The Farmington girls basketball team will take an 0-9 record into its holiday tournament for the second straight year, but head coach Sondra Chadwick thinks her team may have some momentum to build on heading into the Dec. 27 game against Watertown-Mayer at the Monticello Tournament.
That's because her Tigers responded to a 13-point loss to Rochester Century she described as "flat and uninspired" by hanging with a bigger, more experienced Lakeville South team in a 60-51 setback last Thursday at Tiger Gym. The Cougars won last year's matchup, 64-34.
"We challenged the girls after that (Century) game to show some motivation to win, and although we lost to South, it was our best game we have played this season," Chadwick said. "This is the kind of improvement we are looking for and although our record may not tell the story of that progress, the girls' confidence is up."
Sofia Chadwick paced the Tigers with 15 points and four assists against South. Alicia Hett joined her in double figures with 11 points and three steals.
Sydney Speer helped out under the basket with nine points and six rebounds, Jordyn Homeier knocked down a pair of early three-pointers en route to eight points and Kaitlyn Gorden contributed seven points and a team-high five steals.
Chadwick also rang up 15 points in the Dec. 18 53-40 loss to Century at Tiger Gym. Abby Gallus was next in line with eight points, Speer had six and Gorden hauled in a team-high 11 rebounds.
The Panthers hit five three-pointers in the first half, including one from just inside halfcourt that gave them a 23-20 lead going into halftime. The visitors pulled away with an 18-10 run to start the second half.
"We got away from everything we've been trying to stress - aggressiveness, teamwork and execution," Chadwick said.