Irish girls' overtime win sandwiched by losses

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by Rachel Latour Monday, Feb. 11, the Irish girls headed to Cathedral for a matchup between two subsection opponents. The last time they played was the first round of the playoffs a year ago. The Irish won that game and advanced to the second round, ending the Crusaders ‘ season for the second year in a row. Maple Lake got off to a very sluggish start and trailed the Crusaders early by a score of 15-0 over the course of the first nine minutes of the game. Avoiding panic, the Irish finished the half on a 17 – 7 run to pull within seven at halftime. Pressure man defense allowed the Irish to pull within one (35-34) with nine minutes to play in the game. Despite calling a few timeouts down the stretch and putting Cathedral to the free-throw line, the Irish simply ran out of time and lost by six with a final score of 57-51. The Irish turned the ball over nine times, compared to 14 by the Crusaders. Cathedral shot 48 percent from the field compared to 35 percent by the Irish. Rebounds were even at 32. Hannah Haegele led the Irish with a season-high 12 points (10 in the second half). Shelby Rachel notched a double-double, with 11 points and 11 rebounds. “I am not quite sure how to keep us from starting games so slowly, but getting down 0-15 is a tough hole to climb out of,” coach Adam Ronnenberg said. “The girls played hard and gave themselves a chance late in the game, which is something to be proud of.
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