Irish fall to NY-A, D-C

Sports Editor
The Maple Lake girls basketball team suffered two tough losses last week to start the season, but coaches still feel they are moving in the right direction.
The Irish opened the season on Tuesday, Nov. 29, on the road at Norwood-Young America where they fell 57-32 to the Raiders who qualified for state last year and return the core of their team this year, putting them in the top 10 preseason poll for Class AA.
On Thursday, Dec. 1, Maple Lake hosted Dassel-Cokato, a non-conference, non-section opponent, with a formidable front court starring a 6-foot, 2-inch senior, and lost 51-46.
NY-A jumped to a quick 13-0 lead behind some dominating post play, and never looked back. Maple Lake settled into the game and found some rhythm on offense by closing out the first half on a 9-1 run, but still trailed by 15 at the half, 32-17, coach Adam Ronnenberg said.
Poor shooting and timing on offense plagued the Irish from the get-go, and they were unable to overcome the deficit.
Macy Wurm paced the Maple Lake team with 12 points, connecting on three, three pointers. Morgan Scheiber battled her way to 11 rebounds.
“Despite the loss, I feel like the girls are focused on correcting mistakes and getting back to work,” Ronnenberg said. “We rebounded well and defended the perimeter well, but need to focus on the timing and efficiency of our offense.”
As a team, the Irish shot 25 percent from the floor compared to the Raiders’ 40 percent. Maple Lake out-rebounded NY-A 38-36, but had 28 turnovers to just 14 by the Raiders.
The Irish jumped to an early 9-0 lead against the Chargers with some formidable full court pressure. The lead didn’t last long, though, as midway through the first half, D-C went on a 15-2 run to take a four-point lead. Maple Lake used scrappy defense and found themselves with a two-point lead at the half.
The Chargers came out of halftime appearing much more confident offensively, Ronnenberg said, and took over the lead for good with about 12 minutes to go in the game.

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