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Girls basketball: Upset bid falls short

Rosemount senior Hannah Grim closed in on the program scoring record with 28 points in Friday's 61-58 loss.

A frantic last-minute rally left Rosemount three points short in its bid for an upset of seventh-ranked Bloomington Kennedy Friday night.

Trailing by nine points with 53 seconds left, the Irish got a three-pointer from Kaylie Hanson and two more from Hannah Grim to make things interesting. However, the visiting Eagles made three free throws in their final two possessions to close out a 61-58 South Suburban Conference road win.

“The teams battled back and forth and it came down to a one-possession difference. I think are girls really saw that when we commit to executing a game plan we can play with anybody on any given night,” Rosemount coach Chris Orr said. “Kennedy is a very good team, a top 10 team in the state, and we were one possession away from beating them.”

The Irish trailed 33-28 at the break, but battled back to tie the score at 35-all early in the second half. The teams traded baskets over the next several minutes and the game was still tied at 43-43 with 8:51 to go. That’s when the Eagles made their move, scoring seven unanswered points over the next four minutes to go up 50-43.

Senior Hannah Grim tossed in a game-high 28 points for the Irish, putting her within four points of the girls’ school record. She made four three-pointers and added three rebounds and three steals.

Liz Evenocheck added 11 points and seven rebounds and Hansen had seven points and four assists.

Kennedy matched Rosemount’s 36-percent shooting from the floor, but made 19 of 28 free throws while the Irish were just 2 of 5.

The Irish hosted top-ranked Eastview on Tuesday and are back at Irish Gym tomorrow night against Eagan.