On Friday, Dec 7, the Lanesboro girls' basketball team traveled to Grand Meadow. The Burros came up short in the contest, 53-43.

Things started well enough for Lanesboro, as the visitors led 12-2 six minutes into the contest.

Field goal shooting was cold by both teams. Lanesboro attempted 45 two-point buckets, hitting only 16. The Burros also hit 1 of 5 from beyond the arc. GM had similar trouble, hitting 13 of 41 two-point field goals, and 2 of 7 treys.

The difference in the game was foul trouble. GM scored freely at the charity stripe, while four Burros fouled out. Lanesboro coach Kelly McMillen said Lanesboro was called for 40 fouls. GM coach Dawn Baudoin tallied 19 for the Superlarks. That difference not only benched LHS starters, but sent the Superlarks to the line for nearly twice as many attempts (37-20). They made 21 free throws, compared to 8 for the Burros.

Turnovers were even at 21-each. The 'Larks held a slight advantage on the boards (26-24), while the Burros led in steals, 10-8.

The Burros took a 30-24 lead into the locker room, but an 11-5 GM run tied the score with 6:13 left to play. G-M took a slim lead, and then reeled off the last six points in the contest, shutting down the LHS offense from the 3:10 mark on.

McMillen said the 'Larks took advantage when his starters had to sit because of whistles. With about 10 minutes to play, Lanesboro was up 38-32. That's when five quick fouls took their toll, sending Burro starters to the bench. It was all GM needed to get back into the contest.

"We have a very young team and learning to play with our feet instead of our hands is a process," McMillen added. "Grand Meadow has a very good team and are very well coached; it was a very good test for us."

Senior guard Johanna Bearson led the Burros with 12 points, 2 rebounds and a steal. Olivia Haug battled on the boards, nabbing 13 defensive and 3 offensive rebounds. She also added 5 points.

For G-M, senior guard Audra Durham had 19 points. Freshman center Rio Landers added 14.

Up next:

The Burros were set to host Hope Lutheran on Tuesday. On Saturday, they play another home game, taking on Schaeffer Academy.

Southeast Conference 2013

GIRLS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove * 3 - 0 3 - 2

Hope Lutheran 2 - 0 5 - 0

Mabel-Canton 2 - 1 2 - 1

Houston 0 - 1 0 - 1

Lanesboro 0 - 2 1 - 3

* defending division champion

WEST DIVISION

Grand Meadow 2 - 0 2 - 1

Lyle/Pacelli 2 - 1 3 - 1

Schaeffer Academy 1 - 2 1 - 3

Glenville-Emmons 0 - 2 0 - 3

LeRoy-Ostrander * 0 - 3 0 - 5