The Lanesboro boys basketball team were up and down on the offensive end of the floor during a couple of Southeast Conference losses last week. The Burros couldn’t overcome a slow start during a 62-39 road loss at Schaeffer Academy on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

Lanesboro had the opposite problem in a road loss at Mabel-Canton, starting off well but couldn’t hold the lead while falling to the Cougars 61-48.

Loss to SA, 62-39

A slow start to the first half put the Lanesboro boys behind the eight-ball. SA jumped out to an 18-2 lead in the first half. However, the Burros would outscore the Lions 16-11 up to the break but still trailed by 11 points at the half (29-18). Schaeffer would win the second half by another 11 points (33-22) while on the way to a 22-point win (62-39).

While the Lions didn’t scorch the nets from the field, the Burros were ice cold. Lanesboro would only hit 12 field goals in 48 attempts all game (27%). Schaeffer attempted 23 more shots than LHS did (67), going 25 for 67 from the field (37%).

The Lions gave themselves a lot of second-chance scoring opportunities by grabbing an impressive 17 offensive rebounds while winning the rebounding battle 39-27.

Lanesboro did outscore the Lions at the free throw line by going 11 for 17 (64%) while SA was 7 for 12 (58%).

Greysen Higbe-Harrah led the Burros in scoring with 19 points, including seven for 10 at the free throw line. He completed a double-double by pulling down a Burro-high 11 rebounds. 

Carson Schwichtenberg had another solid game for LHS with 17 points (four treys), to go with six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Together, those two combined for 36 of the team’s 39 total points.

Senior guard Christian Lahr led Schaeffer (14-5, 5-2 SEC) in scoring with 17 points, the only Lion in double figures. Fellow seniors Cade Swartz and Cole Bothun each added nine points with those three combining to nearly match the Burro team point total.

The Lions weren’t shy about hoisting shots up from outside the arc, attempting 26 treys while knocking down just five (19%). Lanesboro was four of 16 from long-range (25%).

The Burros were limited in their number of offensive possessions, with their 21 turnovers the likely reason, 15 of which came as a result of Schaeffer steals. The LHS defense could only muster five steals against the Schaeffer offense.

Loss at MC, 61-48

The Burros got most of their offense from three-point range while coming up short to the Cougars in a road SEC loss. Lanesboro was swept by Mabel-Canton (7-11, 4-7 SEC) after losing in Lanesboro in mid-December.

The Burros jumped out to an early six-point lead in the first half (15-9), but they couldn’t hold that lead as M-C would outscore Lanesboro 18-6 the rest of the half. The Burros trailed at the break 27-21.

The second half was competitive but belonged to the Cougars on their home floor, outscoring the Burros 34-27 after halftime, finishing the game with a 13-point win (61-48).

LHS had a big advantage outside the arc, outscoring the Cougars by 12 points while hitting 6 of 27 (18 points, 22%). The Cougars were just two for 17 outside the line (12%).

However, the Burros couldn’t overcome a 44-20 scoring deficit inside the arc. M-C hit 22 two-shots compared to just 10 for LHS.

The Burros were a point shy of three players in double figures, led by Schwichtenberg with 21 points (three treys) to go with seven rebounds. Andrew Luck added 12 and Higbe-Harrah nine.

Blake Henry and Dylan Loppnow tied for the M-C scoring lead with 17 points apiece. All-conference guard Drew Wyffels chipped in 10 points.

Free throw shooting was basically a push as the Cougars held a one-point scoring advantage at the line. LHS was 10 for 12, and M-C was 11 for 19 at the stripe.

The Burros competed well on the boards but were outrebounded 36-31. LHS did give themselves second-chance scoring opportunities by grabbing 15 offensive rebounds, but M-C grabbed 19 offensive boards of their own. Higbe-Harrah and Connor Ruen were the top Burros on the boards with nine rebounds apiece.

The Burros lost the turnover battle with 18 miscues, 13 because of Cougar steals. M-C finished the night with just 11 turnovers, five directly from LHS steals.

Schedule

The Burros (1-16, 1-8 SEC) had a short turnaround with a close 43-39 home loss Schaeffer Academy on Monday of this week, less than a week after their first matchup. Complete coverage of the rematch will be in next week's News Leader.

The LHS boys head to Alden-Conger on Thursday, Feb 8, for a non-conference game, and then travel to Winona Cotter/Hope Lutheran on Friday night.

After that, it’s off to Minneapolis for the Burros’ annual appearance at the Target Center, where they’ll face Randolph at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. The Burros will be right back on their home court the following Tuesday, Feb. 13, against Houston with the Burros looking to avoid the sweep.

Southeast Conference Boys

through Monday, Feb. 5 games

>>EAST DIVISION

Spring Grove…..8-0 (14-5 all)

Schaeffer Aca….7-2 (16-5 all

Mabel-Canton…4-7 (7-12 all)

Houston………..3-7 (7-15 all)

Lanesboro……..1-8 (1-16 all)

>>WEST DIVISION

Randolph…………7-1 (16-4 all)

Grand Meadow….7-3 (10-10 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander..6-3 (15-6 all)

Lyle/Pacelli……….4-7 (9-9 all)

Glenville-Emmons.0-9 (1-17 all)