Haley Polin pulls up for a jumper at Spring Grove. She led the Burros with 13 points against the Lions.  CRAIG MOORHEAD/REPUBLICAN-LEADER
Haley Polin pulls up for a jumper at Spring Grove. She led the Burros with 13 points against the Lions. CRAIG MOORHEAD/REPUBLICAN-LEADER
Lanesboro played three games in five days last week, traveling to Spring Grove on Tuesday, then hosting a different set of Lions two days later. A Saturday doubleheader versus Hope Lutheran topped off the bill.

Lanesboro at Spring Grove

Even though SG defeated LHS 50-29 on Tuesday, the second Burro-Lion game of the season was a far cry from an earlier 39-point Spring Grove win at Lanesboro.

In the first meeting, Lion steals and fast breaks led to a season-high 52 percent shooting percentage by SG. Last week, the hosts still got plenty of steals (22) but not as many lay-ups. The Lions shot 33 percent from the field, and the Burros (hitting 28 percent) stayed in the game much longer.

LHS fell behind 23-7 after 13 unanswered possessions, and SG appeared to be headed for a runaway, but the Burros bounced back before halftime, scoring the final six points to stay within striking distance (23-13).

The second half was an even battle until turnovers doomed the visitors. Down 40-29, the Burros did not score again - with seven turnovers in their last 10 possessions. The second scoring drought was just too destructive and too late for LHS to overcome.

Altogether, the Burros' 38 lost possessions (compared to 22 for SG) allowed them 22 fewer shots from the field. As in the first meeting, rebounding was even (with each team totaling 36).

Top rebounder with an amazing 17 boards was LHS 6-foot junior center Olivia Haug, who finished the double double with 10 points and snagged two steals. Scoring honors went to a Burro freshman, with forward Haley Polin putting in 13 points. She also had seven rebounds and two assists.

Claire Peterson had two assists and two points for LHS. Kaia Hongerholt added two points and a rebound, as did Kayla Leiding. Bailey Gartner had two rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot.

Spring Grove received balanced scoring with 11 points from Julianna Sand and 10 from Lauren Arneson. Samantha Bratland hit nine and Nicki Ellingson eight. On the backboards, Ellingson and Kailee Bjerke each had seven rebounds with Bratland pulling down six and Elizabeth Johnson five. Bjerke blocked three shots.

"We were very happy with how we played effort-wise throughout this game; and the score was not a direct indication of how this game was played," LHS coach Kelly McMillen said. "We felt we were a few plays away from making it much closer."

Lanesboro vs. Schaeffer Academy

On Thursday, the Burros defeated the SA Lions, 37-35.

Lanesboro enjoyed a 10-point margin at the half, after limiting SA to a dismal eight first half points. Lion shooters also had no success during the first 11 minutes of the second half, and the Burros led 34-8 with about six minutes left to play.

That's when Schaeffer woke up and made a 27-3 charge, coming within two points of catching LHS at game's end.

"Schaeffer to their credit didn't give up..." McMillen noted. "We found a way to win though, and that's something I'm not sure we would have done two months ago.

Haely Polin led Burros scorers again, with 14 points, nine rebounds, and two steals. Olivia Haug poured in eight points, and dominated the backboards again with 20 rebounds. Cassidy Ruud canned four points and grabbed three rebounds. Kelsey O'Koren scored two points and lifted two steals. Kaia Hongerholt had two points and two rebounds. Heather Boyum posted two points and a steal. Kayla Leiding also had two points and a rebound. Olivia Rogers chimed in for one point, one rebound. Haley Leiding had one point, four rebounds. Chelsea Hanson added one point, two rebounds.

Free throws favored the Lions, who hit 12 of 25 while the Burros scored on eight of 19.

Megan Boegel led SA with 10 points. Elle Wilson added seven, while Evelyn Lowe chipped in five. Hannah Carter and Katie Eidem scored 3 points each.

Lanesboro vs. Hope Lutheran

On Saturday morning, LHS defeated the visiting Patriots 57-50 in a makeup game.

"This was probably one of the more physical games we have played all year and very competitive for us," McMillen reported. "After trailing most of the game, we finally took the lead with about eight minutes or so left."

Lanesboro was down 30-23 at halftime. But the Burros were able to take the ball inside when it counted, scoring all of their second frame field goals in the paint during the Burro rally.

"In the second half we had great ball movement and team basketball..." McMillen noted.

Haug stepped up and took control of the inside game, scoring 23 points and coming down with 19 rebounds. She also lifted three steals.

The Burros also had balanced scoring from other starters and bench players, with eight additional team members putting points on the board.

Bailey Gartner scored nine points and dished for two assists. Chelsea Hanson poured in seven points, got two rebounds and lifted two steals. Heather Boyum added six points, four rebounds. Kelsey O'Koren chipped in four points and snagged four steals. Claire Peterson hit for three points, passed for two assists and added a rebound. Kaia Hongerholt stepped up as play-maker with four assists, two points, three rebounds and a steal. Kayla Leiding had two points, two rebounds, one steal, and one assist. Cassidy Ruud had three rebounds, one point and one steal.

LHS got five more points at the foul line (13 of 26), even though the Burros canned a lower percentage than the Patriots, who hit eight of 14.

Hope scored five triples while LHS went zero for six from downtown, but it wasn't enough to make up for LHS dominance near the basket.

Jenna O'Laughlin led the Patriots with 16 points. Dakota Ellinghuysen and Olivia Klug scored 11 apiece.

Up next

The Burros were scheduled to host LeRoy-Ostrander on Monday, Feb. 3. The following night, Glenville-Emmons was scheduled to visit Lanesboro for a special early tip-off (4 p.m. due to caucuses). On Thursday, LHS travels to Mabel-Canton. Finally, the Burros travel to Glenville on Friday.