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Girls basketball: Irish snap losing streak

It's been a long time coming for the Rosemount girls basketball team.

The Irish's success during the non-conference portion of the schedule has been well documented. They also started 1-1 in Lake Conference action.

Since beating Chaska on Jan. 8, it's been a long dry spell. Rosemount had lost 12 straight conference games.

The streak is over. The Irish beat Chanhassen, 65-57 on Tuesday.

"We needed that win, period," Rosemount coach Sam McDonald said. "We needed that win for morale. We've been playing well, but coming up short whether it was poor shooting or turnovers. It's nice to finally be rewarded for a good night's effort. No matter how much effort you give, you still have to shoot well and take care of the basketball. It's nice to be on the winning side here."

The Irish (11-14, 2-13 Lake) lost 71-46 to Apple Valley last week before Tuesday's victory.

"We had troubles stopping them all night," McDonald said. "Reason No. 1, we just flat out got beat that evening. A portion of that, we just had a terrible shooting night. You can play as hard as you want, but as some point you need to make baskets."

Brooke Stevens led the Irish with 12 points. Rachel Hoeppner and Abbie Bauernfiend scored 10 points apiece. Micaella Petrich passed out six assists.

While the shooting didn't improve greatly against Chanhassen, the Irish did other things to lead to the victory.

Elaine Warner returned to the lineup after missing three games and scored 22 points to go with 18 rebounds, five steals and three blocks.

"That really did help on the inside," McDonald said of Warner's return.

Hoeppner scored 15 points. Petrich had 12 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Sara Feeser chipped in with 11 points and four assists.

"The big difference was we took care of the basketball," McDonald said.

Rosemount faces Burnsville in the regular season finale tonight, and the game could play a big part in the section seeding, which takes place Saturday.

"It could change things quite a bit," McDonald said. "There's still a lot up in the air going into the last game in regards to the middle ground of the section."