Holdingford can't handle Irish girls

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Thursday, Jan. 24, was a special night as the girls’ basketball team hosted a home game against the Holdingford Huskers on Coaches vs. Cancer night. In support of cancer research, the basketball program shot free throws after the game and with every free throw made, money would be donated toward cancer research. This game was the second of three games between these two teams. Maple Lake won the first matchup 58-54 in the black bracket championship game at the Upsala Holiday tournament. Thursday was also a high-scoring game, in which Maple Lake came out on top, 63-53. The Irish sprang out to an 8-0 lead to start the game, showing they meant business. The Huskers quickly answered with a 10-2 run of their own to tie the game at 10-10. This was the only tie of the game and the only time the Irish didn’t have the lead. Maple Lake shot nearly 50 percent from the floor in the first half compared to 28 percent for the Huskers to progressively extend the lead to 13, 34-21 at the half. Four minutes into the second half, the Irish held a commanding 17-point lead (40-23). Holdingford switched to a zone defense in the second half, which slowed the Irish attack considerably. The lead slowly dissipated as the half wore on and was actually cut to six points with about three minutes to play (59-53). From there the Irish regained their composure and sealed the 10-point victory.
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