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Girls basketball: Irish crush Burnsville and Apple Valley

Rosemount’s Liz Evenocheck drives with the ball during a recent game.

The Rosemount girls basketball team inched back toward the .500 mark with two of its most lopsided wins of the season last week.

The Irish shot 51 percent from the floor and pulled ahead 35-19 by halftime in a 78-52 rout of Burnsville last Tuesday at Irish Gym. Back on the home court Friday night, they avenged a loss to Apple Valley a month earlier with a 77-45 blowout of the Eagles.

The Irish are now 11-12 overall and tied with Prior Lake for fifth in the South Suburban Conference at 7-9 heading into the final week of the regular season.

“Getting two conference wins in any week is a great week, but the way we did it holding the lead for the entire game both games and most importantly playing as a team on both ends of the court was fun to watch,” Rosemount coach Chris Orr said. “We have stressed all year we wanted to play our best come the end of February and into March and we are taking steps in the right direction to be able to do that.”

Ten players scored against Burnsville, led by Hannah Grim with 24 points. Ellie Vraa scored 12 points and Maddy Olson added nine.

Kaylie Hanson chipped in with eight points and Nikki Grim had seven points and nine rebounds.

Against Apple Valley, Hannah Grim rang up 26 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead 12 Rosemount scorers. Olson, Sam Caruth and Liz Evenocheck each tacked on eight points and hauled in five rebounds.

Rosemount traveled to Bloomington Jefferson on Tuesday and won 75-66. The team closes out the regular season at home tomorrow night with Senior Night against Prior Lake. The winner will take fifth place outright in the SSC.