The Burros hosted two SEC opponents and visited another last week.

Lanesboro versus Houston

LHS defeated the Hurricanes on Monday Feb. 4, 53-43.

Houston led 13-4 in the early going, with HHS center Abby scoring the first 2 buckets. Hitting both from the lane and outside the arc, she scored 11 points before Burro defenders slowed down the Hurricanes, allowing the home team to tie the game at 17-all.

LHS coach Kelly McMillen credited Kirsten Ruen and Bailey Gartner with great defensive pressure.

After a drive to the bucket by Alisa Warnes put the Burros up 20-19 later in the first half, the home team would not be caught again. They led 33-26 at the break.

"Johanna Bearson did a really nice job setting the tempo for us and getting us into our offense," McMillan said. "Overall I think this is one of the better games we have played this year."

LHS scoring included Warnes with 19 points (hitting 7 of 8 free-throws), Olivia Haug with 10, Johanna Bearson 8, Heather Boyum 5, Kirsten Ruen 5, Chelsea Hanson 5, and Bailey Gartner 2.

Haug finished her double-double with 10 rebounds and had 2 steals to boot. Ruen grabbed 7 boards and took a charge. Gartner blocked a shot, and had a steal and a rebound. She also had 4 assists with only 3 turnovers. Warnes had 3 rebounds.

Loken, a junior, led the Hurricanes with 19 points. Vanessa Lee and Bailey Proudfoot had 7 each.

Lanesboro versus Hope Lutheran

Hope Lutheran visited Lanesboro on Thursday, defeating the Burros 56-35.

An 8-point first half doomed the Burros, who couldn't seem to buy a bucket during the opening period. The Patriots scored 37 points in the first half and held on for the win despite being out-pointed 27-19 in the second period.

"We dug ourselves a really big hole to try to come out of," McMillen said. "It's not that the effort wasn't there because it definitely was, we just didn't execute very well at times."

Warnes had 11 points, 8 rebounds. Hanson had 7 points, a blocked shot, and a steal. Kaia Hongerholt had 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals. Haug added 5 points and led on the backboards with 9 rebounds. Gartner, Olivia Rogers, and Haley Leiding had 2 points each. Gartner collected 4 boards, while Rogers had 3. Kirsten Ruen had 6 defensive rebounds and one on the offensive glass, along with 3 steals.

Junior forward Tiahia Aune led the Patriots with 18 points. Jenna O'Laughlin added 11, while Dakota Ellinghuysen totaled 10.

Lanesboro at LeRoy-Ostrander

On Friday the Burros hit the road for LeRoy-Ostrander, losing 47-37.

"This was our third time playing LeRoy-Ostrander, we are very familiar with each other," McMillen noted.

The Cardinals tried to push an up-tempo game in order to score some easy buckets in transition, but the Burros managed to slow down the offense of their foes, going into the locker room only six points (15-21) behind.

Unfortunately for LHS, their own shooting faltered somewhat in the second period and L-O took advantage with two 6-0 runs.

For the night, Lanesboro went 14 for 37 from the field (37.8 percent), but hit a decent 63 percent (7 of 11) from the foul line. Other than a couple of treys by Bearson, most Burro points were scored in the paint.

"Offensively we just didn't execute very well and late in the game we seemed to have run out of gas," McMillen. "Overall though I'm proud of how the girls played."

Bearson had 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals. Warnes scored 11 points and had 5 rebounds. Haug had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Ruen scored 3 points, snagged 7 rebounds and had 2 steals. Gartner had 1 point 1 steal and 4 rebounds. Hanson grabbed 5 rebounds and had two steals.

Junior guard Laura Stevenson led Cardinal shooters with 12 points, 2 steals, and a rebound. Senior forward Anna Miller had 11 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals.

Up next

Lanesboro hosts Spring Grove on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Two nights later, the girls will play at Fillmore Central. The last regular season match takes place on Friday Feb. 15, when the Burros host Lyle/Pacelli.