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Matt Stephenson scored eight points in Friday's loss at Bloomington Kennedy.

Boys basketball: Irish fall 52-49 at Kennedy

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For the first time in a while, Rosemount’s shots weren’t falling Friday night at Bloomington Kennedy.

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Two days after debuting at No. 10 in the Class 4A rankings, the Irish shot 41 percent from the field and turned the ball over 14 times as their four-game winning streak came to an end with a 52-49 loss to the Eagles.

The Irish scored their season low by 12 points and got to the free-throw line just eight times as they slipped to 8-3 overall and 2-2 in the South Suburban Conference.

“We did not play close to our best game. Kennedy has some good guards and athletic forwards and they played harder than we did and it showed on the offensive boards and the amount of loose balls that they got,” Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said. “We will learn from this game and know that we need to show up every night in this conference in order to have a chance to win.”

The Irish led 29-27 at the break and remained within a basket throughout the second half, but ended up scoring just 20 points over the final 18 minutes.

“We had a few chances to tie or take the lead down the stretch, but we were unable to make the plays we needed to in order to come out with the win,” Schnettler said.

Point guard Garrett Goetz led the Irish with 15 points. He made three three-pointers and also provided five rebounds and five assists. Cole Northwick was right behind with 14 points and knocked down four threes. Matt Stephenson added eight points and six rebounds.

The Irish are back on the road this week. They traveled to Apple Valley to take on Eastview Tuesday and make the trip to Eagan tonight.

“We are looking forward to bouncing back this week,” Schnettler said.

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