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Girls basketball: Farmington beaten at the buzzer

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Girls basketball: Farmington beaten at the buzzer
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Farmington's second 10-game losing streak of the season couldn't have come in more heartbreaking fashion.

The Tigers trailed by 15 points in the second half last Thursday at home against Hastings, but took the lead with seven seconds left on a jump shot by Alicia Hett. The Raiders' guard then quickly dribbled the ball back the other way and found an open teammate, who knocked down a jumper of her own to give the visitors a 51-50 victory at Tiger Gym.

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The Tigers mounted the big comeback despite missing regulars Kaitlyn Gorden and Abby Gallus due to illness, and having to play around Sydney Speer's early foul trouble. Sofia Chadwick scored 14 points, including a three-pointer in the final minute that made it a one-point game. Hett scored all 12 of her points during the second-half rally, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out six assists and Leah Hammond added 12 points on four three-pointers. Jordyn Homeier chipped in eight points.

"It was a heartbreaker for the girls. I was impressed again with how composed we played," head coach Sondra Chadwick said. "It says a lot about how far these girls have come when they are able to come back from a 15-point deficit to get the lead."

After scoring a season-low 24 points against Shakopee four days earlier, the Tigers played better in a 62-50 loss to fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Chaska last Tuesday at Tiger Gym.

"I was very happy with our game, even though we were not on the winning end," Chadwick said. "We played one of our better overall games."

The Hawks got 44 of their points from the trio of 6-foot post players Ellie Thompson, Kendall Baab and Page Stanberry.

"We did a very good job of containing their guards, but our height differential with teams that are that big and talented is difficult to overcome," Chadwick said.

Sofia Chadwick finished with 16 points and six assists. Aly Grebner added 10 points and Speer contributed six points, seven rebounds and five steals.

The Tigers (2-20) hosted fifth-ranked New Prague Tuesday and wrap up their four-game homestand against Holy Angels tomorrow night at Tiger Gym. The Stars won the last meeting 60-45 Jan. 18 in Richfield.

Missota Conference

Chaska 8-2

Chanhassen 8-2

Red Wing 7-3

Shakopee 7-3

New Prague 6-4

Holy Angels 2-8

Northfield 2-8

Farmington 0-10

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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