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Girls basketball: Irish top Tartan, fall to North

Rosemount sophomore Hannah Grim tries to dribble around a Farmington defender during a recent home game.

A good effort wasn't enough to earn Rosemount a win last week against the state's fourth best girls basketball team.

Rosemount coach Sam McDonald was happy with his team's effort, but the Irish still fell short against Lakeville North in a 46-31 loss Dec. 15.

"We knew we had our work cut out for us," McDonald said. "I thought we played well in the areas of rebounding and taking care of the ball, getting good shots."

Laura Dennis had four rebounds for the Irish and Megan Schuster added three. Hannah Grim led the team in scoring with 12 points.

Rosemount kept the game close early on, trailing 19-13 at one point. But then a 13-0 Panther run broke the game open.

"They just took off on us,"McDonald said.

Things went better in a back-and-forth game Dec. 13 against Tartan.

Rosemount was up 15 points in the first half and 37-31 at halftime, but Tartan came back to take a 58-56 lead before Rosemount wrapped up the win late.

"There was a stretch early in the second half when we didn't take care of the ball as well as we have and they hit some big shots," McDonald said. "We did a good job of gathering ourselves after a few time outs and we came back out and stepped up our rebounding."

Grim again led the Irish with 32 points, including to big threes late. Hannah Halterman added 10 and Ellie Vraa had nine.

Schuster had nine rebounds for the Irish.

"I was really happy with the toughness the girls showed," McDonald said. "It was fun to watch our girls play with a real sense of purpose and toughness throughout the game."