Josie Semmen controls the ball as a Glenville-Emmons player puts on the pressure. The Burros got the win, 49-27.
Josie Semmen controls the ball as a Glenville-Emmons player puts on the pressure. The Burros got the win, 49-27. KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER

The Lanesboro girls broke a long 13-game losing streak with a well-deserved 49-27 win on their home floor against Glenville-Emmons in a non-conference matchup with an SEC opponent on Jan. 29.

The level of competition stepped up tremendously as the Burros took on the state's No. 1-ranked team in Class A, Lyle/Pacelli (20-1, 11-0 SEC), in Lanesboro on Feb. 1. It was reflected in the final score as the Athletics beat the Burros 60-13.

Win vs. G-E, 49-27

The game started off well for the Burros as they scored 28 points in the first half, easily one of their higher-scoring halves of basketball this season.

Three-point shooting was a big key to the hot start as LHS sank six treys in the first half. Payton Benson was a sparkplug as she hit four of those three-pointers, and Lexie Johnson added two from long range.

Extending their 28-15 halftime lead, the Burros took the second half 21-12 to earn their third win of the season and second against the Wolverines. LHS won their SEC game in the season opener at G-E, 54-42.

Three Burros finished the night in double figures with 17 points from Benson, who netted five field goals outside the three-point line.

Johnson added 12 points (two treys), a team-high seven steals and five rebounds with Emily Snyder chipping in 11 points (team-high four assists, six rebounds, six steals).

Junior Daniela Rizo and sophomore Chloe Anderson led the Wolverines with nine points each.

The Burros shot 18 for 62 on the night (30%), including 7 for 24 outside the arc (30%). Lanesboro was also six of 10 from the free throw line. They also did a better job of sharing the basketball with 10 team assists.

The Burros worked hard on the boards, grabbing a total of 33 rebounds, including an impressive 18 on the offensive end. Bailey Ruen was the top Burro with 10 rebounds.

The Burro girls finished with 26 turnovers on the night but made up for it on the defensive end with 27 steals of their own.

Both teams left with identical records of 3-14 (2-7 SEC).

Loss to L/P, 60-13

Lyle/Pacelli won its 13th-straight game and it’s 89th straight conference contest. The Athletics, talented from top-to-bottom, held the Burros scoreless for the first 15 minutes of the game. L/P went into halftime at Lanesboro with a 38-4 lead.

The A’s were a two-point field goal away from four players in double figures. Kristi Fett had an outstanding game with 22 points to lead all scorers. Olivia Christianson added 14 points, Abby Bollingberg 11 and Lucy Nelson eight.

The Burros couldn’t mount much offense against the L/P defense, finishing only five of 37 from the field. LHS was two for five from the free throw line. Benson led the Burros with five points, and Johnson added four.

Lanesboro finished with 20 rebounds (seven offensive) and six steals while turning it over seven times.


The Burros (3-16, 2-9 SEC) kicked off the week with a 52-31 SEC loss at Schaeffer Academy on Monday, Feb. 5. Complete coverage will be in next week's News Leader.

The girls return home on Friday, Feb. 9, to face Grand Meadow in a conference game with the Superlarks looking for a sweep of the season series.

Saturday, LHS will be on the road to Minneapolis for a game with Randolph in the Target Center at 4:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Burros seek a season sweep as they head to LeRoy-Ostrander for a non-conference matchup against their conference foe.

Southeast Conference Girls

through Monday, Feb. 5 games


Houston………...8-2 (18-3 all)

Schaeffer Aca…. 5-6 (13-9 all)

Mabel-Canton….4-5 (6-14 all)

Spring Grove…...4-6 (8-11 all)

Lanesboro……....2-9 (3-16 all)


Lyle/Pacelli……….12-0 (21-1 all)

Grand Meadow….. 9-2 (18-4 all)

Randolph………….6-3 (15-6 all)

Glenville-Emmons..2-9 (3-16 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander…0-10 (0-20 all)