Cordes reaches 1,000 career points for Tigers
Senior forward Krista Cordes became just the third female in school history to crack the 1000-point career mark last week, but, ironically, it was a lack of offense that cost the Tigers a pair of Missota Conference games.
Thursday coach Brent Grengs' squad lost a 46-42 home court decision to Northfield. The following night the Tigers dropped a 46-38 verdict to Red Wing at Farmington Middle School West.
Cordes' big moment came late in the second quarter of the Northfield game when she hit a 10-foot jumper from the left side for her 1000th career point. The game was stopped and former Tigers Julie (Bauer) Mogensen and Lisa (Sowieja) Wood, the other members of the FHS female 1000-point Club, presented her with the game ball.
"That is an outstanding accomplishment," Grengs said. "When you stop and think that in all of school history only seven players have ever made it to 1000 points ... It couldn't happen to a nicer person."
Thursday night was also Senior Night, with Grengs starting 12th graders Cordes, Michele Swedin, Katie Sturm, Erin Jones and Sara Lindstrom.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair with the Raiders overcoming a 12-7 first-quarter deficit to take a 24-21 halftime lead.
The Tigers used a 12-5 third-quarter run to re-take the lead but the Raiders clawed back to take a 42-39 lead on a three-pointer by Jana Malecha with 58 seconds to play.
Two free throws by Brittany Peterson upped the Northfield lead to five points before Cordes' three-pointer made it 44-42 with 20 seconds remaining. Two more free throws by the visitors accounted for their final margin of victory.
Cordes finished with 20 points and Jones added 12 to supply almost all of the Farmington offense. Malecha and Peterson had 21 and 14 respectively for Northfield.
Cordes and Jamie Haas each had six rebounds for Farmington. Cordes had three steals and Swedin delivered three assists.
"We did the job defensively," Grengs said. "We just haven't been able to find the offensive fire power to make the difference in close games."
Northfield 7-17-5-17 46
Farmington 12-9-12-9 42
Farmington: Cordes 20, Jones 12, Swedin 4, Feely 4, Sturm 2
Northfield: Malecha 21, Peterson 14, Young 4, Behr 4, Purcell 2, Link 1
Vs Red Wing
The loss to Red Wing was a yo-yo for the Tigers, as they played well every other quarter. Thirty of their 38 points came in the first and third quarters.
"It's the same story of lack of offensive consistency," Grengs said. "This game was a smaller version of our entire season."
Cordes (seven points) and Jones (five) provided an offensive spark in the first quarter as Farmington jumped to a 16-12 lead.
But between periods it was like someone put a lid of the Farmington baskets. The Tigers made just one of 10 from the floor in the second period and went to intermission trailing 22-19.
The teams played to standstill in a well-played third quarter with Cordes supplying eight of the 14 Farmington points.
Down three with a quarter to play, the shooting again went south. The Tigers hit just two of 11 field goal tries over the final eight minutes.
"With the exception of one game over the past five, we have given up an average of 37 points," Grengs said. "That is awesome defense. You can't ask for anything better than that.... But you have to score if you expect to win."
Cordes had a game-high 21 points and Jones added eight to again account for the Tiger's share of the Farmington attack. Angie Hartmann led the Wingers with 17.
Cordes was the leading Farmington rebounder with seven; Swedin led in assists with three.
Red Wing 12-10-14-10 46
Farmington 16-3-14-5 38
Farmington: Cordes 21, Jones 8, Feely 5, Harms 2, Sturm 2
Red Wing: Hartmann 17, Eberlein 10, Tebbe 8, Jaeger 6, Rooney 2, Novak 2, Nettling 1