Irish girls run into tough competition


Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted traveled to Maple Lake last Tuesday night at the top of the conference and ranked third in Class AA. Knowing this, the Irish came prepared and ready to play hard just like it was any other team.
Starting the first half, Maple Lake fought hard in the first six minutes of the game, hustling up and down the court and defending the three-point line. The Irish executed their plays on offense and at the 12-minute mark, the Irish led 13-12. After a quick timeout, the Lakers came back out with sharp defense and a high-powered offensive attack. The Lakers went on a 28-6 run which brought them a 40-19 lead to end the first half.
The second half brought less full-court pressure on both ends, but more half-court basketball. Playing with toughness, the Irish kept up their efforts and drew a season-high three charges in one night. The Lakers made nine three-pointers on 36 percent shooting throughout the night. Maple Lake made just a third of nine three-pointers. Unfortunately, the Irish were unable to match the score of HL-W-W, bringing the game to a final score of 71-36 for the visitors.
 “HL-W-W is a well-rounded team with very experienced players,” coach Adam Ronnenberg said. “We battled at the start, but struggled against their full-court pressure, which was the difference in the game.”
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