Irish win two


Macy Wurm shoots over the head of a Pierz defender. She had 10 points in the Irish win. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The Irish girls’ basketball team is 2-2 after two wins last week.
On Tuesday, Dec. 6, Maple Lake traveled to Spectrum and came away with a 57-49 win. On Friday, Dec. 9, the Irish hosted Pierz and won the Central Minnesota Conference dual 51-39.
Tuesday’s game was a rough and tumble contest with a lot of sticky situations and turnovers.
Maple Lake trailed 1-0 in the early seconds of the game, then went on a 7-0 run to take the lead, and never looked back.
The Irish’s full court pressure kept the Sting off balance in the first half, coach Adam Ronnenberg said, but the Maple Lake ballhandlers were thrown off when Spectrum started playing pressure man of their own, forcing them into sticky situations that resulted in turnovers.
As a result, Maple Lake led by just five, 28-23, at the half.
The Irish led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but the Sting didn’t let up, cutting the lead to as few as seven before falling to Maple Lake.
Linsey Rachel paced the Irish with 17 points, nine rebounds and six steals.
Meanwhile, Macy Wurm shot skillfully from the perimeter, knocking down four three pointers on her way to 14 points.
“The game had very little flow because of the number of fouls,” Ronnenberg said after the contest. “In a game this rough and tumble, we were glad to come out of it with a win. However, we plan to work on taking care of the ball better.”

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