Boys basketball: Panthers pull away late
Thirty-two percent shooting made it tough for Rosemount to hang with a high-powered Lakeville North team that entered Friday night's game in Lakeville ranked eighth in the state in Class 4A.
The Panthers led by just six in the final five minutes, but went on to improve their record to 11-3 with a 68-54 victory.
"North is a very talented offensive team, especially from the perimeter. I thought we did a solid job on defense besides a few lapses... They pulled away at the end when we tried to press them," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said. "I liked our effort in this game, but we just didn't finish enough plays on the offensive end to get the win."
Cole Northwick paced the Irish with 21 points. He knocked down three three-pointers and chipped in under the basket with six rebounds. Garrett Goetz was the team's next leading scorer with nine points.
Tyler Hartigan chipped in with eight points and fellow sophomore Jack Kessler made all six of his free throws and grabbed six boards. Sean Kalinowski led the team with nine rebounds.
The Irish opened the week by scoring a 53-50 road win at Burnsville last Tuesday.
Goetz poured in a team-high 20 points, including 9 of 10 from the free-throw line, and Northwick drilled three three-pointers on his way to 17 points.
Kalinowski grabbed six rebounds for the Irish, who led 26-21 at halftime. Burnsville stayed in the game by connecting on 7 of 10 shots from beyond the arc.
"We led the whole game, but we did not play with great energy throughout the game," Schnettler said.
The Irish, now 5-9 overall, traveled to Apple Valley Tuesday and host Bloomington Jefferson tonight at Irish Gym.