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Girls basketball: Upset bid falls short

Rosemount senior Hannah Grim closed in on the program scoring record with 28 points in Friday's 61-58 loss.

A frantic last-minute rally left Rosemount three points short in its bid for an upset of seventh-ranked Bloomington Kennedy Friday night.

Trailing by nine points with 53 seconds left, the Irish got a three-pointer from Kaylie Hanson and two more from Hannah Grim to make things interesting. However, the visiting Eagles made three free throws in their final two possessions to close out a 61-58 South Suburban Conference road win.

“The teams battled back and forth and it came down to a one-possession difference. I think are girls really saw that when we commit to executing a game plan we can play with anybody on any given night,” Rosemount coach Chris Orr said. “Kennedy is a very good team, a top 10 team in the state, and we were one possession away from beating them.”

The Irish trailed 33-28 at the break, but battled back to tie the score at 35-all early in the second half. The teams traded baskets over the next several minutes and the game was still tied at 43-43 with 8:51 to go. That’s when the Eagles made their move, scoring seven unanswered points over the next four minutes to go up 50-43.

Senior Hannah Grim tossed in a game-high 28 points for the Irish, putting her within four points of the girls’ school record. She made four three-pointers and added three rebounds and three steals.

Liz Evenocheck added 11 points and seven rebounds and Hansen had seven points and four assists.

Kennedy matched Rosemount’s 36-percent shooting from the floor, but made 19 of 28 free throws while the Irish were just 2 of 5.

The Irish hosted top-ranked Eastview on Tuesday and are back at Irish Gym tomorrow night against Eagan.

Matt Steichen

Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.

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