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AUSTIN EDITION -- L/P girls roll past Lanesboro

By Scott A. Kolb

skolb@postbulletin.com

LYLE -- Points were a precious commodity in Thursday night's Southeast Conference, West Division girls basketball game between Lyle/Austin Pacelli and Lanesboro.

Despite a poor night offensively, the Lyle/Pacelli girls remained unbeaten in the SEC West with a 36-19 win over the Burros. Laura Nelson led the way for L/P with a game-high 10 points in the low-scoring affair.

Part of the problem for Lyle/Pacelli was foul trouble in the first quarter. L/P leading scorer Louise Mudra got three early fouls and spent a good deal of time on the bench. Mudra had only three points on the night.

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"Defensively we played pretty well, but our offense was completely out of sync," said L/P coach Gary Peterson. "Louise picked up those early fouls and that screwed up our rotation. I would feel a lot better about the win if we had scored in the 50s."

With Mudra in foul trouble, Laura Christopherson and Laura Wiechmann saw more action. Christopherson netted a basket in each quarter for a season-high eight points. Wiechmann hit a three-pointer in the first half.

Defense carries the night

Still, it was the defense that carried L/P to victory on an off night. Nelson had five blocked shots and five rebounds in the win. Taryn Emery led L/P with seven rebounds, while Mudra grabbed five boards.

The strong defensive effort by L/P left the Lanesboro offense in disarray. After a decent start, the Burros managed only four points in each of the final three quarters.

"Lack of scoring has been our problem all season," said Lanesboro coach Terry Highum. "Our girls gave a solid effort defensively by holding their big scorers in check, but we couldn't put the ball in the basket."

Finishing with a flurry

Scoring just enough to slowly widen the lead, the L/P girls pushed the advantage into double figures in the third quarter. After a sluggish start to the third quarter, the home team finished with a flurry.

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Nelson scored the last of her points on a rebound and putback with two minutes to play in the third quarter.

"We didn't play real well, but it's another division win," Peterson said. "We got the chance to work on some different defensive schemes, and all the girls got to play in front of the home fans, so it was a good night."

One more telling statistic summed up the futile night of shooting by the two teams. Lanesboro made just 2-of-12 free throws, while Lyle/Pacelli was even worse, missing all of its 10 attempts.

L/P girls (6-7, 4-0 SEC West) play tonight at Faribault Shattuck/St. Mary's in a game that was a late addition to the schedule.

LANESBORO (19)

Misty Draper 0, Amy Eide 0, Sarah Flattum 6, Erin Horihan 0, Michelle Lawstuen 0, Tina Lukkason 4, Katie Lynch 2, Jessi McCabe 0, Brenda Mensink 3, Jessica Overland 3, Alesha Sveen 1.

LYLE/AUSTIN PACELLI (36)

Kate Boisjolie 0, Laura Christopherson 8, Taryn Emery 4, Sammi Jones 0, Rebecca Mino 0, Louise Mudra 3, Laura Nelson 10, Amber Peterson 2, Brittany Peterson 0, Laura Wiechmann 7, Sara Wiechmann 2, Stephanie Wilkinson 0, Kristina Hollerud 0, Lindsay Halbach 0.

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Quarter scores

Lanesboro 7 11 15 19

; Lyle/Austin Pacelli 12 19 29 36

; Three-point goals -- Lanesboro 1 (Overland), Lyle/Pacelli 2 (Mudra, L.Wiechmann).

Free throws -- Lanesboro 2-12, Lyle/Pacelli 0-10.

Fouled out -- None

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