Burro boys conquer Cardinals, clipped by Hurricanes

RON MAYER/NEWS LEADER The Burros rally to grab the rebound. From left are Joe Gathje, Sawyer Johnson and John Prestemon. The Burros lost, 51-56.

RON MAYER/NEWS LEADER Lanesboro’s Sawyer Johnson makes a layup last Friday night as the Burros hosted the Houston Hurricanes.
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Lee Epps
News Leader

The Lanesboro boys fought through foul trouble for a 63-48 win over visiting LeRoy-Ostrander on Jan. 31 but could not protect a second-half lead the next night in a 56-51 home loss to Houston.

The Burros shot well from three-point range in both games, but they attempted only one free throw in the loss. With that home court split, Lanesboro closed the week at 6-12, 2-8 SEC.

LHS 63, L-O 48

The Burros had trailed from the outset until a 14-2 run turned a five-point deficit into a 24-17 halftime lead. Lanesboro opened the second half with an 11-4 run for a 35-21 lead; The Cardinals (8-9, 4-6 SEC) fought back but never got closer than eight points.

"I was proud of the way we fought through a slow start," said coach Chris Hanson. "We didn't hang our heads and were able to overcome big foul trouble. Carson (Schwichtenberg) and Andrew (Luck) both had four fouls and sat a lot in the second half."

Lanesboro fouls resulted in the Cardinals attempting 28 free throws, but they hit only 12 (43%)

Meanwhile, the Burros attempted fewer (20) charity shots but sank more (13, 65%).

"It was good team win, and it was nice to see the balanced scoring," added the coach.

Four Burros scored in double figures. Connor Ruen had 11 points and nine rebounds. Schwichtenberg led with 13 points along with five rebounds. Greysen Higbe-Harrah put into 10 points.

Eighth grader John Prestemon came in to score 12 points and rebound five times with twice as many assists (four) as turnovers (two).

"John played great off the bench against their pressure," added Hanson.

Eight Burros scored with six points apiece from Luck and Sawyer Johnson plus three points from JT Rein and two from Joe Gathje.

There was no scoring balance for the Cards with two players combining for 36 of their 48 points. Junior forward Riley Olson scored 19 points inside while point guard Trey Hungerholt had 17.

Both teams shot well from two-point range (LHS 46%, L-O 51%), but only one team was effective from afar. Five different Burros contributed to eight three-point baskets (eight for 22, 36%). But L-O went without, going 0 for 10 beyond the arc.

Lanesboro earned a 37-to-25 rebounding advantage.

Houston 56, LHS 51

"It was a tough loss," said Hanson. "We knew we played poorly last time at their place (93-62 Houston win) and wanted to redeem ourselves. We led most of the game but just couldn't come up with a key basket or two in last minute and a half. We had a couple of costly turnovers down the stretch when we could have taken the lead."

An illegal-screen (foul) negated a three-pointer that would have given the Burros the lead with a minute to play.

The Hurricanes missed a late free throw and then failed to convert with a pair of offensive rebounds. But Lanesboro, down 53-51, could not connect with another good look from three-point land. Houston closed scoring by sinking three of four free throws.

"We gave good effort, but some key turnovers and giving up 13 offensive rebounds cost us," concluded the coach.

The Burros led 33-26 at halftime and by as many as eight points in the second half.

But the 'Canes caught up at 42-all followed by four lead changes. The score was knotted for the fifth time at 51-all before Houston scored the final five points during the last minute and a half.

The Burros again shot well beyond the arc (34%). With 10 treys, LHS outscored the 'Canes from the field 50-48. But amazingly, the Burros went to the foul line only once (one for one); Houston was whistled for only four fouls.

Hitting eight of 14 free throws, the Hurricanes outscored LHS by seven points at the foul line in a six-point win. The Burros outshot Houston from the field, 40% to 38%.

Only five players on each team put the ball in the net. Johnson and Schwichtenberg, each with four three-balls, each scored 14 points. Schwichtenberg ably orchestrated the attack with five assists and only two turnovers.

Higbe-Harrah was again in double figures with 11 points. Luck had eight points and a team-high seven rebounds. Prestemon added four points.

Of the five Hurricanes that scored, four were in double figures. Caiden Danielson led with 16 points; James Hongerholt put in 14. Alex Van Gundy tallied 11 points, Mikkel Schutte 10 and Connor Van Gundy, five.

Houston outrebounded LHS 33 to 25, including a substantial 13-to-7 margin in offensive boards.

With this win and a loss the next day (62-59 versus Schaeffer), Houston ended the week at 8-10 (3-7 SEC).

This week and next

The boys hosted Alden-Conger just after the News Leader went to press on Feb. 5.

The Burros are away at Mabel-Canton tonight (Thursday, Feb. 7) before a non-conference road trip to Lyle against Lyle/Pacelli on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The makeup at Cochrane-Fountain City is on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14).

It will be their second meeting in three days when L/P comes to LHS for their SEC game on Feb. 15.