The Lanesboro boys basketball team couldn’t find consistent offense to keep up with their opponents in three games last week, starting with a rescheduled non-conference matchup at Fillmore Central on Monday, Feb. 12, which the Burros lost 59-46.

LHS lost a conference home game to Houston the next night, 67-49, dropping the season series to the Hurricanes.

Lanesboro was on the road on Friday night at LeRoy-Ostrander for their conference game with the Cardinals, coming up short 61-44 to the Cardinals, who also took the season series from LHS.

The Burros are 2-21 overall (1-11 SEC), and only two games are left in the regular season.

Loss at FC, 59-46

The Lanesboro boys lost a non-conference matchup at Fillmore Central and would only lead the Falcons twice, both coming early in the first half. After Fillmore scored first with a two-point basket, the Burros hit a three-pointer. The Falcons ran off seven straight points before Lanesboro rallied to take an 11-9 lead, which would be their last of the game. FC would then outscore the Burros 23-8 and end the first half with a 13-point lead (32-19).

The Falcons (7-16) would control the second half, thanks to that big lead at halftime. The Burros would trim the FC lead down to eight points twice in the second half (finally at 50-42) before dropping the game by 13 (59-46).

The Falcons shot a better overall percentage than Lanesboro with the Falcons finishing 25 of 55 (45%) to Lanesboro’s 15 of 47 (32%).

The Burros did hold a 15-point advantage outside the three-point line, where they hit seven of 22 (32%, 21 points) to just two of 10 (20%, six points) for the home team. But Fillmore Central made far more two-point shots (23 to 8, 46-16 in points),

The free throw line was a push as LHS held a slim two-point lead at the stripe, hitting nine shots while the Falcons sank seven — both teams with 12 attempts.

The Falcons grabbed seven more rebounds (32 to 25), doubled the Burros in steals (10 to five), and finished with four fewer turnovers (10 to 14). 

LHS finished with two players in double figures, led by Carson Schwichtenberg with 22 points (three assists). Andrew Luck added 14 points (two rebounds, one steal) with those two netting 36 of the team’s 46 total points.

Connor Ruen was the top Burro thief with two steals to go with two assists.

Loss to Houston, 67-49

An early 2-2 tie score would be the closest the Burros would come to holding the lead against the Hurricanes (10-16, 5-7 SEC), who went on a 12-0 scoring run before Lanesboro would score again.

A 14-3 Houston advantage would mushroom into a 39-15 halftime lead for the ‘Canes, who outscored Lanesboro 25-12 to end the half. The Burros would do a much better job on offense in the second half, outscoring Houston 34-28 but unable to overcome the big first-half deficit.

 Luck carried the offensive effort, especially after halftime. He scored 21 points with an incredible 18 points coming in the second half (including three 3-pointers).

Schwichtenberg started slowly in the first half (three points) but also finished in double figures with 10 points. Sawyer Johnson added eight points (two three-pointers).

The Hurricanes nearly put four players in double digits. Junior guard James Hongerholt led all scorers with 25 points while sophomore Alex Van Gundy added 13, Connor Van Gundy 12 points and senior Brady Happel eight.

The Hurricanes outshot the Burros from the field (48% to 43%), most of which came from two-point range.

While each team hit 33% of its shots from beyond the arc, the Burros were sharp from the outside, knocking down seven of 21 shots from three-point range to four of 12 shots from long range by Houston.

Part of the Houston scoring edge came at the free throw line, where the ‘Canes hit almost twice as many shots as the Burros attempted. Houston was nine for 12, while the Burros had only five opportunities, hitting two.

The rest of the team statistics were more even than the final score indicated. Both teams pulled down 23 rebounds (Brett Wangen six). The Burros finished with 12 steals (Schwichtenberg four, Luck three) to 11 for Houston. Lanesboro had 20 turnovers to 16 for the Hurricanes. The ‘Canes had 12 assists to 11 for LHS (Schwichtenberg four, Johnson three).

Loss to L-O, 61-44

The game was tied early in the first half at eight-all before the Cardinals would go on a 23-12 run to stretch the halftime lead to 11 points (31-20). LeRoy-Ostrander would outscore Lanesboro in a competitive second half (30-24) to complete a 17-point victory (61-44).

The Cardinals did most of their damage from two-point range, outscoring the Burro boys 30-18 (L-O 15 of 32, LHS nine of 24). Lanesboro had a slight edge in three-point shooting, hitting seven treys (19 attempts, 21 points) to five threes for L-O (15 attempts, 15 points).

LeRoy-Ostrander would salt the game away with an 11-point advantage in free throws. The Cardinals sank 16 free throws in 21 attempts (76%) to just five of 13 for the Burros.

Luck led the Burro offense for a second-straight game, tossing in 15 points (five rebounds, one assist, one steal). Brady Johnson added nine points (all on three-pointers) while Schwichtenberg and Connor Ruen each added eight points.

L-O junior guard Trey Hungerholt led all scorers with 25 points, Kolton Arndorfer added 13 points, and senior Seth Royston scored 10.

The battle on the boards was dead even as each team cleared 28 missed shots. Schwichtenberg and Ruen led the Burros with seven rebounds each.

Lanesboro turned it over 17 times, 10 a direct result of Cardinal steals. The Burros managed only three thefts of their own. It was a tough night to take the ball from L-O, with the Cardinals only guilty of five turnovers all night.

The Cards (17-7, 8-4 SEC) have their most wins in 15 years and are in a three way battle for the championship of the SEC West.


The Burro boys have two games left in the regular season. They’ll host Lyle/Pacelli on Thursday, Feb. 22, in their final regular-season home game before winding up the regular season with a conference road game the next night at Spring Grove.

Southeast Conference Boys

through Monday, Feb. 19 games


Spring Grove*...12-0 (19-5 all)

Schaeffer Aca…..9-3 (18-7 all

Houston…………5-8 (10-16 all)

Mabel-Canton….4-9 (8-15 all)

Lanesboro……..1-11 (2-21 all)



Randolph^.……….9-3 (18-6 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander...8-4 (17-7 all)

Grand Meadow…..8-4 (12-12 all)

Lyle/Pacelli……….5-7 (12-10 all)

Glenville-Emmons.0-12 (1-21 all)

 ^clinched share of title