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Girls basketball: Irish open at Hamline

The Rosemount girls basketball team opened the season by splitting two games at the Hamline Tournament. Meghan Schuster (left) and Laura Dennis are this year's captains.

Rosemount coach Sam McDonald figured taking care of the ball was going to be his team's biggest obstacle this season.

After two games, it looks like he may be onto something. The Irish started two sophomores at the guard spots and had four of the top eight players in their rotation making their first varsity starts as they committed 30 turnovers in a season-opening 79-43 loss to Centennial Friday night at the Hamline Tournament in St. Paul.

A day later, the Irish returned for the second round of the tournament and became the aggressors, forcing Minneapolis North into 31 giveaways in a 65-30 victory.

"We matched up with them a lot better. We had much fewer turnovers and worked on some half-court trapping and extending our man-to-man defense," McDonald said. "After the first five to seven minutes (against Centennial) I thought we settled down a bit and played much better basketball."

The Irish trailed 20-5 after the opening Centennial charge and faced a 53-22 deficit by halftime.

Sophomore Hannah Grim, an all-tournament team selection, led the Irish with 23 points in the opener. She knocked down 8 of 12 shots from two-point range and added six rebounds, three steals and three assists.

Kaylie Hanson added eight points and Laura Dennis led the team with seven rebounds.

Grim dropped in 22 more points on Saturday as she knocked down 4 of 11 shots from beyond the arc. Hannah Halterman added 11 points, Hanson scored nine and Meghan Schuster contributed six points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Dennis had five boards and a team-leading six steals.

The Irish traveled to Edina Tuesday and now have a nine-day layoff before making their home debut at Irish Gym against Farmington Dec. 9.