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Girls basketball: State's best sweep Rosemount

No team in the state played a tougher schedule last week than the Rosemount girls basketball team.

Two of the top three teams in Class 4A came to Irish Gym for South Suburban Conference games last week and both came away with victories. No. 3 Eastview drilled 12 of 17 shots from beyond the three-point arc and 20 of 23 from the free-throw line in shooting down the Irish 80-54 last Tuesday, and No. 1 Bloomington Kennedy stayed a game up on the Lightning at 14-0 in the league by shooting a stifling 65 percent from two-point range in a 76-52 win Friday night.

"This week was a tough week, but I was very pleased with our effort and the way we competed," Rosemount coach Chris Orr said. "Obviously we didn't get the win we were looking for, but we improved and that's all you can ask as a coach."

Some of that improvement was on display in the first half against Eastview when the Irish played the Lightning even at 21-21 over the first 11-plus minutes. The visitors pulled away with a 20-6 run to end the half and never looked back.

"We got cold and they got hot and that continued the rest of the game," Orr said.

Hannah Grim led the Irish with 19 points. Hannah Halterman and Kaylie Hanson each added nine points and Kalley McMenomy hauled in a team-high seven rebounds.

Fast starts to each half gave Kennedy its big lead on Friday night. The Eagles took advantage of their 13 offensive rebounds and forced 18 Irish turnovers.

Grim led the home team with 20 points. Halterman joined her in double figures with 11 and Liz Evenocheck and Ellie Vraa each tacked on six.

The Irish (6-16) tried to put an end to their seven-game losing skid Tuesday against Eagan.