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Girls basketball: Disappointing second half leads to loss at Eagan

A promising first half gave way to a disappointing second half for the Rosemount girls basketball team last Thursday in Eagan.

The Irish saw a 12-point lead disappear as they turned the ball over 11 times, gave up 11 offensive rebounds and made just 4 of 15 shots from the free-throw line in the final 18 minutes of a 63-55 South Suburban Conference loss to the Wildcats.

"The second half they came out right away and hit a couple threes and we tightened up and started rushing ourselves on offense and didn't contest their shots as well as we did in the first half," Rosemount coach Chris Orr said. "From there on it was a back and forth game and in the end they made more plays down the stretch than we did."

The collapse seemed to come out of nowhere considering the Irish played some of their best basketball of the season while accumulating a 34-22 lead.

"The first half we came out as the aggressor both on offense and defense. We were doing a great job of defending their ball screens and contesting all of their shots when we were on defense," Orr said. "On offense we were handling their press well and getting easy buckets off of it."

The Irish shot 44 percent from the floor, but made just one three-pointer to Eagan's six and totaled 8 of 19 from the charity stripe.

Hannah Grim led the team with 15 points on 6 of 19 shooting. Meghan Schuster gritted out eight points and 14 rebounds and Hannah Halterman scored 11 points and handed out four assists.

The Irish (5-9) opened the week with a 71-33 loss to second-ranked (Class 4A) Eastview last Tuesday in Apple Valley.

Grim finished with 22 of the team's 33 points, but made just 8 of 23 shots. Ten other players combined to make five field goals in 19 attempts.

"Offensively, the stats speak for themselves.... For us to make that next step we need others to step up with confidence and put the ball in the hoop," Orr said. "The game of basketball is very difficult when you have trouble putting the ball in the hoop."

Schuster grabbed a team-high eight boards.

The Irish are back at Irish Gym tomorrow night against Lakeville North.