Short-handed Irish girls lose two


The Irish matched up for the second time this year with the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jags. Having a home-court advantage, the Irish were ready to defend their place on Monday night. The Jags beat the Irish before the holidays so the Irish were looking for a little revenge.
Maple Lake’s lineup looked considerably different due to a rash of injury and illness. The game was underway and the Irish struggled to score against the matchup zone defense of the Jags. Both teams played tough defense, making it difficult to score. Emily Webb notched her second double-double of the year scoring 13 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. The Irish put forth tremendous efforts but could not get their shots to fall. As the clock ran out into halftime, the Irish trailed 21-11.
The Irish started the second half with strong intentions. They displayed some offensive firepower in the second half but didn’t defend with the same intensity. Battling on both ends, the Irish and the Jags tied their rebounds, grabbing 35 out of the net. As the half went on, the Irish hustled up and down the court getting multiple attempts at the basket and receiving great assists from their teammates. Struggling to stay with the Jags, the Irish ended the game with a 53-39 loss.
 “We are battling each and every day,” coach Adam Ronnenberg said. “The injuries the team has endured have been tough, but it is providing opportunity for some of our underclassmen.”
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