Burro boys score most points, fewest points same week

RON MAYER/NEWS LEADER Ben Eversole goes up for two Lanesboro points after penetrating the Spring Grove defense.
S. Lee Epps

It was like winter and then summer in the same week — first freezing and then sizzling, way down and then up for the Lanesboro boys.

The most frustrating shooting performance in decades during a 35-point, 52-17 home loss to Spring Grove on Feb. 4 was followed by an exhilarating, season-high scoring, 30-point, 72-42 road romp over Glenville-Emmons on Feb. 7. Both games were season sweeps for the winners.

Shortly before the News Leader went to press, the Burro boys improved to 10-12 (4-9 SEC) with a home 72-53 win over Cochrane-Fountain City (Wis.). Look for complete coverage next week.

SG 52, LHS 17

LHS  9 + 8=17

SG  26+26=52

The number 17 haunted an unexpected nightmare for the home team. The Burros hit only 1 of 17 shots from 3-point range while shooting only 17% overall and scoring only 17 points, the fewest Lanesboro has ever scored against Spring Grove (at least in more than the seven decades with records dating back to 1948).

There were 17 Lion steals, which accounted for most of 22 Lanesboro turnovers. Despite all those thefts, there were only four transition points (SG 4, LHS 0). It was therefore a half-court game, which, unfortunately for the cold-shooting home team, was dominated by the Lion zone defense. On offense, Spring Grove handled the ball with only 10 turnovers (7 Burro steals).

Much could have been expected. Spring Grove came in shooting 37% for the season and shot 37% at Lanesboro. Averaging 52.5 points per game, the Lions scored 52 at Lanesboro.

Lanesboro was not the first team to be frustrated and greatly denied by Spring Grove's improved, long-armed zone defense. The Lions won three games last week by 27, 35 and 29-point margins.

"Not a very good night for us, especially on the offensive side," lamented coach Matt Asleson. "We got some good looks early but couldn't knock them down. And then we lost our aggressiveness. Give Spring Grove credit; they are really good defensively. Ryan Holmen had a nice game inside for us, but we couldn't get the ball to him enough."

Holmen had team highs with 7 points and 7 rebounds. John Prestemon had 5 points, and J. T Rein (2 points) collected 5 rebounds.

LHS competed best on the glass with 32 rebounds to 31 for Spring Grove.

SG senior center John Koch had a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double while KFIL-Radio Game Ball recipient Caden Grinde tallied 22 points (4 of 7 trey attempts). SG hit 5 of 13 triples.

There was no relief for the Burros at the foul line where LHS hit 2 of only 3 free throws. Meanwhile, the Lions hit 17 of 23 free throws for a season-best 74%.

The scoring pace was steady with LHS being outscored 26-9 in the first half and 26-8 in the second half.

Spring Grove (11-10, 7-5 SEC) had defeated LHS 55-41 earlier in the season.

And the Lions again won the junior varsity game 41-24. And there was again a junior high split with LHS taking the eighth grade game 38-36 and the Lions winning the seventh grade game 38-15.

LHS 72, G-E 42

LHS 28+44=72

G-E 18+24=42 

Lanesboro, boosted by fast breaks, scored a season-best 72 points while shooting a good 47% while limiting the Wolverines to about half as much success (24%).

All 12 Burros scored with three in double figures - Sawyer Johnson 15 points, Holmen 10 and Rein 10.

Ben Snyder, Wilson Storhoff and Hayden Lawstuen each put in 6 points while Ben Eversole added 5, Bodin Mayer 4, Prestemon 3, Carter Clarke 3, Seth Semmen 2 and Jake Gathje 2

"A nice bounce-back game offensively for us," said Asleson. "We were able to hit some 3s and got out in transition and got some easy baskets. We didn't turn them over as much as our previous matchup, but our half-court defense was strong, and we rebounded really well."

All dozen Burros were also credited with rebounds, led by Holmen, Snyder and Prestemon with 8 boards each. Mayer rebounded 7 times, Rein 6 and Gathje 5.

A half-dozen had more assists than turnovers - Prestemon 6 assists, Rein 4, Gathje 3, Semmen 3, Mayer 2 and Snyder 2.

Both halves started with a Johnson 3-pointer. A Snyder rebound basket and a driving 3-point play by Rein led to an early 12-2 Lanesboro lead.

"Ben Snyder played his best game of the year," added Asleson. "He was aggressive on the boards and finished at the rim. Sawyer was able to find his shooting touch again, and J. T. and John did a good job finding open shooters."

The Burros led by 10 points at halftime (28-18) before opening the second stanza with a 10-point run. G-E (2-19, 0-14 SEC) would never get any closer than that 20-point margin.

LHS won the junior varsity game 57-30 behind 15 points from Seth Semmen. It was a junior high split with the Burros taking the eighth grade game and G-E winning the seventh grade contest.

This week and next

After the Monday win against C-FC, the boys played a makeup game at Randolph on Tuesday of this week.

The Burros host a non-conference game versus LeRoy-Ostrander tonight (Thursday, Feb. 13).

Next week begins with a Monday, Feb. 17 non-conference matchup at Spring Valley versus Kingsland. The regular season closes on Friday, Feb. 21 at Alden-Conger.