Offensive struggles continue for Irish girls in two losses


Maple Lake went into the Dec. 10 girls basketball game against the Dassel-Cokato Chargers knowing the pressure was on, literally. Forming a diagonal press against the Irish, the Chargers were able to discombobulate the court. Playing against tough pressure, the girls fought but couldn’t keep up.  
The Irish focused on handling the ball and staying strong. In the early minutes of the game, Maple Lake came out and played zone against the strong post play of the Chargers. Defensively, the Irish kept the Chargers in check for the first 15 minutes of the game. The Chargers closed the half on an 11-3 run, leaving the score 28-18 at the break.
Starting the second half, the Irish defense came out strong, cutting the Charger lead to six, five minutes in. From there, the full-court pressure from Dassel-Cokato proved to be too much as the Irish only scored seven points in the remaining 13 minutes of the game. Ending the game, the final score was 54-29. The Irish left all their effort and determination on the court. Unfortunately, not getting the results they wanted, they learned a lot and worked to improve from their mistakes for the future.
“We executed our game plan on the defensive end pretty well,” head coach Adam Ronnenberg said. “Slowing their pace and forcing long shot kept us in the game.”
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