The Lanesboro bench reacts to a good play on the floor in a game against Spring Grove.   PHOTOS BY CHRIS OLSON/REPUBLICAN-LEADER
The Lanesboro bench reacts to a good play on the floor in a game against Spring Grove. PHOTOS BY CHRIS OLSON/REPUBLICAN-LEADER
The Burro girls played three games in five days last week, then learned of their sub-section tourney plans the next day.

Lanesboro versus Spring Grove

Lanesboro hosted conference champs Spring Grove on Tuesday, Feb. 12, coming up short by a score of 73-49.

"This was a good game for us and easily the best we have played defensively and cohesively all year," LHS coach Kelly McMillen said. "We were very happy with our intensity and the way we attacked the basket."

Lanesboro scored the first five points and led for the first four and a half minutes. Then the Lion defense forced a steady flow of LHS turnovers during a 20-4 Lion run. The Burros, down 34-23 at halftime, were still down by the same margin until the Lions put the game away with a 15-2 run. Spring Grove led 57-33 halfway through the second half and would lead late by as many as 30 points.

The greatest improvement for Lanesboro over their earlier game with SG was on the backboards. After being outrebounded by 20 in January, the Burros had a 36 to 35 edge in the rematch. It was only the seventh time in 25 games that the Lions did not win the battle of the boards.

Sophomore center Olivia Haug led LHS with a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double.

Johanna Bearson and Kaia Hongerholt had 6 points each. Bailey Gartner, Alisa Warnes and Kirsten Ruen finished with 4 points apiece. Chelsea Hanson scored 3 points, Olivia Rogers 2, Haley Leiding 2, and Rosie Jones 1.

Other rebound leaders were Bearson with 4, and Warnes, Hongerholt and Ruen, with 3 apiece.

While Burro rebounding improved, ball handling did not. Spring Grove won with defense. Twenty-one Lion steals contributed to 29 Burro turnovers. SG only lost possession 16 times while passing out 18 assists.

The Lions shot a season-best 82 percent (9 of 11) at the foul line while the Burros hit 7 of 18 free throws (39 percent).

Spring Grove shot 41 percent from the field, far below their season-high 60 percent versus the Burros in January. LHS shooting improved to 38 percent shooting success as they bettered their earlier 60-point loss to the Lions.

Four Lions scored in double figures with Samantha Bratland posting a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double along with a career-high 6 steals. Randi Mehus had game-highs with both 18 points and 7 assists. She also lifted 4 steals. Nicki Ellingson battled early foul problems but finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Addison Cross added 11 points and 4 assists.

Lanesboro at Fillmore Central

Lanesboro was edged 53-47 by the Falcons two nights later.

"This was a very physical game which we were not ready for and FC was," McMillen noted. "All the credit in the world goes to Sarah Tollefsrud. She has her girls playing well and Morgan Malley is a heck of a player. We just came out flat and they jumped all over us."

The Burros trailed 28-16 at the half. Down 51-35 late in the contest, they staged a 12-2 run as time expired.

Warnes, Haug and Bearson each scored 10 points. Ruen had 9, Hanson 3, Hongerholt 2, and Boyum 1.

Haug completed her double-double with 11 rebounds. She also had a steal and earned a hustle point. Hongerholt had 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Ruen had 6 boards as well. Bearson had 2 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block. Warnes had 5 rebounds and took a charge. Hanson had 3 assists.

The Burros had more opportunities at the charity stripe but only took advantage of about half (12 of 22). Fillmore Central hit 7 of 9 from the foul line.

Sophomore guard Morgan Malley scored 25 points for the Falcons. Forward Leah Scheevel snagged 7 rebounds.

Lanesboro versus Lyle/Pacelli

The Burros' final regular season game took place in Lanesboro on Friday. Lyle/Pacelli won the contest, 68-31.

"Lyle is playing so well right now and they are all so young," McMillen noted. "(But) we handled their press fairly well and did some great things."

Lanesboro did a good job of breaking the press and passing, but the shots "just weren't falling" for the Burros, the LHS coach said.

Haug led LHS in scoring. She had 11 points and 4 rebounds. Hanson hit for 7 points and 3 rebounds. Bearson added 5 points and 4 boards. Boyum chipped in 4 points and grabbed 2 rebounds. Ruen battled on the backboards, getting 7 rebounds and scoring 2 points. Hongerholt was also working hard on the glass. She had 5 rebounds and 2 points.

"LP was just too much for us though; they are all fairly good shooters and attack the basket so well," McMillen said. "It was a good effort and hopefully it carries through into the playoffs."

Leading scorers for the Athletics were junior guard Ann Rysavy with 20 points, freshman guard Courtney Walter with 18, and freshman forward Sarah Holtz, who had 17 points, 12 rebounds.

The visitors led 39-23 at the half, and held Lanesboro to single figures during the second period.

Up next

Burro fans will have the opportunity to attend one more home game. Seeded at No. 8 in the 1A East sub-section, Lanesboro opens play hosting No. 9 Schaeffer Academy on Tuesday, Feb. 19. "We're very excited to have a play-in game against Schaeffer who we have had two fairly close games with this year," McMillen said. "They bring a lot of things to the table; they are long and fast and will be a challenge for us defensively and offensively. If we come out and execute we will be all right."

The winner of that game will take on top seed Rushford-Peterson in Rushford two nights later. The semi-final round takes place the following Monday at Mayo Auditorium.

Southeast Conference 2013

GIRLS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove * 18 - 0 20 - 6

Hope Lutheran 10 - 8 17 - 8

Mabel-Canton 9 - 9 13 -12

Lanesboro 6 -12 7 -18

Houston 4 -14 5 -18

* division champion

WEST DIVISION

Lyle/Pacelli* 16 - 2 22 - 3

Grand Meadow 13 - 5 15 -10

LeRoy-Ostrander 11 - 7 12 -13

Schaeffer Acad 3 -15 6 -18

G-E 0 -18 1 -23