The Burros played two games at the Winona State University Warrior Club Holiday Tournament last week.

Lanesboro vs. St. Francis (WI)

Thursday, Dec. 27, found Lanesboro taking on the Mariners, a team that hails from the Milwaukee area.

"We were missing some players but it gave some other girls (including some eighth graders) the chance to step up and I was very happy with how they responded," LHS coach Kelly McMillen reported. "I was also very happy with the older girls for keeping their composure and working hard throughout the entire game."

After sprinting to a 10-5 lead, Lanesboro stayed close throughout the first half. A 9-2 run just before halftime by St. Francis broke a 21-21 tie, sending the Wisconsin team to the locker room with a 30-23 lead. Although the Burros got to within 4 points in the second period, the Mariners held on for a 65-52 win.

"In the end, we just didn't make enough shots to win the game," McMillen added. "St. Francis played a 'Grinnell' style of basketball; sub 5 players at a time, trap the ball wherever they could and shoot a lot of 3's in transition. It was fast moving game. It took us a while to get accommodated. Overall we gained a different experience and just fell a little too far behind the eight-ball."

Senior guard Johanna Bearson led the Burros with 16 points; she was backed by sophomore center Olivia Haug with 14 and senior forward Alisa Warnes with 12.

St. Francis was led by senior guard Shaylyn Fuerstenau, with 26 points. Keeping the pressure on the LHS defense, Fuerstenau scored the first bucket for the Mariners (a trey), and helped to seal the victory at the end. She hit for five of seven of her team's final points, including another three-pointer and a pair of free throws.

Lanesboro vs. Mabel-Canton

The following day, a more familiar opponent showed up in Winona: the M-C Cougars. Lanesboro lost 41-52 in the second LHS/ Mabel-Canton meeting of the season (which will not count as a conference game).

McMillen said the Cougars were "probably the most improved team we have seen so far this year...

"I was very happy with our aggressiveness and toughness throughout the game. Again some of our younger players rose to the occasion. Cassidy Ruud played very well for her second varsity game and Olivia Rogers and Rosie Jones did things for us you can't find on the stat sheet which made the world of a difference; I was most happy with their effort. Olivia Haug, Alisa Warnes, Johanna Bearson and Chelsey Hanson competed the way I expected them too and I was very pleased with their effort."

After Mabel-Canton doubled the score on the Burros (22-11), Lanesboro reeled off 6 straight points before the half ended and then tied the contest at 24-24 early in the second period. It was a back-and-forth game for a few possessions, but Mabel-Canton held off the Burros during the last 3 to 4 minutes. The Cougars buried the last seven points of the night from the foul line to seal the victory.

Warnes led Lanesboro with 15 points. For M-C, Carly McCabe had 16, while Sara Lind (15) and Christina Welscher (10) also scored in double figures.

Up next

On Friday, Jan. 4, Lanesboro is scheduled to hit the road for Glenville-Emmons. Four days later they will play at Houston. On Jan. 11, the Burros host LeRoy-Ostrander. Lewiston-Altura visits Lanesboro on Jan. 14.

Southeast Conference 2013

GIRLS Basketball conf. season


Spring Grove * 5 - 0 5 - 5

Mabel-Canton 4 - 1 6 - 2

Hope Lutheran 3 - 2 9 - 2

Lanesboro 1 - 3 2 - 6

Houston 0 - 3 1 - 5

* defending division champion


Lyle/Pacelli 4 - 1 6 - 1

Grand Meadow 3 - 2 4 - 5

LeRoy-Ostrander * 2 - 3 3 - 7

Schaeffer Academy 1 - 4 3 - 7

Glenville-Emmons 0 - 4 1 - 5