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Girls basketball: Team makes progress in setbacks

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Wins and losses don't always tell the whole story when a team's progress is being measured.

The Farmington girls basketball team fell to 10-10 overall with a pair of losses last week. But considering both of the losses came by single digits, on the road against teams in the top three in the Missota Conference, head coach Jason Berg was pleased with the way his team competed.

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"We played well in both games. We gave ourselves a chance to win. I feel like they won the games more than we lost them," he said. "Red Wing is rated and Shakopee has only lost two conference games. To have a chance to win on the road is a sign of real progress. I feel like we are starting to play our best at the end of the season."

The Tigers trailed 30-24 at the break Friday night at Shakopee, but forced six straight turnovers to start the second half and turned them into an 11-0 run that made it 35-30.

The Sabers took the lead back on a three-pointer with eight minutes to go and never trailed the rest of the way.

Jordan Bridges led Farmington with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Elena Koch matched the feat with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Taylor Meyer added 10 points.

Senior Lauren McHenry scored six points, handed out six assists and grabbed three steals.

Ninth-ranked (Class 3A) Red Wing handled the Tigers by 23 points back in mid-January at Tiger Gym. The rematch looked to be heading in the same direction, but the Tigers rallied from a 37-23 halftime deficit to within a single point in the final two minutes Tuesday night before falling, 64-55.

The Wingers (16-5) were held to just four field goals in the second half, but hit eight straight free throws in the final minutes to close out the win.

Meyer helped keep the Tigers in the game with a team-high 24 points. She was 11 of 11 from the free-throw line and grabbed seven rebounds and three steals.

Koch turned in another double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, helping the team to a season-high 55 rebounds. Bridges hauled in nine boards and Isis Alexander, Jamie Kenealy, Shelby Calhoun and McHenry each grabbed at least five.

The Tigers play again tomorrow night when they travel south to take on a Northfield team that beat them 59-52 back on Jan. 26 at Tiger Gym. In that game the Raiders made just nine two-point field goals to the Tigers' 20, but connected on 20 free throws and seven threes.

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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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