Poor shooting dooms Irish girls in back-to-back games

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The subsection opponent Foley came to town on Monday, Feb. 4, for a key matchup game. Considering Foley had a 6’5’’ post player, playing tough post defense would be crucial if the Irish wanted to get a victory. However, the home team fell short, 58-48. Pounding the ball inside to their 6’5” post player, the Falcons led the Irish by as many as six in the first half. Despite solid rebounding and shutting down all but one player, the Irish trailed by a mere four points at the half, 21-25. Foley went on a 9-2 run to start the second half, putting the Irish in a significant hole. Not going down without a fight, the Irish hustled their way back into the game. They cut the lead to four once again (40-36) after a steal and three-point play made by sophomore Emily Webb with just eight minutes to play. Trailing by nine with four minutes to play, Hannah Haegele hit a three to cut the deficit to six. But that was as close as the Irish would get as they eventually lost by 10. Though undersized, the Irish won the rebounding battle 42-40. The Irish handled the ball very well, only turning it over nine times on the game. However, Maple Lake shot a mere 26 percent from the floor.
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