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Girls basketball: Grim adds to scoring mark as Irish top Eagan

The big crowd in attendance for Rosemount’s first Hall of Fame Night got to see the Irish come away with a victory Friday night.

After shooting a season-low 20 percent in the first half, the Irish warmed up against an Eagan team with just two wins to its credit and hung on for a 61-54 South Suburban Conference win at Irish Gym.

“It was a great bounce-back win and not only a conference win, but a district win and a win against a section opponent,” Rosemount coach Chris Orr said. “All week we talked about the importance of preparation and expecting to win and the girls came out and executed our game plan on defense very well.”

The Irish also helped their own cause by grabbing 12 offensive rebounds and attacking the basket, which produced a season-high 35 free-throw attempts. Senior Hannah Grim, who became the school’s all-time leading scorer earlier in the week, made 15 of 23 free throws and grabbed eight rebounds on her way to a game-high 32 points. The Marquette recruit now has 1,468 career points.

Kalley McMenomy added eight points and nine rebounds and Liz Evenocheck and Maddy Olson tacked on seven points apiece.

“We doubled our shooting percentage in the second half and continued to play team defense,” Orr said. “We also had some girls step up and hit some big shots like Maddy Olson, Liz Evenocheck and Kaylie Hanson. Kalley McMenomy and Ellie Vraa did a fantastic job crashing the boards and keeping possessions alive.”

The Irish couldn’t get much offense going outside of Grim in last Tuesday’s loss at No. 1-ranked Eastview. The Lightning led 30-22 at the break and marched to 11-0 with a 67-50 triumph.

“We were right there for a while, but just couldn’t get those extra stops on defense and became too stagnant on offense,” Orr said. “When you play the No. 1 team in the state you have to play a complete game and we had stretches where we played well and stretches where we didn’t.”

Grim scored a school single-game record 38 of Rosemount’s 50 points. She connected on 5 of 6 three-pointers and made 11 of 12 free throws.

“She's obviously a phenomenal scorer of the basketball and lately has done it against arguably the best in Kenisha Bell from Kennedy and future teammate at Marquette, who is considered by many the best on the ball defender in the state. Then versus Eastview, which is one of the best team defensive teams in the state, she scored a school-record 38 points,” Orr said. “I know that was one of Hannah's goals going into the season was to break the all-time record, but I know she just wants to win more than anything and right now we are 5-6 overall which is one less win than we had all last year.”

The Irish are back on the road for a pair of conference games this week as they travel to Burnsville Tuesday and Lakeville North Friday.