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Turnovers leave L/P girls still winless

LYLE — A big run to end the first half by the Houston Hurricanes led to a 63-32 win over Lyle/Austin Pacelli on Thursday night.

The Southeast Conference girls basketball game was tied at 8-8 midway through the first half, but the two teams then went in different directions. Houston closed the first half on a 24-3 run and put the score out of reach by halftime.

Turnovers were once again the main culprit in the loss for the Lyle/Pacelli Athletics. The L/P girls committed a total of 50 turnovers on the night, and this led to repeated baskets in transition for Houston.

"They fed off the turnovers, and put us away with that run to end the first half," L/P coach Brad Walter said. "They didn’t have to go far to score, and we couldn’t stay with them. In the first part of the game we turned it over on our end, then we started to do it at their end and it led to easy baskets."

Melanie Aanonson led the Athletics on the statistical charts with six points and eight rebounds. The Hurricanes had two players score in double figures as Astri Runningen netted a game-high 17 and Amber Wieser added 11 points in the win.

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"Part of the story is we play really hard in the first half, then the girls get tired and make mistakes," Walter said. "They quit moving their feet and throw the ball away. Once we got behind at the end of the first half it was tough to make a comeback."

Lyle/Pacelli (0-6, 0-5 SEC) plays the early game of a boys-girls conference doubleheader tonight at Lanesboro.

HOUSTON (63)

Astri Runningen 17, Hannah Sieve 3, Amber Wieser 11, Heather Sieve 6, Shannon Gavin 2, Meredith Lee 2, Jennifer Ulmen 2, Morgan Lehmann 3, Jessica Meeks 9, Brianna Martin 4, Annie Brealt 4.

LYLE/PACELLI (32)

Melanie Aanonson 6, Jessica Hutchinson 4, Emily Rysavy 4, Emily Leif 2, Nikki Townsley 5, Haley Meyer 3, Breanna Bartholomew 1, Brittany Bartholomew 2, Holly Crawford 5.

Halftime — Houston 32, L/P 11.

Three-pointers — Houston 2-6 (A.Wieser 1, Nels 1). L/P 0-1.

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Free throws — Houston 3-5, L/P 8-22.

Rebounds — L/P 27 (Aanonson 8, Crawford 7, Bre.Bart 4).

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