There was bound to be a few hiccups along the way for the Rosemount girls basketball team.
Irish coach Sam McDonald knew there would be tough days ahead even as his team was coasting through the non-conference schedule. Playing in the Lake Conference brings new challenges.
Rosemount girls basketball coach Sam McDonald knew things would be different once the Irish started to play games within the Lake Conference.
McDonald’s hope was his team could keep the early season momentum going until conference play. The Irish accomplished the first task by winning four straight games and eight of the first nine games this season.
The next objective would be dealing with the ultra-competitive Lake Conference.
The holiday break provides a logical reflection point for the Rosemount girls basketball team.
The new calendar year brings the start of the Lake Conference season. The non-conference portion of the schedule has exceeded expectations.
Several times this season, Rosemount girls basketball coach Sam McDonald has praised his team’s composure and ability to close out games.
So when the Irish were struggling early against St. Paul Johnson last week, there was no panic. Rosemount had overcome tougher stretches already this season.
Rosemount girls basketball team Sam McDonald admits, for a moment, that some doubts about the Irish had crept into his mind.
McDonald’s team started the season 4-0, but last Friday’s 57-44 loss at Richfield caught the coach by surprise.
When developing the schedule for the Rosemount girls basketball team, coaches and administration built in an early break for the Irish.
Rosemount had a heavy early schedule, which included the Hamline tournament, but after four games in the span of seven days, there was an eight-day period between games.
It’s a strategy Irish coach Sam McDonald likes to employ.
Observers would be hard-pressed to see Rosemount girls basketball coach Sam McDonald be anything but optimistic about his team’s chances.
Yet, three games into the season and even the optimistic McDonald is pleasantly surprised.
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