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Girls basketball: Trojans trip up Tigers

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Girls basketball: Trojans trip up Tigers
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Farmington's girls basketball team had the weekend to celebrate after overcoming a 15-point second-half deficit to beat a two-win Holy Angels team in dramatic fashion Friday night at Tiger Gym.

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Unfortunately for the Tigers, their competition was of a much higher caliber on Monday. Seventh-ranked (Class 3A) New Prague defended its home court by forcing Farmington into a season-high 27 turnovers in a 78-38 rout. It was the program's most lopsided setback since an 83-30 loss against Holy Angels in January of 2005.

"We got hammered tonight," Farmington coach Jason Berg said shortly after the loss. "We did not take care of the ball. That was our goal for the game.... You can't beat a good team with that many turnovers, especially New Prague, who is really good at converting those to points."

The Tigers, who fell to 8-8 overall, connected on just 12 field goals in 57 attempts, a 21 percent clip. Sophomore Taylor Meyer accounted for 17 points, five rebounds and the team's only three-pointer. Jordan Bridges added eight points and Elena Koch grabbed eight rebounds.

Meanwhile, New Prague's tandem of senior post players managed to outscore the entire Farmington team. Hannah Strop dropped in a game-high 26 and Maggie Weiers tacked on 13.

"We did not do a very good job in transition defense," Berg said. "We gave up way too many points before we could get our defense set. Their two post players really do a good job finishing."

The Tigers resume play tonight when they host Rochester Century for a non-conference game at Tiger Gym. The team is home again tomorrow night against Hutchinson.

Farmington 41,

Holy Angels 39

Bridges' offensive rebound and putback with 1.6 seconds left completed a 15-point rally that saw the Tigers hold Holy Angels scoreless over the final five minutes and grab a 41-39 Missota Conference victory Friday night at Tiger Gym.

Holy Angels held Farmington to 14 points in the first half and led 35-20 when Isis Alexander knocked down a three-pointer with under nine minutes to go. The Stars still led 39-30 with five minutes to go, but the Tigers forced them into turnovers on six of their final seven possessions and finished with an 11-2 spurt that was capped off by Bridges' three-point play.

The Tigers shot just 28 percent from the field, but scored on six of their final eight trips down the court and held the visitors to 14 points in the second half.

"We really dug in defensively," Berg said. "The kids really played tough the last eight minutes of the game -- never lost faith they could come back."

Meyer scored 13 points after the break and finished with a game-high 17 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. It was her first double-double of the season.

Elena Koch scored six points and Alexander and Bridges each added five. Bridges also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

Northfield 59,

Farmington 52

Farmington made 21 two-point shots to Northfield's nine in last Tuesday's conference clash at Tiger Gym. However, the Raiders had decided edges at both the free-throw and three-point lines in their 59-52 win.

The Raiders knocked down 7 of 16 shots from long range and posted a 16-point advantage at the charity stripe, where they connected on 20 of 32 tries. Senior Morgan Zabel led the charge, going 14 of 17 from the line en route to a game-high 24 points.

The Tigers also turned in a strong offensive performance, shooting 40 percent from the field and placing three players in double figures. Bridges scored a season-high 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Koch added 11 points and nine boards. Paige Steele also dropped in 11 points and grabbed five steals.

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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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