Claire Peterson, in front, and her Lanesboro teammates put pressure on Rushford-Peterson in a game last week.  GABRIEL MUSSELMAN/REPUBLICAN-LEADER
Claire Peterson, in front, and her Lanesboro teammates put pressure on Rushford-Peterson in a game last week. GABRIEL MUSSELMAN/REPUBLICAN-LEADER
The Burros hit the road last week, taking on one of the best non-conference teams in the section as well as an SEC opponent.

Lanesboro at Rushford-Peterson

R-P defeated LHS 75-22 on Dec. 9.

Utilizing smothering defensive pressure, the Trojans tore out to a 26-0 lead and enjoyed a 50-13 margin at halftime.

Lanesboro center Olivia Haug scored six points (three of five from the field) and grabbed eight rebounds. Chelsea Hanson added four points and an assist. Haley Polin hit for three (a trey). Kaia Hongerholt snagged three rebounds, passed for two assists, grabbed two steals, and hit a free throw. Heather Boyum had two rebounds, blocked a shot, and scored two points. Olivia Rogers also blocked a shot.

"RP is very well coached, fast, physical and brings tons of pressure," LHS coach Kelley McMillen said. "We tried to prepare as best as we could but in the end we were very over-matched.

Over the course of the game, swarming R-P defenders forced 40 turnovers.

Kendra Crawford scored 20 for the Trojans and dished out six assists. Sierra McNamer added 18. Hope Morrison totaled 14 points and six steals. Brianna Koop tallied 12 points.

Lanesboro at Schaeffer Academy

LHS got their first win of the young season the following evening, defeating the Lions of SA 45-34.

"This was a good way to end a strenuous 12 days for us," McMillen said. "Schaeffer is really young and we came out and got a good jump on them with great ball movement and rebounding. One of our strengths I am finding out is that we are very unselfish, almost to a fault. We will look to build off us this win as we prepare for next week's games.

A jumper by Claire Peterson, three-pointer by Hanson, and a bucket plus free-throw by Haug spotted LHS an 8-0 lead right off the bat. The Burros led 20-15 at halftime.

Haug went on to achieve a 20-point, 23 rebound major double-double. Hongerholt finished with eight points, three assists, and a rebound. Hanson scored five, lifted six steals, and blocked a shot. Boyum had eight boards and three points, plus two steals. She also passed for two assists with no turnovers. Kelsey O'Koren, Haley Leiding, and Cassidy Ruud had two points each. Leiding also came down with four rebounds, as did Darrian Wangen.

As a team, the Burros had nearly as many assists (19) as turnovers (23). LHS also tallied 13 steals and a grand total of 51 rebounds.

SA had more opportunities from the foul line but only hit nine of 27 attempts (33 percent). LHS sank 42.9 percent (six of 14).

The Lions were led by junior forward Christina Westberg (six points). Lillia Newsom added five. Katie Eidem, Carol Cheng, Megan Boegel, and Julianne Hanson had four points each. The Schaeffer varsity roster includes four seniors, one junior, one sophomore, three freshmen, and three eighth-graders.

Up next

Lanesboro hosts Spring Grove on Tuesday, Dec. 17. On Friday, Glenville-Emmons visits LHS. The Burros are set to play on Dec. 27 and 28 at the Winona State Tournament.