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Girls basketball: Shooting goes cold at Apple Valley

Just like the Rosemount girls hockey team, the Rosemount girls basketball team's season came to an end with a trip to Apple Valley.

The sixth-seeded Irish scored just 14 points in the first half and shot 26 percent from the floor in a 69-39 loss to the third-seeded Eagles last Wednesday night in the opening round of the Section 3AAAA tournament. It was the eighth time the Irish were held under 40 points in a game during their 9-18 season.

The Eagles led by 14 points at the break, then pulled away by outscoring the Irish 41-25 in the second half.

Apple Valley improved to 15-12 with its second win over Rosemount in three tries this season, but was knocked out of the tournament after a 59-55 loss to Park of Cottage Grove last Saturday.

Rosemount leading scorer Hannah Grim, who entered averaging over 20 points per game, was held to 10 points on 5 of 25 shooting and missed all nine of her three-point attempts. She finished the season with an average of 20.2 points per contest.

Hannah Halterman also scored 10 points and grabbed a team-high five steals and three rebounds and freshman Ellie Vraa connected on all five of her free throws, scored seven points and grabbed five boards.

The loss ended the careers of three seniors who saw action for the Irish this season - Kyia Burks-Lankford Laura Dennis and Taylor Grzywacz. Dennis hauled in seven rebounds, grabbed three steals and blocked two shots in her final game and Grzywacz scored five points and brought down two rebounds.

Notes: The Irish finished with a record of 9-18 and lost to Apple Valley in the section tournament for the second consecutive season... The team averaged 49 points per game and allowed 62.2 points per game.