive rebounds and finished with more offensive boards (17) than the Lions had in total rebounds (12). This dozen was a low season for Spring Grove. Along with a 20-rebound (32-12) advantage, the Superlarks used their speed to outscore the Lions, 20-0, with quick breaks.

The Larks didn’t shoot far beyond the 3-point arc (4 for 17, 24%), but they scored more than two-thirds of their points from the lane (46 of 66). Their 48% overall accuracy from the field was the best shot of any Lion opponent to date. Meanwhile, Spring Grove shot 28% (close to their 30% average for the season). There was no clearance at the foul line where the Lions were limited to four free throw attempts (1 for 4).

With this conference loss, the Lions closed the week at 4-9 (4-3 SEC). The Superlarks improved to 9-2 (5-1 SEC). It was a 10th straight win for Grand Meadow in a series that Spring Grove still leads, 36-31. The Superlarks also won the B-Team game, 29-21, while the Lion’s seventh graders improved to 4-1 with a 33-3 rout. There was no eighth grade game.

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VARSITY STATISTICS

>> SCORE by HALVES

>>SG 12 + 9 = 21

>>GM 29 + 37 = 66

all FGs: SG 29% (8-28), GM 48% (26-54)

FG 2 points: SG 21% (4-19), GM 59% (22-37)

FG 3 point: SG 44% (4-9), GM 24% (4-17)

Free spins: SG 25% (1-4), MG 63% (10-16)

Bounces: SG 12, GM 32

Turnover: SG 23, GM 7

2nd chance points: SG 3, GM 11

Quick break points: SG 2, GM 20

Dots in paint: SG 9, GM 46

The biggest lead: SG 2, GM 46

faults: SG 9, GM 9

INDIVIDUALS SG: points P, rebounds R, assists A, steals S, blocked shots B. Listed in order of jersey number. *Entrance. * Siri Konkel 3P. 1R; *Lydia Solum 3R, 1S; Sydney Holland 1R, 1A; Ava Olerud 3P; Kendal Van Minsel 1R; *Addyson McHugh 7P, 1R, 2S; Ciera Blaskowski no statistics; Jordan Leahy absent; * Emerson Ingvalson 4P, 3R, 3A, 1S, 1B; *Katelyn Kraus 4P, 2R, 1A, 1S, 2B

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B-TEAM: GM 29, SG 21

SG 14+. 7 = 21

GM 10 + 19 = 29

TEAM B TOTALS:

all FGs: SG 8, GM 12

FG 2 points: SG 5, GM 11

FG 3 point: SG 3, GM 1

Free spins: SG 2-8, MG 4-8; faults: SG 8, GM 9

INDIVIDUAL RATING: Siri Konkel 6, Kylie Hammel 4, Sydney Holland 3, Addison Halverson 3, Carlie Halverson 3, Kendal Van Minsel 2

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SEC Girls BB

EAST DIVISION

Lanesboro 4-1 SEC (season 8-4)

Houston 5-3 SEC (9-5 season)

Spring Grove 4-3 SEC (season 4-9)

Mabel-Canton 2-4 SEC (season 4-9)

Schaeffer Aca. 0-6 SEC (season 2-11

WEST DIVISION

Kingsland 5-0 SEC (9-7 season)

Grand Meadow 5-1 SEC (season 10-2)

LeRoy-Ostrander 2-4 SEC (season 3-7)

Southland 2-4 SEC (3-9 season)

Lyle/Pacelli 1-4 SEC (season 1-10)

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Spring Grove Women’s Basketball 2021-’22 (approximately 7:15 a.m., unless otherwise specified) *conference game

>>>4 wins, 9 losses (4-3 SEC)

W at Schaeffer Academy* 60-27

L vs. Decorah, Iowa 14-69

L vs. New Hampton, Iowa 38-57

L to Triton 38-70

L at Houston* 32-58

W vs. Mabel-Canton * 43-38

W vs. Southland* 54-45

L St. Charles 39-48

L to Lanesboro *35-58

>>> Rushford-Peterson Christmas Invitation

L at Rushford-Peterson 19-61

L v Dover-Eyota 37-77

W vs. Schaeffer Academy* 49-42

L to Grand Meadow*21-66

Tu es. 01/18Houston*

Thu. 20/01 at LeRoy-Ostrander (outside conference)

Mon. 01/24 at Waukon, Iowa 7:30 p.m.

Tu es. 01/25 Kingland*

Thu. 27/01 in Mabel-Canton*

Mon 01/31 Lewiston-Altura

Fri. 01/04 Lansboro*

Sat. 02/05 at Plainview-Elgin-Millville 1:30 p.m.

Tu es. 02/08 Central Fillmore

Thu 02/10 Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons

Fri. 02/11 LeRoy-Ostrander*

Mon. 02/14 at Southland (outside conference)

Fri. 02/18 at Lyle/Pacelli* (at Lyle)

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Spring Grove B Team Girls (4-6)

L vs Decorah 17-36

W to Triton 40-33

L at Houston 32-40

W against Mabel-Canton 34-20

L v Southland 28-36

W vs. St. Charles 35-27

W at Lanesboro 28-21

L at Rushford-Peterson 9-44

L v Dover-Eyota 9-59

L at Grand Meadow 21-29

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Spring Grove Grade 8 Girls (0-4)

L vs. Lansing Kee 18-46

L at Houston 25-36

L at South Winneshiek 19-23

L at Lanesboro 25-26

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Spring Grove Grade 7 Girls (4-1)

L vs. Lansing Kee 22-31

W at Houston 46-18

W at South Winneshiek 25-13

O at Lanesboro 25-15

W at Grand Meadow 33-3

Chris B. Hall