Girls basketball: Shooting holds Irish back during losing streak
Rosemount girls basketball coach Sam McDonald has been pretty satisfied with many aspects of his team's performance during its current four-game losing streak.
But everything else goes out the window when you're trying to hang with good teams while shooting 32 percent.
The Irish went cold late and were outscored 17-4 down the stretch in a 58-43 South Suburban Conference road loss to Lakeville South last Tuesday. The same thing happened at Irish Gym Friday night against fourth-ranked (Class 4A) Bloomington Kennedy when the Irish, who trailed by 10 points just after the break, scored just 16 points in the second half.
"The frustrating part right now is we're playing pretty well in a lot of areas. I think we're rebounding well, our defense is playing okay, but in the last stretch of games our shooting from the field is really struggling," McDonald said. "A lot of times poor shooting puts a negative tone over the rest of the game."
Sophomore guard Hannah Grim accounted for nearly half of the team's points against Kennedy. She scored 23 points on 9 of 21 shooting from the floor, including three three-pointers. Megan Schuster, Kaylie Hanson and Ellie Vraa each added six points.
The team also struggled rebounding against the taller Eagles, hauling in just 18 rebounds. Hannah Halterman, Taylor Grzywacz and Schuster led the way with four apiece.
The Irish were able to stay within striking distance for much of last Tuesday's loss to Lakeville South. After falling behind 20-6 early on, they crept within 33-24 by halftime and closed the gap to 41-39 before the Cougars pulled away.
"I was proud of the effort they had plugging away in that game," McDonald said. "Our shooting from the field and at the free-throw line ended up really hurting us."
Rosemount finished 8 of 23, or 35 percent, from the charity stripe.
Grim led the team with 15 points and five steals. Schuster added 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals.
The Irish returned home to take on Eastview Tuesday night and are back at Irish Gym tomorrow night against Eagan.