Sections

Weather Forecast

Close
Advertisement

Girls basketball: Second-half rallies fall short against Lakers, Raiders

Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
sports Farmington,Minnesota 55024 http://www.farmingtonindependent.com/sites/all/themes/farmingtonindependent_theme/images/social_default_image.png
Farmington Independent
651-463-7730 customer support
Girls basketball: Second-half rallies fall short against Lakers, Raiders
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Farmington couldn't come all the way back after a pair of poor first halves last week.

The Tigers spotted fifth-ranked (Class 4A) Prior Lake eight points at halftime in an eventual six-point home loss last Tuesday. It was more of the same Friday at Northfield when the host Raiders built a 10-point advantage before the break and held on for a 12-point win.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The Tigers cut the deficit to five points midway through the second half, but scored just six points over the final 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, the Raiders were a model of efficiency on the offensive end. They shot 76 percent from two-point range and made seven of their 15 attempts from beyond the arc against a collapsing Farmington defense.

"They shot lights out. It is amazing we had a shot," Farmington coach Jason Berg said. "We tried to really take the stuff away in the lane and make some of their kids hit jumpers and they did. I have to give them credit."

The Tigers (10-12) shot 43 percent from the floor. Sophomore Taylor Meyer was 7 for 9 shooting and finished with 17 points, four assists and four steals. Jordan Bridges added six points and Jamie Kenealy and Shelby Calhoun scored five points. Lauren McHenry assisted on six baskets.

The Tigers also found themselves trailing by double figures early in the second half last Tuesday before mounting a rally. A pair of Meyer free throws made it 44-40, but the Lakers took back control by forcing turnovers on four of their next five defensive possessions.

Prior Lake, which beat Farmington by 22 points on Jan. 22, shot just 28 percent and committed eight turnovers in the second half. The Tigers posted a 27-25 edge on the scoreboard during that time and went 8 of 10 from the charity stripe.

"We put ourselves in a position to beat the No. 5 team in 4A. They drilled us the first time," Berg said. "We have a pretty good measure of how much we have improved over the past month. Now we have to finish off games better against really good teams."

Meyer led the Tigers with 12 points. Bridges scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Kenealy chipped in nine points and five boards.

McHenry contributed a solid all-around effort with seven points, four steals, four rebounds and four assists.

The Tigers close out the regular season this week with a Tuesday road game to take on last-place Holy Angels and a Friday home game against sixth-ranked (3A) New Prague.

Advertisement
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.
(651) 460-6606
Advertisement
Advertisement