Lanesboro girls left behind by L-A second half start

Lanesboro’s Jessie Schreiber draws contact from Alexa Ellinghuysen while shooting inside against Lewiston-Altura. LEE EPPS/NEWS LEADER
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Lee Epps

The Lanesboro girls dropped both games against larger schools at the 35th annual Warrior Club/Lewiston Auto Holiday Basketball Classic at Winona State University.

A strong start to the second half and a dominating performance by Myia Ruzek propelled Lewiston-Altura past the Burros 48-32 on Dec. 26. Lanesboro then fell just short of a first victory on Dec. 28 in a close 49-45 encounter with Chatfield.

Over the holidays, the shorthanded Class A Burros (0-8) faced both Class AA clubs without four usual contributors.

No details about the Chatfield game was available in time for the early News Leader holiday deadline. Look for coverage in next week's edition.

L-A 48, LHS 32

Ruzek, 5-foot-11 senior guard, scored 38 of her team's 48 points and decided the outcome by putting in the first 15 points of the second half.

The Burros scored first, and although overtaken early, remained in contention throughout the first half. The Cardinals led only 21-16 at intermission, but Ruzek (double double with 10 rebounds) quickly took control by burying three straight 3-point baskets to open the second half. She then scored three straight times on fast breaks before adding another 3-ball to make it a 39-18 runaway.

A trey from Lanesboro's Payton Benson cut the margin down to 12 points (42-30), but the Burros would get no closer.

Benson and Emily Snyder both finished with 11 points with 3 points apiece from Jessie Scheiber and Brielle Ruen. Lexie Johnson and Kaci Ruen each added 2 points.

Snyder completed a double double with 10 rebounds along with team-highs, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots. Johnson shared the backboard honors with another 10 rebounds.

The Burros again had to face a full-court pressure defense, which forced 11 of their 21 total turnovers.

The Cards, however, fouled frequently while applying that backcourt pressure, and LHS hit 9 of 17 free throws (53%).

LHS was whistled for only 8 fouls, but L-A took advantage of only five trips to the foul line where they hit 7 of 9 free throws (78%).

Lewiston-Altura outshot LHS from the field 28 percent to 21 percent, including a slight edge from 3-point land (L-A 5 for 16, 31%; LHS 3 for 18, 17%). Benson netted all three Burro treys.

L-A improved to 5-5 before earning a sixth victory over Chatfield at the Classic on Saturday.

This week and next

The Burros (0-8, 0-5 SEC) are back to SEC action tonight with a Jan. 3 home contest against Schaeffer Academy (2-9, 0-5 SEC). A non-conference home game against Class AA Triton follows on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

It will be a busy week with a Thursday, Jan. 10, trip to Harmony against Fillmore Central and a Jan. 11 rematch at Spring Grove.