CLINTON — Seniors never want to lose the last game of their high school careers on their home floor. The Prince of Peace Irish did on Thursday, losing to Tri-Rivers foe Midland 66-52 at Central Catholic Auditorium.
“It’s a shame for the seniors to go out that way,” Irish coach Gerry Murphy said. “They are a super group, and I’m really going to miss them. It’s a teary-eyed locker room in there.”
Prince of Peace (10-11) did hold a first-quarter lead, but once Midland started attacking the Irish in the paint, things went downhill for the home team.
“We lost momentum there in the second quarter, and they took it to us,” Murphy said. “We had to battle back for the next three quarters, but they kept up with us, and answered every time we tried to make a run.”
Midland (9-13) held the Irish to four points in the second quarter while scoring 15. Ben Carstensen scored eight points alone, while Colton Dirks sank a late 3-pointer near the top of the arc.
“They came in and really played tough,” Murphy said. “Give them credit; they were the better team tonight.”
Murphy said the Irish defense did a nice job shutting down Midland guard Connor Harms, but he admitted that the defense was far from perfect.
“They got the ball into Carstenson, and he had a great game,” he said. “They hit some timely shots; we kept battling, but the effort was there.”
One senior ending his career on Thursday was Nic Roth, and the feeling was a rough yet simple one after the game.
“It really sucks losing in front of the home fans,” he said. “We didn’t execute at all tonight, and when we tried to fight back, it was too big of a hole.