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Girls basketball: Turnover trouble

Rosemount's Gabby Sprang goes up for a shot during the first half of last Tuesday 68-43 loss to Wayzata.

Turnovers and poor shooting continued to plague the Rosemount girls basketball team in its home opener last Tuesday night at Irish Gym.

The Irish gave the ball away 29 times and shot just 30 percent from the field in a 68-43 loss to Wayzata.

"We also gave up 11 offensive rebounds and you won't win many games when you give teams 40 extra possessions," Rosemount coach Chris Orr said. "We once again shot poorly and basketball is a difficult game when the ball is not going in the hoop."

Wayzata led by as many as 25 points just after halftime, but had to turn it on after the Irish crept back within 12 with four minutes to go.

"To the girls' credit we kept working hard ... but we just ran out of gas," Orr said. "The last couple of days and today at practice the focus will be on fundamentals, taking care of the basketball, rebounding and understanding what a great shot is."

Forty-one of Rosemount's 43 points came from three players - Hannah Grim, Hannah Halterman and Kaylie Hanson. Grim led the way with a team-high 18 points, but shot just 7 of 25 from the field. Halterman scored 12 points and Hanson drilled a pair of threes in the second half en route to 11 points.

Meghan Schuster grabbed team-high eight rebounds and Hanson and Gabby Sprang added five apiece.

"We are going to make a few minor changes to the offense to hopefully make it easier for the girls and continue to get the girls reps in practice so they can continue to get more comfortable in our offense," Orr said.

The Irish (1-2) are back in action tonight at Farmington. The South Suburban Conference season begins next Thursday at home against Bloomington Jefferson.