Burros tangle with Lions
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 6:24 AM
Lanesboro hosted one of the leading teams in SEC girls' basketball last week.
Unfortunately for the home team, Spring Grove defenders snagged 27 steals, kicked the ball up-court for 24 fast break points, and defeated the Burros 64-25 during the Dec. 17 meeting.
Another key was that the Lions shot a season-high 52 percent from the field, which was twice the 26 percent hit by LHS.
Junior center Olivia Haug led Burro scorers with six points. She also came down with seven rebounds and snagged three steals. Heather Boyum and Kelsey O'Koren had four points each, while Olivia Rogers and Haley Polin contributed three points apiece. Kayla Leiding and Chelsea Hanson each blocked a shot.
SG sophomore reserve Jordan Anderson got a career-high six steals. There were five thefts from Julianna Sand and four each from Aly Folz, Elizabeth Johnson, Lauren Arneson and Nicki Ellingson.
Arneson scored a career-high 16 points while Johnson added a career-best 15. Sand poured in 10. Ellingson scored eight points and rebounded 10 times.
SG only out-rebounded Lanesboro only 27-26, but the Burros had 36 turnovers to only 15 for the Lions.
Lanesboro sank six of 11 free-throws. The Lions failed to hit half of their free throws for a fourth straight game, only scoring six for 14.
"Right now we just have to focus on fixing the little things we need to do well in order to succeed," LHS coach Kelly McMillen noted. "Once we do that we will be a much better and more rounded team.
The Lions remained tied for first in the conference (4-1, 4-0 SEC). LHS dropped to 1-7 on the season and 1-3 in the conference.
In the B-team game, the Burros held on for a 37-34 win. Lanesboro also won both junior high games 27-14 and 32-14.
Lanesboro was set to host Glenville-Emmons on Friday, Dec. 20, but a school cancellation that day called off the game. As this issue went to press, no make-up date had been released.
Lanesboro is scheduled to attend the Winona State basketball tournament on Dec. 27 and 28. The current lineup lists St. Charles as the opponent number one (10 a.m. Friday), while Lewiston-Altura is the second (2:14 pm on Saturday).