Lanesboro's girls' basketball team played in two close games last week, both at home.

Lanesboro vs. Houston

In spite of a huge effort by junior center Olivia Haug (21 points, 29 rebounds), the Burros came up short versus the Hurricanes, 58-51.

"What hurt us was how many times we sent them to the line," LHS coach Kelly McMillen reported afterward. Houston players stepped up to the charity stripe on no less than 44 occasions, and they made it count, sinking 33 of those tries. Lanesboro got only a third as many points from the line.

"Heather Boyum and Kayla Leiding did a great job defensively in limiting Abby Loken; it was fun to watch them battle with her," McMillen said. "We had some players step up (Bailey Gartner, Kayla Leiding, Kelsey O'Koren) when we got into foul trouble and that was fun to see."

Haug also blocked two shots during the fray. Gartner ended up with 11 points, including a pair of triples. She also had four rebounds and two steals.

Haley Polin and Cassidy Ruud added four points each, while Claire Peterson scored three. O'Koren, Olivia Rogers, Kaia Hongerholt, and Leiding had two points each.

Ruud came down with four boards, while Peterson, Boyum, Kayla Leiding, and Haely Leiding had two apiece.

With two time all-conference senior center Loken limited to 14 points on the night, sophomore guard Anna Sweet stepped up, leading the Hurricanes with 22 points. Kelly Jerviss scored nine, and Natalie King seven.

Lanesboro vs. Grand Meadow

Lanesboro hosted Grand Meadow on Friday, losing 43-38.

For Burro fans, however, the game was a vast improvement over the 24-point shellacking that LHS suffered from the same team on Dec. 6. Lanesboro competed to the last minute in the reprise.

The Burros took the early lead, 10-4. The Superlarks tied it at 12-all. After two more ties, GM managed a six-point margin at the half, 24-18.

Gartner hit a trey after the break, cutting GM's lead in half. Lanesboro then closed to within a single shot five more times, but never caught the Larks.

"We did a great job defensively limiting their transition points," McMillen said. "We also did a better job of limiting our turnovers. We gave ourselves a chance at the end (and) just couldn't convert. We are very proud of our team this week and how they continued to battle, the kind of effort they put forth in both games was outstanding."

Gartner finished with 13 points and a rebound. Haug had six points and six boards. She also had two steals and a blocked shot. Polin had six points, nine rebounds. Rogers added four points, five caroms, and a steal. Peterson had three points, a rebound, and a steal. Kayla Leiding came up with three boards and two points. Hanson also had three rebounds, two points, and a steal. Hongerholt had two rebounds, two points.

The Superlarks took advantage of more chances at the foul line, sinking 14 of 25 tries. LHS got five points on nine foul shots.

GM scoring was led by junior center Jamie Stevens with 12, while freshman forward Brittanie Winfield and junior guard Rachel Oehlke added eight points each. Center Rio Landers, a sophomore, added six.

Up next

The two games to start this week, Monday at home against Hope Lutheran and Tuesday at Spring Grove were postponed due to cold weather (Lanesboro didn't have school Monday and Spring Grove didn't have school Tuesday). The Burros host Schaeffer Academy today (Thursday). Saturday brings a visit from Glenville-Emmons. Monday, Feb. 3, they take on LeRoy-Ostrander at home.

SEC Girls Basketball through Jan. 28 games


Spring Grove11-0 SEC (12-4 season)

Mabel-Canton 8-2 SEC (9-6 season)

Houston 5-5 SEC (6-7 season)

Hope Lutheran 5-7 SEC (8-10 season)

Lanesboro 1-8 SEC (3-14 season)


Lyle/Pacelli 11-0 SEC (13-0 season)

Grand Meadow 7-4 SEC (8-8 season)

LeRoy-Ostranmder 5-6 SEC (7-7 season)

Schaeffer Academy 1-11 SEC (4-13 season)

Glenville-Emmons 0-11 SEC ( 0-12 season)

Monday, Jan. 28 results

Spring Grove 50, Lanesboro 29

Mabel-Canton at Houston postponed

Grand Meadow 52, Schaeffer Academy 34

Lyle/Pacelli 71, LeRoy-Ostrander 19