Irish Fall to Lakers

By Brenda Erdahl, Sports Editor. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted was in it to win Thursday, Jan. 18, after falling to the Irish girls basketball team earlier in the season. The Lakers played with an intensity the Irish couldn’t beat, and the Maple Lake team fell 42-38 to their opponent on HL-W-W’s home court. The Irish put up a good fight, using full court pressure to stifle the Lakers in the first half, holding them to just 16 points. By the break, Maple Lake was up 20-16. Maple Lake held onto a six-point lead through the opening minutes of the second half, but began to struggle as the half wore on. Neither team shot very well from the floor, even though the Lakers can boast to having the top scorer in the Central Minnesota Conference. Despite struggling to make baskets, the Lakers capitalized when they needed to down the stretch and the Irish trailed by as many as five late in the game. Maple Lake didn’t have the firepower to overcome it. Linsey Rachel led scoring for the Irish with 11 points, 13 rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Grace Heying outworked the Laker post on her way to 10 points and six rebounds. “We actually played well, but lost some confidence on the offensive end. I thought HLWW played like they had something to prove in the second half and we didn’t match their intensity until it was too late. We’ll be stronger for it,” coach Adam Ronnenberg said. Maple Lake shot a season low four for 16 from the free throw line, and had a season low on turnovers with 12. The Irish outrebounded the Lakers by 1, 37-36. The Irish will host Kimball, Friday, Jan. 26, at 7:15 p.m; it is also parent’s night.

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