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Girls basketball: Tigers walk over Winhawks

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The Farmington girls basketball team rebounded from a sloppy loss to 10th-ranked (Class 3A) Red Wing by rolling past Winona in an equally lopsided fashion on Saturday.

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The Tigers, who saw their five-game winning streak come to an end as they scored nine first-half points in Thursday's 59-36 home loss to the Wingers, held the Winhawks to just three field goals and 11 points before the break in Saturday's 55-34 road win in Winona.

Farmington scored just 16 points of its own in the first half after the long bus ride south, but the offense heated up in the second half and produced 39 points. The Tigers used a 7-0 run out of the break to go up 23-11, then added another 12-0 run later in the half to put the game away.

"Great defense led to a lot of transition baskets and shots before they could get into their zone," Farmington coach Jason Berg said.

That defense forced 28 turnovers -- 20 of which came on steals -- and held Winona to 11 field goals on 28 percent shooting.

The Tigers, meanwhile, shot 48 percent from the floor and had nine players get in the scoring column. Taylor Meyer and Jamie Kenealy each scored 10 points and Elena Koch added nine points and five steals.

Lauren McHenry contributed six points, Shelby Calhoun tossed in five and Jordan Bridges put up five points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

Red Wing 59,

Farmington 36

It took the Tigers nearly nine minutes to make their first field goal in Thursday's 59-36 loss to Red Wing at Tiger Gym.

Berg's team shot just 27 percent from the field and 33 percent from the free-throw line and committed 20 turnovers.

"They are a good team, but we did not play well," Berg said. "The game had more to do with us just having a really bad night.... We just did not play well enough on the offensive end. Got too many balls tipped as we penetrated, and too many shots blocked. We had chances to score, but just did not finish."

Koch and Paige Steele each scored seven points to pace the Tigers. Kenealy, Bridges and Meyer each added four.

Koch also hauled in eight rebounds, while Kenealy brought down seven and Bridges six.

Farmington 61,

Hutchinson 56

Meyer and Koch combined for 37 points as the Tigers extended their winning streak to five games with a 61-56 Missota Conference road victory last Tuesday at Hutchinson.

Meyer made 7 of 12 shots from the field to finish with a game-high 19 points, while Koch connected on 7 of 10 tries and grabbed seven rebounds while scoring 18 points.

"Their teammates did a good job of getting them the ball in positions where they could score and they finished," Berg said.

Bridges also came up big in the post, scoring eight points while bringing in seven rebounds and grabbing three steals that turned into layups on the other end of the floor.

The Tigers led 34-30 at the break, but had to make some big shots late in the game to hold off the home team. In the final two minutes Meyer made four straight free throws, Koch made a shot on an inbounds pass from McHenry and Steele knocked down two free throws to seal the win.

The Tigers shot 51 percent from the field while holding Hutchinson to 32 percent and forcing the yellow-and-black Tigers into 23 turnovers.

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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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