Lanesboro girls endure decisive loss, overtime loss

KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER Lanesboro’s Emily Snyder races down the court last Friday night as the Burros visited the Schaeffer Academy Lions.

KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER Lexie Johnson scores two for the Burros against Schaeffer Academy last week. The Burros lost, 50-56, in overtime.
By : 
Lee Epps
News Leader

The Lanesboro girls came very close to victory while suffering a 56-50 overtime setback last Friday (Feb. 1) at Schaeffer Academy after not coming close at all the previous night at Houston, 68-22.

Both opponents displayed some impressive shooting.

The Hurricanes (10-9, 7-2 SEC) completed a conference sweep of the Burros and remained atop the SEC East Division in pursuit of a second straight conference crown.

Houston 68, LHS 22

The 22 points matched a season low for the Burros who shot a frigid 16% from the field. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes sizzled while drilling more than half of their shots (31 for 60, 52%).

LHS competed best beneath the boards, outrebounded only 32 to 27. But ball handling was a different story as the 'Canes lifted 24 steals while the Burros came away with only nine thefts.

The script was written by halftime when Houston led 39-14. LHS added only eight points after the break.

 Houston sophomore standout Emma Geiwitz poured in 30 points without the benefit of any three-point baskets; she had 22 at halftime.

Two-time all-conference guard Alyssa Rostad had a 23-point night to go with eight rebounds and seven steals.

Meanwhile, 24 Hurricane steals handcuffed the Lanesboro attack. Alida Berg led LHS scorers with eight points; Emily Snyder added four points and Lexie Johnson three with Sophie Pieper and Sophia Simes each contributing two points along with 1 from Brielle Ruen.

All 10 Burros were credited with rebounds, led by Snyder with seven.

Neither team performed well at the foul line where the 'Canes were three for 11 and the Burros three for nine.

Each team netted three three-point field goals, but the Hurricanes fired only seven times from afar while hitting more than half (28) of their 55 two-point shots.

Schaeffer 56, LHS 50 OT

After trailing at halftime 27-21, the Burros erased a 12-point deficit in the second half and forced overtime with a Snyder rebound basket with two seconds remaining in regulation.

Schaeffer sank a pair of three-point field goals and four of six free throws in the extra period while LHS added a pair of two-pointers and went 0 for 2 at the foul line.

In the final analysis, the Lions just shot too well from afar, amazingly making over half of their three-point attempts. Schaeffer finished with 12 treys and only four two-point baskets while outscoring LHS 44 to 42 from the field.

The Burros shot 21% from the field overall, including a six-for-35 (17%) result from three-point land.

The Lions hit 12 of 19 free throws (63%) while Lanesboro went eight for 16 at the line.

Three Burros scored in double figures. Snyder had a 13-point, 15-rebound double double, and Simes accounted for another 13 points while Ruen added 10, Johnson six, Berg five and Payton Benson three.

Berg also came down with 10 rebounds as all 10 Burros helped to harvest 48 boards.

Two three-point snipers did most of the damage for the Lions. Junior Beth Amundson with 22 points and Kate Arpin with 20 combined to score 42 of their team's 56 points. That pair tallied all 10 Lion points in overtime.

Both teams came in seeking a fourth win and needed an extra period before the Lions improved to 4-17 but still winless in league play at 0-11.

This was a non-conference contest; the Burros had taken the SEC game by 13 points (58-45) back in early January.

This week and next

The LHS girls (3-17, 2-8 SEC) played at state-ranked and undefeated Grand Meadow (21-0) as the News Leader was going to press on Feb. 5. They are at home versus Rushford-Peterson tonight (Thursday, Feb. 7).

The Burros host the rematch with Kingsland tomorrow (Feb. 8) and the rematch with Mabel-Canton on Monday, Feb. 11.

The regular season closes at Wabasha-Kellogg on Feb. 12.