Solon Springs sweeps Mellen, girls down Drummond
The Solon Springs boys and girls basketball teams completed a sweep of Mellen Thursday night, with the boys winning 65-55 and the girls winning 36-32.
"The girls played a great game that was close the whole way," said Brian Amys, head coach of the Solon Springs girls. "The lead was never more than eight, which was in Solon's advantage with less than four minutes to go in the fourth quarter."
Mellen led by four after the first quarter, but a 13-point effort from Solon Springs in the second quarter put the Eagles up 21-19 at halftime. Solon Springs maintained a two-point lead at the end of the third quarter and then extended the lead to start the fourth.
Tylor Kruse and Brianna Larson led the Eagles in scoring with seven points apiece. Autumn Blaylock led the team in rebounded with nine, and Phoenix Thomas had a team-leading five assists.
"Scoring was pretty even throughout the game," Amys said. "We had eight girls see playing time last night, and all eight scored. It's huge that the scoring is spread out across the roster so teams know that we have multiple threats when it comes to the offensive end."
For the Granite Diggers, Meg Ellias finished with 23 points.
"We have a lot to work on still, but it's getting better, and that's what I like to see as a coach," Amys said. "The girls are believing in the system and style, and it has shown already."
In the second game of the night, the Solon Springs boys held Mellen to just three baskets in the first quarter as they raced out to a 17-8 lead.
The Granite Diggers were never able to recover from their slow start, and Solon Springs rolled on to a 65-55 victory.
Caleb Hedberg, Logan Long and CJ Zamzow all finished with 11 points each for Solon Springs. Austin Khalar and Zach Rajala scored nine points apiece -- with Rajala hitting a trio of 3-pointers -- Adam Vandenberghe added eight points and Daniel Gengenbach added six points.
Charlie Flesch had a big night for Mellen, making five 3-pointers and finishing with 17 points. Diesel Shutte also did well at the arc, scoring all 12 of his points on 3-pointers.
On Friday, the Solon Springs girls improved to 2-1 on the season with a 43-31 victory over Drummond. The win also puts the Eagles at 2-0 in Indianhead Conference play this season.
"We went in to the game ready to play," Amys said. "The girls adapted well to the gym, and once we settled down we gained control and maintained that lead the rest of the game."
The Eagles led by just one point after the first quarter, but they outscored Drummond 15-6 in the second to take a 22-12 lead by halftime.
Drummond trailed by as many as 14 points before coming back to cut the lead to eight in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Amys said, Kruse, Larson and Thomas took over to lead the Eagles to a 43-31 win.
"I can't be more happy with the girls. They are working hard and believing in the system," Amys said.
Tylor Kruse finished with 11 points to lead the Eagles. Larson and Shayla Bornholdt added eight apiece, Thomas had seven, Blaylock had five and Alicia Jensen had four. Blaylock and Kruse led the team in rebounding with seven apiece, Thomas had four assists and Blaylock had three.
"We have a lot of underclassmen stepping in and giving us quality minutes and making big plays," Amys said.
The Eagles boys and girls were both back in action on Monday night with a non-conference doubleheader against Birchwood.
Mellen 8 16 17 14 -- 55
Solon Springs 17 18 12 18 -- 65
Mellen 12 7 6 7 -- 32
Solon Springs 8 13 6 9 -- 36
Solon Springs 7 15 7 14 -- 43
Drummond 6 6 9 10 -- 31