Burros fall to Houston in tourney opener
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 10:18 AM
The Lanesboro girls' basketball team exited the sub-section tourney on Feb. 24 with a 51-35 loss to Houston.
No. 43 Paige Hungerholt surveys the floor as the Burros bench looks on. (Republican-Leader photo by Chris Olson)
The Burros came in with a No. 4 seeding, following a regular-season conference record of 12-6, 13-14 overall. Houston was seeded at No. 5, with a record of 7-11 in the SEC, 10-15 overall. The Hurricanes came into Friday's contest after winning four of their last five games.
Lanesboro mixed it up well with the Hurricanes in the first half, then fell into a slump with about 3 minutes to go in the period. With Bryn Harmon on the bench with 2 fouls, Houston made a 6-0 run on the home team, taking a 23-20 lead into the locker room.
The Burro scoring drought extended for about another 8 minutes when play resumed. For Lanesboro, it seemed like someone had nailed a lid on the bucket.
"That was really the difference in the game." Lanesboro coach Ryan Scheevel said. "When we did get good shots, the ball just didn't want to go in. And when we weren't getting shots, we were turning it over and Houston took advantage of every opportunity. They really seized the momentum at the end of the first half and continued to take it to the Burros in the second half."
The Hurricanes out-rebounded Lanesboro, 36-29.
Paige Hungerholt led the Burros with 9 points, followed by Johanna Bearson with 7, Karlee Ruen with 6 and Bryn Harmon with 5.
For the Hurricanes, Whitney Wieser scored 15, Abbey Loken 14.
"It was a disappointing way to end the season at home," Scheevel said, "but I am proud of what we accomplished as a team this year, improving on last years' record of 6-18 to end this season with 13 wins and to have a home playoff game."
Scheevel noted that his four seniors, Kiah Halvorson, Karlee Ruen, Bryn Harmon and Paige Hungerholt will be hard to replace. "They all contributed in their own ways and they are a special bunch that will be truly missed on the basketball court and in the community. It was a good foundation to start with this team..."