Lanesboro's Bailey Gartner drives against Spring Grove defender Lauren Arneson.
Lanesboro's Bailey Gartner drives against Spring Grove defender Lauren Arneson.
Three games in five days were unkind to the Lady Burros, who finished the week with a 0-3 record.

Lanesboro at Houston

In an overtime match, the Burros came up short versus the Hurricanes on Monday, 74-82.

"This was a good game for us," Lanesboro coach Kelly McMillen reported. "We did a lot of things well offensively, and just had some lapses defensively. The score was back and forth toward the end of the game and with twenty three seconds left we were down four points and were able to rally to tie the game with 8 seconds remaining in the final period. We jumped out to an early lead in overtime but it soon dwindled. Overall I was very happy with our offensive execution and just need to fix a few things on defense."

Lanesboro trailed 32-27 at the half. A pair of clutch free throws by Johanna Bearson and a field goal by Alisa Warnes sent the game into overtime, 66-all. After a brief lead from a bucket by Warnes, the Hurricanes took charge and sealed the game with a two-point bucket from freshman Courtney Johnson and free throws from freshman guard Anna Sweet and junior center Abby Loken.

Johanna Bearson led the Burros with 22 points, 4 rebounds. Alisa Warnes had 12 points and 8 boards. Kaia Hongerholt had 10 points, 6 rebounds. Heather Boyum scored 9 points and grabbed 2 rebounds. Olivia Haug had 7 points and 5 boards.

Loken led the Hurricanes with 28 points and 15 rebounds.

Lanesboro at Spring Grove

The Burros were defeated 31-91 on Thursday by SEC-East leading Spring Grove.

Spring Grove hit 68 percent in the first half (a record), and scored 67 points before the break, finishing with a program record 60 percent from the field on the night. Despite scoring only six points in the final nine minutes of mercy-rule running time the Lions still matched another program record, totaling 91 points.

Unfortunately for Lanesboro, Spring Grove shot well from everywhere - including 55 percent from three-point range (6 for 11) and 71 percent from the foul line (15 for 21), both season-highs.

The Burros shot 25 percent from the field and missed most of their free throws (10 for 25, 40 percent). They got off to a rocky start by committing 23 of their 26 turnovers in the first half.

The Lions were already up 30-11 when they hit 12 of their next 13 shots, including a pair of treys from Randi Mehus.

"It's just hard to come back from a team who is shooting so well," McMillen noted. "Spring Grove shot the lights out."

Haug came down with a game-high 9 rebounds and scored 7 points for the Burros, while Hongerholt led LHS scoring with 10 points. Bearson had 7 points, while Kirsten Ruen and Chelsea Hanson contributed 3 points each.

Mehus had 19 points for the Lions. Addison Cross put in another 19 points along with a career-best 7 assists. Julianna Sand had 15 points. Nicki Ellingson, the fourth Lion in double figures, scored 14 points.

Spring Grove doubled up the Burros on the backboards, 40 rebounds to 20.

Lanesboro vs. LeRoy-Ostrander

The Western Division Cardinals managed to outscore the Burros in Lanesboro, 61-51 Friday.

L-O led 23-19 at the half, but Lanesboro battled back in the second period to lead 42-41. That's when the Cardinals finished the game on a 20-9 run.

Lanesboro outrebounded L-O 50-33. Turnovers were almost even during the first half of play, with LHS losing the ball 9 times to 8 for the visitors. However, the Cardinals forced more turnovers in the second period, with the Burros giving up the ball 15 times to 5 for L-O.

Warnes was named the LHS Player of the Game by KFIL, finishing with 18 points. Hanson came off the bench with 8. Bailey Gartner added 7 to the total, while Haug and Bearson had 5 each.

Warnes also led the team in rebounding, snagging 11 boards. Haug had 8 rebounds, while Gartner had 7. Ruen and Bearson had 5 each.

Junior forward Becca Bunne led the Cardinals with 17 points. Senior guard Jessica Jennings added 15 to the total. Bunne was named the KFIL Player of the Game for L-O, while Jennings received the Game Ball Award.

"I couldn't have been more proud with how hard the girls worked tonight," McMillen said. "We didn't execute that well offensively down the stretch but we did some great things in the game. Defensively we had a few missed assignments that contributed to their comeback but all of them are fixable things. The one thing you can't really fix is effort and the girls never quit, we keep talking about being ready for playoffs and I think we are on our way there."

Up next

The Burros hosted Lewiston-Altura on Monday Jan. 14, losing 36-47. Look for full details in next week's Republican-Leader. The following night, the team traveled to Lyle/Pacelli. On Friday, Jan. 18, the girls host Grand Meadow. Monday, Jan. 21, will be a road game at Mabel-Canton.

Southeast Conference 2013

GIRLS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove * 8 - 0 9 - 6

Hope Lutheran 5 - 3 11 - 3

Mabel-Canton 4 - 3 8 - 4

Houston 2 - 5 3 - 8

Lanesboro 2 - 6 3 - 10

* defending division champion

WEST DIVISION

Lyle/Pacelli 6 - 1 11- 1

Grand Meadow 6 - 2 7 - 6

LeRoy-Ostrander * 4 - 4 5 - 8

Schaeffer Academy 1 - 7 4 -10

Glenville-Emmons 0 - 7 1 - 9