Girls basketball: Keeping pace with ShakopeeA career night from Taylor Meyer helped Farmington keep pace with Shakopee in the Missota Conference race. Meyer scored a season-high 27 points as the Tigers improved to 13-1 overall and 4-1 in the league with a 67-44 blowout of rival Northfield Friday night in Northfield.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
A career night from Taylor Meyer helped Farmington keep pace with Shakopee in the Missota Conference race.
Meyer scored a season-high 27 points as the Tigers improved to 13-1 overall and 4-1 in the league with a 67-44 blowout of rival Northfield Friday night in Northfield. Shakopee knocked off previously-unbeaten Farmington last week and is now 5-0 atop the standings.
The Tigers pulled away with a 24-10 run over the final 10 minutes of the first half. Meyer scored 12 points during that stretch and finished 12 of 16 from the field, including 3 of 3 from beyond the three-point arc. She also hauled in 12 rebounds and dished out four assists.
The Farmington defense once again shined, holding the Raiders to 31 percent shooting and forcing 20 turnovers. Northfield’s 1-2 punch of guard Elena Huber and post player Allyson Harris was held to a combined 22 points.
“We again played great team defense,” coach Jason Berg said. “They have a very good post in Harris and we held her to 10 points. Elena (Koch) and Sara (Silber) did a good job making her work to catch the ball, and Jordan (Bridges) and Taylor (Meyer) did a good job of doubling her when she got it.”
“Our perimeter people did a great job on Huber,” Berg said. “She is a very good three-point shooter. she made four, but really had to work to get the ball — Jamie (Kenealy) and Isis (Alexander) did most of the work on her.”
Senior guard Paige Steele made two three-pointers of her own and finished with 10 points. Kenealy and Koch each added eight points and Bridges scored six. Alexander assisted on five Farmington baskets.
The Tigers played host to Chaska Tuesday and are back in action tomorrow night when they travel southwest to take on New Prague. The Trojans are tied with Farmington for second in the Missota Conference at 4-1.
The Tigers jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first seven minutes and held Holy Angels to 11 first-half points in a 58-26 rout last Tuesday night at Tiger Gym.
Kenealy paced 11 Farmington scorers with 14 points. Koch added 11 points and eight rebounds and Bridges notched eight points while hauling in eight rebounds. Alexander also scored eight points.
Calhoun dished out a team-high four assists and Mariah Mincke came off the bench to grab five boards.