The Lanesboro bench erupts after a key shot in a tight game against Lyle/Pacelli.
The Lanesboro bench erupts after a key shot in a tight game against Lyle/Pacelli.

The Lanesboro boys' basketball team played twice last week, taking on a Three Rivers Conference opponent before finishing up the regular season schedule against SEC West rival Lyle-Pacelli on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Lanesboro at Lewiston-Altura

On Tuesday Feb. 18, the Burros hit the road for Lewiston. The Cardinals, who play AA ball in the TRC, prevailed by a score of 91-73.

"They shot the ball extremely well as a team from the field and we had no answer for their top guard Josh Ehlenfeldt as he scored 34 points and shot 13/16 from the field," LHS coach John Smith noted.

Senior class member Ehlenfeldt may have been unstoppable, but Burro Kole Ruud gave the 'Cards more than a little trouble as well, scoring a career-high 40 points. The junior guard hit a blazing 47 percent from beyond the three point arc, canning 9 treys along the way.

"That kid can play," L-A coach Brian Menk told KFIL Radio. "We had Ehlenfeldt and others in his face - draped on him, just playing as good a defense as we could possibly play, and he'd hit threes right in our face."

Erik Peterson contributed 17 points while Isaac Freese had 10. Luke Rogers chipped in 5, and Garrett Boggs had 1 point.

Freese led LHS on the boards with 8. Ruud, Peterson and Rogers finished with 3 each. Boggs grabbed 2 off the glass.

Both teams protected the ball well despite the frenetic pace. Turnovers numbered only 10 for each club. As a team, the Cardinals out-boarded the Burros by a substantial margin, however (37-19). L-A committed more fouls (22-17), and sent Lanesboro to the line more than twice as many times (28-12). LHS wasn't able to take full advantage at the charity stripe during the exhausting match-up, hitting 57 percent of their foul shots compared to 75 percent for the Cardinals.

"Everyone played hard but we came up short as their depth wore us down defensively as the game went on," Smith said.

After two tie scores, L-A gradually widened their lead. The Cardinals enjoyed a 14 point edge at the half. That margin reached 23 in the second period before Lanesboro made a run as time ran down. With less than a minute and a half left to play Ruud hit his last trey of the night to bring Lanesboro within 10 (73-83). That was as close as the visitors got.

Besides Ehlenfeldt's heroics, senior forward Nate Reps poured in 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the home team.

Lanesboro vs. Lyle-Pacelli

Originally scheduled for Friday, the L/P game was postponed until the following afternoon. The game represented a chance for LHS to earn a share of the SEC East Division crown, but it wasn't in the cards for the home team as the Athletics won 87-81.

The Burros had beaten the Athletics in Lyle on Jan. 17 by a score of 80-56. The even-up win for the visitors secured second place for L/P in the SEC West, and knocked Lanesboro out of a tie finish for first in the East.

"It was a disappointing loss for the boys, losing out on a chance to be co-conference champions with Spring Grove," Smith said. "Each team played hard and played a good game. Lyle-Pacelli shot extremely well from the field and their two top players played extremely well for them."

Senior guard Skylar Meyer led the Athletics with 34 points. Senior guard David Diang added 29, while sophomore guard Jordan Hart was also in double figures with 14.

Fifteen empty possessions due to turnovers hurt the Burros, Smith said. The Athletics were very stingy with giveaways, totaling only six turnovers during the entire game.

"Kole Ruud continued to shoot well scoring 33 points and hopefully we can get Garrett Boggs and Daulton Gartner back healthy for our start of sub-section play," Smith added. Both of those injured players are key producers, with Boggs starting at guard and Gartner coming off the bench as the sixth man, a leading rebounder and often a top scorer as well.

Ruud was joined once again by Peterson and Rogers in scoring from the perimeter. Peterson hit 4 of 10 treys on the way towards 21 points. Rogers sank 5 of 11 from downtown, finishing with 19.

Isaac Freese scored 8 points and had a team-high 12 rebounds. Gartner grabbed 5 boards during the minutes he spent on the floor. Rogers had 4 defensive rebounds. Peterson and Ruud had 3 rebounds each. LHS won the battle of the boards overall with 27, while L/P totaled 22.

Lanesboro shot a perfect 10 for 10 from the foul line, but the Athletics made twice as many trips to the charity stripe on shooting fouls. They hit 14 of 20. LHS scored 45 points from three-point territory, but L/P made up for that by canning exactly twice as many shots from two-point range. The Athletics managed to outscore the Burros by two points from the field by hitting 65 percent of their twos, and limiting Lanesboro to 50 percent.

Tournament action:

LHS won the No. 2 seeding in the Section 1A East tournament. The Burros swing into action on their home court on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Their opponent will be the winner of the No. 7 Mabel-Canton vs. No. 10 Houston play-in game held Feb. 26. The semifinal round moves to Mayo Auditorium on March 4. A likely opponent could be No. 3 Spring Grove. The subsection finals are March 9 at the same venue.

Southeast Conference 2013

End regular season

BOYS Basketball conf. season


Spring Grove* 17 -1 20 - 6

Lanesboro 16 -2 17 - 7

Mabel-Canton 6 -12 6 -19

Hope Lutheran 5 -13 9 -15

Houston 2 -16 2 -23

*division champions


Grand Meadow* 14 - 4 16 - 9

Lyle/Pacelli 12 - 6 14 -11

Schaeffer Academy 11 - 7 14 -10

Glenville-Emmons* 4 -14 5 -20

LeRoy-Ostrander 3 -15 5 -21