The Burros began conference play on Dec. 3 with a trip to Houston. Two days later they traveled to Lewiston-Altura, then finished the week with a game on Friday at Grand Meadow.

Lanesboro at Houston

After falling behind 27-12 at the half, LHS came roaring back in the second period and made a nail-biter out of the game. The Burros outscored the Hurricanes 41-29 after the break, coming up just short of the home team, 53-56.

"We found out a lot about ourselves this game I think, and what we are capable of," Lanesboro coach Kelly McMillen said. "We decided we needed to pressure the ball more and play with more urgency and that really helped us get back in the game. A lot of credit goes to the girls for never throwing in the towel."

LHS steadily edged towards the Hurricanes during the second period, but finally ran out of clock.

Junior center Olivia Haug was a force all over the court. She scored 23 points, had 11 steals, came down with 9 rebounds, and blocked 2 shots.

Junior guard Kelsey O'Koren scored 12 points. Cassidy Ruud hit for 10 points and grabbed 3 rebounds.

Senior Abbey Loken led the Hurricanes with 22 points, 10 rebounds. Sophomore Anna Sweet added 9 points and had a team-high 6 steals.

Lanesboro at Lewiston-Altura

The Burros dropped another fairly close game at Three Rivers Conference (Class AA) Lewiston-Altura, 43-55.

The Cardinals led by only one bucket (27-24) at the half. Unfortunately for the visitors, a few extra turnovers and good rebounding by L-A down the stretch gave the home team the edge.

Haug led again, recording a double-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals. Ruud scored 6 points, got 3 boards, and had 2 steals. Haley Polin added 5 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.

Emilia Schindeldecker led the Cardinals with 22 points. Blair Schilling poured in 14.

Lanesboro at Grand Meadow

LHS was defeated on Dec. 6 at GM 50-74.

"We ran our offense very well," McMillen noted. "We just gave up too many fast-break points and second chance points in the last five minutes of the first half...

That stretch saw the Superlarks go ahead 40-19, a gap that LHS was not able to close.

Haug led with 12 points, 11 boards, and 3 steals. Olivia Rogers scored 9 points, blocked 2 shots and grabbed 3 rebounds. Ruud added 5 points, as did Rosie Jones. Kaia Hongerholt had 4 points and 4 rebounds.

Junior guard Rachel Oehlke led the Larks with 25 points, eight steals and five assists. Sophomore center Rio Landers added 21 points and snagged 8 rebounds.

GM sank 69 percent of its free throw attempts (20 for 29).

Up next:

Lanesboro played at Rushford-Peterson on Monday, Dec. 9. The following evening the Burros were scheduled to head for Schaeffer Academy. Spring Grove visits LHS one week later, on Dec. 17.