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Girls basketball: Potential shows against Jefferson

The Rosemount girls basketball team went from “energetic” to “stagnant” in a span of one day last week.

After routing Bloomington Kennedy 71-36 in their South Suburban Conference opener last Thursday at Irish Gym, the Irish were on the other end of a 63-41 loss Friday night at Shakopee.

“For as much energy and efficiency we had on Thursday it was the exact opposite the next day at Shakopee. We never could really get in a groove on either end of the court,” Rosemount coach Chris Orr said. “We didn’t attack the rim at all on offense and were very stagnant. I don’t know what it was, but we hadn’t seen that from our team all year.”

The 4-1 Sabers limited the Irish to 29 percent shooting while connecting on 51 percent of their shots and canning 10 three-pointers in their home opener. Scoring leader Hannah Grim was held to 12 points on 4 of 19 shooting and Kaylie Hanson was the only other Rosemount player in double figures with 11 points.

Kalley McMenomy added seven points and a team-best seven rebounds.

A day earlier it was the Irish scorching the nets with 51 percent shooting in their home-opening romp over Jefferson.

The Irish started the game with a 17-3 run, which was sparked by several easy transition baskets after Jefferson turnovers. Later, a 24-0 spurt pushed Rosemount in front 58-18.

“Unlike our first two games we played a complete 36-minute game on offense and defense and came out of the gates flying,” Orr said. “Our defensive energy was fantastic which lead to us getting easy buckets in transition and when we were forced to play half-court we executed well and made some shots.”

Grim led the Irish with 24 points on 10 of 15 shooting. McMenomy reached double figures with 10 points and five rebounds and Ellie Vraa scored eight points, hauled in five rebounds and handed out four assists.

Hanson and Liz Evenocheck each tacked on seven points. Seventeen players saw court time in the blowout.

“It was good to get everyone in the game and get a lot of the girls their first-ever varsity minutes,” Orr said.

The Irish opened the week by shooting 27 percent from the floor in a 60-41 loss to Park in Cottage Grove.

Grim led the team with 20 points and added five rebounds and four steals. Hanson scored 12 points and McMenomy had seven rebounds.

The Irish resume their South Suburban Conference schedule tomorrow night at Lakeville South.