Andrew Luck scores two of his 15 points against Spring Grove with Brady Johnson ready to rebound. Luck led Lanesboro scoring in both games last week.
Andrew Luck scores two of his 15 points against Spring Grove with Brady Johnson ready to rebound. Luck led Lanesboro scoring in both games last week. EPPS/NEWS LEADER

The Lanesboro boys basketball team dropped the final two games of the regular season, dropping its final home game against Lyle/Pacelli, 75-64, in a non-conference game against a fellow SEC member on Thursday, Feb. 22.

The next night, LHS had a tough assignment in closing out the regular season at East Division champion Spring Grove, which won its 60th-straight conference game, 81-44.

The Burros finished a rebuilding campaign at 2-23 overall (1-12 SEC) and headed off to the Section 1A Tournament, opening at Hayfield for a play-in game as this edition went to press on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Loss to L/P, 75-64

The second half would turn out to be the difference in the ballgame, which was a tight one throughout the first half, which featured four lead changes and six tie-scores. The final tie of the half was at 18-all after which the Cardinals went on an 18-9 run to take a 36-27 lead into halftime.

The Burro offense went cold in the second half when they were outscored 39-19, dropping the game by 11 points.

The Athletics (14-10, 6-7 SEC) sank 26 field goals to 10 for the Burros. LHS was very competitive outside the three-point arc, hitting eight of 35 attempts (22%) while the A’s also hit eight treys in 22 attempts (36%).

L/P also had a nine-point advantage at the free throw line, draining 15 of 20 attempts (75%) while the Burros were six of 10 (60%).

Andrew Luck led the Burros with 15 points, and Carson Schwichtenberg chipped in 11 points (three treys).

The Athletics put four players in double figures, led by senior guard Joseph Mass with 17 points. Trinity Anderson scored 16 points, Jed Nelson added 15 points, and exchange student Frederico Pulgarin put in 14.

How good was the Lyle/Pacelli offense? The Athletics hit nearly half the shots they took, going 26 of 54 from the field (48%). The A’s interior defense was good, allowing the Burros to hit only two two-point field goals all night.

The Burros outrebounded L/P 33-30, including 12 on the offensive end. Schwichtenberg led the team with nine rebounds, and Luck grabbed seven boards.

LHS finished with 16 turnovers, eight coming from Athletic steals. The A’s didn’t give the Burros a lot of extra opportunities either as the Lanesboro defense only came away with three steals of its own.

L/P had prevailed 75-51 when the teams played their SEC game in early January.

Loss at SG, 81-44

While Spring Grove came out with its 10th-straight win against Lanesboro, Spring Grove head coach Wade Grinde told KFIL radio that the Burros had come a long way since their earlier 82-36 loss at home against the Lions. During the rematch, LHS shot better overall (44%) and from three-point range and handled the ball better (seven fewer turnovers) against the Lion defense, avoiding another flood of Spring Grove fast breaks.

While the final scores came out similar, unlike the January game — when Spring Grove led by 17 points at halftime — the 2-win Burros were still in the game at halftime against the 20-win Lions in the season finale for both teams. The Burros were within three points (30-27) before the Lions added five points to take a 35-27 lead at halftime. After the break, the Burro offense cooled off.

The Lions (21-5, 13-0 SEC) opened the second half with an 18-2 run and were never threatened. After shooting a sizzling 52% in the first half, the Burros dropped off to 33% after halftime. LHS hit five of 11 treys in the first half before dropping off to 0 for 8 outside the arc after halftime.

Luck led the Burros in scoring with 17 points and Schwichtenberg added 13 points to go with five assists.

The LHS offense was outscored by 21 points outside the arc as the Lions were 12 of 39 from long-distance (39%). Spring Grove guard Alex Folz hit six of 11 triples while scoring a game-high 24 points and dished out a game-high eight assists. Ethan Matzke added 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

The Burros lost the turnover battle, committing 19 miscues, eight as a result of Spring Grove steals. The Burros could only come away with four steals as the Lions only committed seven turnovers all night. The Lions outrebounded the Burros 30-15.


It’s off to the postseason for the Burros, who opened up the Section 1A Tournament on Tuesday of this week. The Section tournament is different this year. Instead of sub-sections, the teams are seeded 1 through 19 from top-to-bottom. The bottom six seeds will face off in three play-in games.

The Burros are the No. 18 seed and will head to No. 15 Hayfield for a play-in (pigtail) game with the winner heading to No. 2 seed Spring Grove on Thursday night, March 1, at 7 p.m.

Southeast Conference Boys  

 end regular season  


Spring Grove*    13-0 (21-5 all)

Schaeffer Aca.     9-4 (18-8 all)

Houston               5-5 (10-16 all)

Mabel-Canton     4-9 (8-17 all)

Lanesboro           1-12 (2-23 all)


Randolph*           10-3 (19-7 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander  9-4 (19-7 all)    Grand Meadow     8-5 (12-13 all)    

Lyle/Pacelli            6-7 (14-10 all)  Glenville-Emmons 0-13 (1-24 all)