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Girls basketball: A fast start for Farmington

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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

It took just four games for the Farmington girls basketball team to better its win total from a season ago.

Coming off a 2-25 campaign, the Tigers improved to 3-1 with their third straight victory on the road last Thursday at Rochester Century. The team fell to a talented Owatonna team on the road Saturday, but at 3-2 still sits above the .500 mark for the first time since the end of the 2010 season.

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The other four games have all been close, and the Tigers have won three of them by a combined 14 points. At Century they trailed 21-15 at the break before rallying for a 49-45 win.Aly Grebner makes a pass during a recent home game.

“The girls have demonstrated that their experience is paying off in close game situations. They have learned how to keep their composure in a tight-game situation, and they understand that the game does not end until the final buzzer,” coach Sondra Chadwick said. “They could have easily hung their heads in the first half of the Century game, but instead they rallied to take the lead and I have complete confidence in them in maintaining that lead to the end.”

The Tigers trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half and finished just 6 of 25 from the field.

“We shot as poor as I’ve seen us shoot all season in the first half. It did not help that both Sofia (Chadwick) and Abby (Gallus) were each called with two quick fouls in the first half and spent the majority of the time on the bench,” Chadwick said. “We played solid defense in the first half which kept us in the game.”

Gallus spearheaded the comeback with a team-high 16 points, all in the second half. Chadwick had nine points, seven assists, four steals and no turnovers and Alicia Hett added nine points, including a pair of clutch three-pointers during the comeback.

Some late free throws sealed the game for Farmington, just as it did two days earlier on the road at Apple Valley. The teams traded the lead back and forth throughout the second half before the Tigers surged ahead to snag a 61-58 win against their future South Suburban Conference foes.

“Apple Valley focused on getting the ball into their posts, but our girls did a great job on defense and fought their way to secure some key rebounds at the end,” Chadwick said.

Chadwick paced the team with 19 points. Gallus added 14 points and five rebounds and Kaitlyn Gorden scored nine points, grabbed a team-high five boards and dished out four assists.

Kamryn Corraro came off the bench to score eight points and Aly Grebner chipped in with six points and five rebounds.

The Tigers stuck around for a while, but couldn’t keep pace with 7-0 Owatonna in a 73-39 setback Saturday.

The Huskies led 40-27 at the break, and then used their full-court press to pull away in the second half.

“Owatonna is a very solid team — experienced, athletic, fundamentally solid, and deep. We started out very strong and kept pace with them. It was the best I’d seen us play and we displayed our athleticism as well,” Chadwick said. “However, we lost Sofia to a head injury early in the game and that impacted our depth and we could not sustain that level of play, at that speed, shorthanded.”

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