Lanesboro's Erik Peterson goes up strong to the basket vs. Mabel-Canton.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->PHOTOS BY CHRIS OLSON/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
Lanesboro's Erik Peterson goes up strong to the basket vs. Mabel-Canton.

PHOTOS BY CHRIS OLSON/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
The Burros began their post-season run on Thursday, Feb. 28. As the No. 2 seed in Section 1A East play, LHS played host to No. 7 Mabel-Canton in the subsection quarterfinals.

Quarterfinals

The Burros defeated Mabel-Canton 82-49 in a game that was a bit closer than the score indicates.

Fueled by seven of their signature three-balls, Lanesboro streaked out to a 25-7 lead eight minutes into the contest, but the Cougars clawed back to within four (34-30) at the break. That's when the shots stopped falling for M-C.

"It was a nice opening round win," LHS coach John Smith said. "The first half consisted of each team having a good run. We started out shooting well and playing well defensively but M-C finished the half strong creating some turn-overs against us..."

The second half was frustrating for Cougar shooters, as the basket seemed to suddenly have a lid nailed on. "We shot 37 percent to their 41 percent in the first half," M-C coach Doug Wyffels noted. "In the second period, Lanesboro shot 60 percent to our 24 percent."

The Burros also did a better job on the defensive boards in the second period, Smith said. That severely limited second chances for the Cougars.

On the night, the Burros made 15 of 29 trey attempts (51 percent). Mabel-Canton hit 8 of 32 from beyond the arc (25 percent). Free throws were not a factor. Lanesboro only stepped to the line 9 times, hitting 5. M-C visited the charity stripe even less, sinking 3 of 4 tries.

Kole Ruud led all scorers with 29 points. The junior guard also had 4 steals and 6 assists. Classmate Luke Rogers contributed 22 points, canning 6 of 12 three-point tries. He led the Burros in glass cleaning with 11 rebounds, earning another double-double.

Erik Peterson scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, lifted 4 steals and passed for 5 assists with only 3 turnovers. Daulton Gartner hit the double-double mark on the button with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He was also credited with 2 blocked shots. Isaac Freese scored 4 points and snagged 8 rebounds. Matthew Luck and Zach Voeltz scored 3 points each.

Junior guards Noah Manning and Hunter Johnson scored 15 points each for M-C. Both hit some big three-pointers during the Cougars' run in the latter part of the first period.

The battle of the boards went to LHS by a 38-27 margin.

"We were again without starter Garret Boggs but the other boys all stepped up and played well," Smith said. "Daulton Gartner played very well again coming off his injury (of last week)..."

M-C finishes with a record of 7-20 for the season.

Semifinals

For the Burros, the semifinals featured a third match with third seed Spring Grove. As this issue went to press, they won that game by a score of 80-59, and will face Rushford-Peterson in the subsection finals on March 9. See next week's Republican-Leader for a complete report on both games.