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Struggles continue for Irish girls
In their second home game, the Irish girls basketball team took on the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles Tuesday, Dec. 17. With a height disadvantage, the Irish used their quick abilities to get on the boards.
Maple Lake trailed early, following a 6-0 run by EV-W. Team speed was the difference maker as Maple Lake hustled their way to a lead, 14-12 with 11 minutes to play in the first half. Putting up many shots and recovering offensive rebounds, Brooklyn Toedter dominated the glass with a career-high 15 rebounds. Moving up and down the court, the Irish worked to execute their plays and get good looks to the basket. EV-W closed the half on a 16-5 run for a 28-19 advantage.
The Irish sprung out of the gate in the second half on a 5-0 run, trimming the lead to four points. Unfortunately for the Irish, that was as close as they got. EV-W shot nearly 50 percent from the floor and eventually extended their lead to the final score of 56-40.
Rayne Coughlin led the team in scoring with a career high 19.
“Despite the loss, we did some things really well,” coach Adam Ronnenberg said. “We handled the ball well and gave ourselves opportunities all night long. We have to find a way defensively to stop teams. That said, we are still searching for our identity and will use the holiday break to continue our efforts.”
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