Girls win first playoff game in years

The Maple Lake girls basketball team won its first playoff game since 2012 on Thursday, March 2, at home when the Irish took on the Spectrum Sting and triumphed 41-31.
Two days later, on Saturday, March 4, the No. 8 seeded Maple Lake fell to No. 1 seed Watertown-Mayer 62-32 in the second round of the Section 5AA Tournament to end the season at St. Michael-Albertville.
“It is never enjoyable when your season comes an end, but we have so many things to be proud of.  We haven’t played in the second round of playoffs for five years,” coach Adam Ronnenberg said.
Not only have the Irish not won a section game in years, the team hasn’t hosted one since 2011. Armed with the home-court advantage, the Maple Lake ball-handlers came out ready to play, Thursday, anxious to beat a team they had already beaten once this year.
The Irish put the full-court pressure on right away and tried to create offense with their defense. With the score tied 13-13 about midway through the first half, Maple Lake went on an 8-0 run to take a 21-13 lead.
The Irish’s offensive fire power dried up after that, allowing Spectrum to finish the first half on an 8-0 run of their own to tie the game 21-21 at the break.

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