Irish girls can’t slow down Huskers, Rockets


After having another change in the schedule, the Irish girls basketball team headed north for another Central Minnesota Conference match-up with the Holdingford Huskers. Going into the game, the Irish ladies knew the key to their success would be to slow down the CMC’s leading scorer, senior Joelle Ertl, who has been averaging 21 points per game. 
“She’s their team. She’s the one that makes them go,” senior Jessie Wohlrabe said.
It was going to be a task that the team would have to face down one starter, junior Mollie Graham, due to injury, but not one that the ladies wouldn’t back down from.
The Irish got on the board first, with an offensive rebound and bucket by Emily Webb. Both teams battled back-and-forth, relying on defense to make their offense, with the Irish forcing 15 Husker turnovers for the game. Unfortunately, the Irish were unable to capitalize at the offensive end, shooting 23 percent for the game. Every time Ertl touched the ball good things followed for the Huskers. The Irish got into foul trouble early and, by halftime, the Huskers had a 27-17 lead.
The second half the Irish were determined to come out strong and continue to put pressure on Ertl by having her give up the ball and force shots from other players. The Irish were able to make a charge with their inside game of Webb and sophomore Brooklyn Toedter, but it was the outside shooting of the Huskers that continued to shine and the Irish fell 48-29.
“Our defense was giving us a chance, but our offense was stagnant and we couldn’t hit the outside jump shot,” said Wohlrabe.
Webb and Toedter led the Irish with eight points and seven rebounds along with eighth-grader Linsey Rachel with five points and freshman Morgan Scheiber with six rebounds coming off the bench in the second half.  But the play of Ertl was too much for the Irish to overcome. She led all scorers with 34 points.
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