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Girls basketball: Irish defend home court

It’s been good to be home for the Rosemount girls basketball team so far this season.

In two home games, the Irish have gone 2-0 and outscored their opponents by 60 points. They scored a season-high 82 points during last Tuesday’s 82-57 blowout of Farmington at Irish Gym.

The team then boarded the bus for Lakeville South on Friday and ended up dropping its fourth straight road game 72-56 to the Cougars. The Irish hung within single digits for much of the game, but couldn’t get any closer as they slipped to 2-4 heading into this weekend’s tournament at St. Cloud Tech.

We battled hard and competed hard against one of the state’s best teams,” Rosemount coach Chris Orr said. “We just couldn't string together a stretch of made baskets and defensive stops. It was tough to not be able to get over that hump, but it's a long season and as we continue to see progress and growth our coaches are very excited about the things to come.

Hannah Grim led the Irish with 21 points against Lakeville. Maddy Olson scored 12 and Kalley McMenomy contributed a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The scoring came easy in last Tuesday’s game. Eleven players scored baskets and the Irish shot 59 percent from the floor while disposing of Farmington.

The Irish scored 49 points in the first half and went on a 30-0 run that spanned the final five minutes of the first half and the first four minutes of the second half. Liz Evenocheck sparked the fast start with four three-pointers and 18 first-half points and McMenomy had five put-backs for layups while scoring 12 points on perfect 6-of-6 shooting.

Grim started the second half with 10 straight points and finished with a team-high 20 points to go along with eight steals. Ellie Vraa did a little bit of everything, piling up six points, seven rebounds, five assists and six steals.

Kaylie Hanson and Kylie Ekeren each tacked on seven points.

“It was a great team effort all around for our team to improve to 2-0 at home,” Orr said. “The energy on the defensive end that we had for the last 10 minutes of the first half and first 10 minutes of the second half was fantastic.”