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Girls Basketball: Rosemount loses in first round

The Rosemount girls basketball team swept Burnsville during the two Lake Conference meetings between the teams this season.

Irish coach Sam McDonald knew that, even though the Irish had come out on top in those contests, playing last week in the Class 4A, Section 3 tournament would be a tough situation for the Irish.

Burnsville wouldn't want to suffer another loss to the Irish. But it was more than that. In a matchup of the fourth-seed Irish, and No. 5 seed Blaze, anything can happen.

And between two even teams, Burnsville earned the victory 63-56, ending Rosemount's season in the first round of the section tournament.

"It was the type of game I thought it was going to be," McDonald said. "When you get the four and five seeds, it's even-steven. Record-wise I think they might have even had a better overall record. We played them tight in the regular season. We knew it was going to be a tight one. They made a lot of nice plays the last couple of minutes and beat us."

As would have been expected, it was another close game and the two teams traded leads throughout.

But, when it comes to close games, it usually comes down to who executes most efficiently at the end of the game.

"It was back and forth," McDonald said. "They executed down the stretch a little bit better than we did and they move on in the tournament.

"I thought we played a good game. Overall, it was just a very good section basketball game."

Sara Feeser led the way for Rosemount, scoring a team-high 16 points.

She hit four 3-pointers to help keep the Irish in the game.

Rachel Hoeppner added 10 points, including two 3-pointers.

Paige Carter scored eight.

However, Burnsville was able to focus on Rosemount's leading scorer, Laurie Tyson, who finished with six points.

McDonald was pleased with how his team played, but the feeling didn't come immediately.

"After I calmed down I realized it was a really good basketball game," McDonald said. "It's just hard to say when you come up short."