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Boys basketball: Offense struggles late in loss to Jefferson

When the three-pointers aren't falling, offense has been tough to come by for the Rosemount boys basketball team this winter.

The Irish have averaged just 52 points a game over their last seven outings, and produced just 17 points in the second half of Friday night's 52-43 South Suburban Conference loss to Bloomington Jefferson at Irish Gym. Cole Northwick knocked down four three-pointers, but the rest of the team combined to go just 2 of 16 from beyond the arc.

"The game was close at half time, but Jefferson played a lot tougher than we did throughout the game. The four charges that they drew and their offensive board advantage really hurt us," Irish coach Bryan Schnettler said. "Teams are starting to guard us a little differently and we need to adjust and have some other guys step up."

Garrett Goetz led the team with 13 points and five assists. Sophomores Tyler Hartigan and Kyle Kaupa stepped up to score nine and seven points, respectively. Northwick supplied six of the team's 20 rebounds.

The second half was also decisive in last Tuesday's league matchup at Apple Valley. The Eagles, ranked second in the state in Class 4A, scored 46 points after the break and rolled to their 14th straight victory, 74-53.

"We did not play with the energy-emotion-passion that you need to in order to beat a top team in the state. Hopefully we can learn the level that we need to be at in order to compete with the top teams," Schnettler said. "We had some guys do some nice things in this game, but our passion level was nowhere near where it needed to be."

Goetz scored a team-high 13 points. Logan Halvorson and Northwick each chipped in seven.

Jack Kessler hauled in a team-leading five rebounds.

The Irish (5-11) traveled to Prior Lake (10-5) Tuesday and are back home tomorrow night against Lakeville South (7-9).