Girls Basketball: Searching for a signature win
Throughout this season, Rosemount girls basketball coach Sam McDonald has discussed how well his team has played against some of the best teams in the state and the Lake Conference.
One thing he hasn't been able to talk about is a win against those same teams.
Make no mistake though, the topic has come up with the team.
"We have talked about winning a statement game," McDonald said. "We need to beat a team, a solid team above us in the conference. We need to try and get one of those.
"We've been in a few close games and battled. We feel confident going against them. It's taking no credit away from them. They have made the plays and we haven't down the stretch.
"We are getting better and better. We have an interesting mix of seniors, juniors, sophomores, and we're playing about nine deep. We will get more consistent and better as it goes along. We're pleased with where we're at. Now, the next mini step is to start getting a few of those games, climb the conference ladder a bit."
Rosemount (6-6, 4-5 Lake Conference) had another such opportunity last week against No. 7 Bloomington Kennedy, but again the Irish were on the wrong end of a close game, losing 74-65.
On Tuesday, Rosemount came back to beat Burnsville, 62-53.
"We did a nice job last night of shooting the ball better in the end," McDonald said of the Burnsville game. "We were miserable shooting from the field against Kennedy. We played well in other areas, but we were 4-for-22 from the perimeter in that game. That was our primary concern with that game."
The Irish finished the game shooting 18 percent on 3-pointers and 36 percent from two-point territory.
Laurie Tyson scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Elaine Warner added 14 points, and Brianna Connor added 10.
"They defended us very well," McDonald said. "Their D got after us. They had something to do with that, but we're a decent shooting team and shooting that way is not going to cut it."
The shooting wasn't much better against Burnsville, but Rosemount could overcome the deficiencies against a non-ranked team.
Tyson had another double-double with 22 points and 15 rebounds.
"She has been playing very well," Mc Donald said.
Sara Feeser scored 12 points and Warner tallied 11.