Girls basketball: A win is a winThe Irish struggled shooting, but held on for a 38-34 victory
By: Matt Steichen, Rosemount Town Pages
In a game where shots weren’t falling for either side, Rosemount’s ability to take care of the basketball carried it to a sloppy 38-34 non-conference victory over Farmington Friday night.
The Irish shot just 29 percent from the floor, but limited their own turnovers to 14 while forcing the Tigers into 27 giveaways in the defensive struggle.
“We made just enough plays down the stretch in the second half. It was kind of a struggle on both ends for both teams throughout the game, but we were able to hold on on a tough shooting night,” Rosemount coach Sam McDonald said. “It was nice to get a win, even though we struggled a little bit. We kept playing hard throughout the night.”
Junior Hannah Halterman scored a team-high 11 points and provided two clutch three-pointers that kept Rosemount in the game. The first three helped the Irish rally to forge a 19-19 halftime tie and the second started an eight-point run that expanded the lead to 33-25 late in the second half.
Farmington (0-4) crept back within three points in the final 90 seconds, but junior Sydney Newton knocked down two free throws to put the Irish in control.
“We missed some real opportunities to kind of blow that wide open,” McDonald said. “Give Farmington credit. We didn’t convert lay-ups and free throws here and there and they hit some big buckets.”
The final margin of victory came at the free-throw line where the Irish made 9 of 16 and Farmington connected on just 5 of 14.
Rosemount leading scorer Hannah Grim battled early foul trouble and finished with nine points. Megan Schuster scored five points and grabbed five rebounds and senior Laura Dennis hauled in a team-high 12 rebounds.
Desi Loftus scored a team-high 11 points for Farmington, which managed just 15 second-half points against the Irish’s full-court pressure defense.
“We got quite a few turnovers and got them out of their game a little bit,”?McDonald said. “When the were able to play in their half-court set they got some pretty good shots. When we got them out of their zone offense we were able to create some havoc.”
The Irish (2-2) traveled to Tartan Tuesday and are back at Irish Gym tomorrow night when they host third-ranked (Class 4A) Lakeville North in their South Suburban Conference opener. The Panthers are coming off a five-point loss to top-ranked Hopkins last Friday.