Lanesboro’s Collin Scott faces off against Mabel-Canton’s Joe Wathier during last Monday’s game in Mabel. Also shown is Burro Layton Howerton (31). Lanesboro took home the win.  HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Lanesboro’s Collin Scott faces off against Mabel-Canton’s Joe Wathier during last Monday’s game in Mabel. Also shown is Burro Layton Howerton (31). Lanesboro took home the win. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Lanesboro's dynamic duo of senior shooters each reached a milestone last week - Kole Ruud set the school scoring record and Luke Rogers surpassed 1,000 points - as the Burros went 3-0 in conference play.

Lanesboro at Mabel-Canton

On Monday, Feb. 3, senior guard Ruud scored 41 points, helping the Burros defeat M-C 80-57. That boosted his career-scoring total to 1,449, breaking the all-time school record that Braden Hansen set in 2012 (1,430).

Ruud wound up hitting five of seven triples, five of nine from two point territory, and 16 of 18 from the foul line. He also had six rebounds and four assists.

The score was just about even (23-21 LHS) midway through the first period, but Lanesboro managed to separate from their hosts (44-35) at intermission and then held the Cougars to 22 second-half points.

Senior forward Rogers had a double-double with 18 points, 10 defensive rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a blocked shot. He also took two charges.

Tylar Miller came off the bench for nine points, two rebounds, a steal, and an assist. Liam Dorn added six points, five boards, and an assist. Eric Holst, Layton Howerton, and Zach Voeltz scored two points each. Matthew Luck had three rebounds and two assists.

Overall, the Burros shot 77 percent from the foul line (24 of 31), while sending the Cougars to the charity stripe 10 fewer times. M-C scored only 11 points on those 21 chances. Rebounding was a dead heat - 31 for each team. Turnovers were not an issue, with 14 being given up by LHS and 12 by M-C. The Burros totaled 15 assists to 10 for the Cougars.

Once again, Ruud's impact from beyond the arc and at the free throw line was significant. LHS got 18 points (six of 14) from trey tries, while M-C had to settle for six (two of 15). Two-point scoring was essentially even (20 for M-C and 19 for LHS).

Hunter Johnson and Noah Manning led the Cougars with 17 points each. Both players came down with six caroms, as did Donnie Lind.

Lanesboro at Glenville-Emmons

Ruud hit six more triples on Thursday, as Lanesboro defeated Glenville-Emmons 76-47.

Rogers topped 1,000 career points, arriving with 984 and leaving at 1,003. Those 19 points included a trey, eight of 13 two-point tries, and nine of 18 at the line. He also had eight rebounds, blocked two shots, lifted three steals and dished for an assist.

Ruud led all scorers with 27 points, five rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Holst had six points and three boards. Dorn and Voeltz had five points each. Dorn led the team in rebounds, with 12, and got two steals. Voeltz added a rebound and a steal as well. Cole Schwichenberg had four points and a rebound. Miller had four boards, three assists, and two points. Garrett Boggs dished for two assists, grabbed two rebounds, and scored two points.

Lanesboro opened up a 9-2 lead, but the Wolverines tied the game at 11-11, 13-13, and then took a brief 15-13 lead on a transition bucket by Christian Voss. A pair of treys by Ruud and a triple by Voeltz helped LHS answer with a 16-2 run, and the Burros never looked back.

Lanesboro held a 38-23 backboard advantage, and forced more turnovers (19) than they gave up (13). LHS also totaled three times as many free throws (nine of 16) as G-E (three of 7).

Derek Van Ryswyk led the Wolverines with a 12 point (including three treys), 11 rebound double double. Aaron Dempewolf added seven points while Voss poured in six.

Lanesboro at Hope Lutheran

On Saturday, LHS visited Hope Lutheran, winning 62-44.

A 33-24 rebounding advantage, along with fewer turnovers (10-13) gave the Burros less empty possessions. Lanesboro also shot better from the perimeter, closer in, and at the foul line.

Even though the Patriots launched more shots from beyond the arc, they totaled only 12 points from triples. The Burros canned seven for 21 points.

Lanesboro defenders were also stingy in sending Hope to the foul line. The Patriots hit four of 10, while LHS netted seven of 13 free throws.

Ruud had 31 points, four rebounds, three steals, and three assists. Boggs added 10 points, five boards, three steals, and two assists. Rogers and Schwichenberg had six points each. Rogers also had six rebounds, two assists, and a blocked shot. Dorn had eight rebounds, took a charge, lifted a steal, and passed for an assist. He also scored four points. Voeltz scored five, grabbed four boards, and snagged two steals.

Hope was led by Jason Klug, with 16 points. Andrew Fratzke added 12, while eighth-grader Josiah Sandcork had nine (all three-point shots).

Up next

On Monday, Feb. 10, the Burros host Rushford-Peterson. The following night, Mabel-Canton comes to town. On Friday, LHS travels to Lyle/Pacelli.

The section tournament begins Tuesday, Feb. 18, with the four lowest seeds facing off and continues on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the site of the four highest seeds, which had byes in the first round. The semifinals are Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Mayo Civic Auditorium and the Section 1A East title game is Saturday, March 1, at 11 a.m. Seeding hadn't been set before press time.