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Boys basketball: Irish lose to Jefferson

Matt Stephenson scored 72 points in three games last week.

The Rosemount basketball team hasn’t been the same since senior point guard Garrett Goetz went down with a foot injury two weeks ago.

With Goetz running the point, the Irish went 10-3 and reached the top 10 in the state rankings. In his absence, they’ve gone 1-4 and have been less efficient on the offensive end — turning the ball over 45 times in three games last week. The team also continued to struggle on the boards, managing just eight rebounds in Friday’s 66-57 South Suburban conference road loss at Bloomington Jefferson.

“We need to do a much better job on the defensive boards if we are going to win games in our conference. We still have the talent to be a successful team and we will find a way to get back to playing at a very high level again,” Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said. “We did not play at a very high level in any of our three games this week. We are adjusting to playing without a few guys. We will get better and make adjustments that will put is in spots to win games.”

The Irish scored just 19 points in the first half Friday in Bloomington. The offense warmed up after the break, scoring 38 points, but Jefferson scored 40 of its own to hold off Rosemount’s rally.

Matt Stephenson led the Irish with 23 points, his third 20-plus point game of the week. He made 11 of 12 free throws and all six of his two-point attempts.

Cole Northwick scored 10 points and Tyler Hartigan added nine. Logan Halvorson supplied half of the team’s eight rebounds and grabbed four steals.

Last Tuesday, the Irish hung with top-ranked Apple Valley for a while before the Eagles pulled away for 77-57 win at Irish Gym.

Duke recruit Tyus Jones scored a game-high 23 points for the Eagles, now 17-1 overall.

Stephenson led the Irish with 21 points and five rebounds. Northwick added 19 points, but the rest of the Rosemount lineup could muster just 17 points.

The Irish shot 44 percent from the floor, made just 4 of 18 shots from beyond the arc, and turned the ball over 15 times.

The Irish opened the week with a 76-71 win over Hermantown last Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Classic in Duluth.

Stephenson led four players in double figures with 28 points. He was 9 for 10 from the free-throw line and made all three of his attempts from downtown. Northwick added three trifectas of his own while scoring 13 points and Hartigan and Jared Hanson scored 10 apiece.

The Irish (11-7, 4-6) overcame a season-high 20 turnovers by shooting 52 percent and knocking down 11 threes.