Oliva Haug pulls down a rebound for the Burros in a game vs. Mabel-Canton.
Oliva Haug pulls down a rebound for the Burros in a game vs. Mabel-Canton.

The Lanesboro girls' basketball team opened home-court play on Nov. 27, hosting Mabel-Canton. Although the Burros took the early lead and enjoyed a six-point margin about midway through the first half, the Cougars roared back to win the game 57-43.

Lanesboro worked for high-percentage open shots, only airing six from beyond the arc. The Burros hit 33 percent from the field on the night. Mabel-Canton had more success inside as the game progressed, taking a 26-22 halftime lead. On the boards, the teams matched up evenly. Lanesboro recorded 23 rebounds, while Mabel-Canton grabbed 22.

"Mabel - Canton have some very athletic girls who can shoot and defend," LHS coach Kelly McMillen said. " (M-C) Coach Wilder has them playing extremely well. For us, Johanna Bearson had really good game in terms of playing great defense, running the offense and taking open shots. Kirsten Ruen played a great game defensively for us as well. There are some small adjustments we need to make to better ourselves for the long run."

Bearson scored 18 points, adding three rebounds and 2 assists. Olivia Haug blocked two shots, grabbed 9 rebounds (5 off the defensive glass, 4 on offense), and scored 6 points, including 4 of 6 from the free throw line. Alisa Warnes had 7 rebounds and 8 points. Besides keeping up the pressure on defense, Ruen scored two points and added an assist.

Christy Welscher led the Cougars with 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Lydia Geving scored 13 points, nabbed 3 steals, and contributed 5 assists. Carly McCabe and Sara Lind were also in double figures on the night.

The Burros travel to Grand Meadow on Friday, then host a double-header with Hope Lutheran on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Schaeffer Academy will visit Lanesboro on Dec. 15.