by Brenda Erdahl Sports Editor
The Maple Lake girls basketball team sealed its seventh win of the year against Glencoe-Silver Lake last week before falling 66-50 to Concordia Academy at the GSL Holiday Tournament. The Irish traveled to G-SL on Wednesday, Dec. 27 and Thursday, Dec. 28, for the two-day event. The first game pitted them against the AA Panthers for the first time in several years. The Irish won 53-48. After a slow start, G-SL took control in the waning minutes of the first half on an 8-2 run to give them a six point, 14-20, lead at the break. The Panthers stifled the Irish attack with a 2-3 zone defense. After some small offensive adjustments, the Irish started the second half on a 14-5 run. After 18 ties and/or lead changes, the Irish took control behind a 6-0 run to take a 48-43 lead with two minutes remaining. From there, the Maple Lake ball-handlers protected their lead for their seventh win of the season. Linsey Rachel had her fifth double-double of the year with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Grace Heying powered her way to her first career double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds. While Maple Lake struggled with ball control Wednesday, turning it over 21 times to just nine by G-SL, the Irish’s defense smothered the Panthers, holding the team to just 27 percent shooting. The Irish also dominated the glass 54-37. “I am really proud of how hard the girls played. We defended as well as we have all year and it showed against a strong offensive team,” coach Adam Ronnenberg said. The Irish saw another new team the next day in Concordia Academy. Like G-SL, while in the same class, Concordia Academy is in a different section and conference.
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