A pair of home contests tested the Burros last week, with a loss to Hope Lutheran on Tuesday and a nail-biter win on Saturday.

Lanesboro vs. Hope Lutheran

The Burros came up short against the Patriots on Dec. 11, falling 45-58. After trailing 13-10 in the early going, LHS went through a scoring drought that lasted until halftime, with Hope Lutheran running off 22 unanswered points. It was a hole the Burros weren't able to dig out of.

Sophomore guard Bailey Gartner led the Lanesboro girls with 11 points. She helped the Burros stage a couple of second-half runs, bringing the team to within 9 points of Hope. But in spite of out-scoring the Patriots 35-23 in the second period, the Burros couldn't catch the visitors.

The last 10 points in the game occurred at the charity stripe. On the night, HL outscored LHS 17-5 from the line, nearly the margin of victory. From the field, the Burros hit only 25 percent during the first period, improving to 44 percent in the second half. Working the ball into the paint, LHS attempted nearly four-fifths of their shots from two-point territory. Trey attempts netted only 2 of 10 for the Burros.

Besides scoring in double figures, Gartner nabbed 4 steals, 3 rebounds, and blocked a shot. Johanna Bearson and Alisa Warnes scored 8 points each. Warnes led the team in boards, with 7, and had 2 steals. Bearson added 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Junior guard Chelsey Hanson chipped in 5 points and 4 rebounds. Sophomore center Olivia Haug had 5 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Senior forward Kirsten Ruen scored 4 points, snagged 2 rebounds and a steal, and contributed 2 assists.

For the Patriots, junior forward Dakota Ellinghuysen led with 22 points. Hope Lutheran moved to 7-0 on the season, while LHS dropped to 1-4.

Lanesboro vs. Schaeffer Academy

On Saturday, Dec. 15, LHS hosted Schaeffer Academy, winning 53-47 in overtime.

The Burros came out ready to play. Haug took the opening offensive rebound, adding a put-back for the first points of the game. She ended up leading the team in boards with 16, (7 defensive and 9 offensive) and 5 points. LHS later jumped to a 15-5 lead on another put-back, this time by Bailey Gartner (7 points, 6 rebounds).

The Lions fought back and led 22-19 at the half. The visitors held on to narrow margins throughout the second half, and Lanesboro trailed 39-43 as the final two minutes ticked off. Bearson made a free throw to cut the lead to three, and then shot from beyond the arc with six seconds to go to send the game into overtime, 43-43.

SA took the lead in OT when Jarika Tuohimaa sank a free throw to open the period. Bearson answered with a drive to the basket that put LHS up for good, with some notable help from Alisa Warnes, who led all scorers in the extra period with 7 points.

Warnes also led the Burros in buckets on the night, scoring a double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds. Bearson scored 13 points and hauled in 4 rebounds. Ruen scored 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

"When we went into overtime, Johanna and Alisa really took over for us," coach Kelly McMillen said. "Alisa crashed the boards, and so did Olivia Haug. We made some shots and made some freethrows. We got lucky that it went our way, in a lot of respects. It was just a good effort by both teams.

"It's a confidence-booster. I think we're starting to figure out how we want to get after things... It's a fun group."

Senior forward Melanie Murray led the Lions with 18 points. Classmate and fellow forward Nicole Arpin scored 16, including a three-pointer.

Up next

LHS travels to Spring Grove on Friday, Dec. 21. During winter vacation, the girls are scheduled to play in the Winona Holiday Tournament.

Southeast Conference 2013

GIRLS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove * 5 - 0 5 - 2

Mabel-Canton 4 - 1 4 - 1

Hope Lutheran 3 - 1 7 - 1

Lanesboro 1 - 3 2 - 4

Houston 0 - 3 0 - 3

* defending division champion

WEST DIVISION

Lyle/Pacelli 4 - 1 6 - 1

Grand Meadow 2 - 2 2 - 3

LeRoy-Ostrander * 2 - 3 2 - 5

Schaeffer Academy 1 - 4 1 - 6

Glenville-Emmons 0 - 4 0 - 5