Girls basketball: Tigers are looking for offensePoor shooting and turnovers continued to plague the Farmington girls basketball team during Friday’s road game at Rosemount.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
Poor shooting and turnovers continued to plague the Farmington girls basketball team during Friday’s road game at Rosemount.
The Tigers turned the ball over 27 times against the Irish’s full-court pressure defense, shot 36 percent from the free-throw line and managed just 15 points in the second half of a 38-34 non-conference loss at Irish Gym.
First-year head coach Sondra Chadwick was pleased with her team’s effort on the defensive end, but knows the offense will have to continue to improve if the Tigers are going to get in the win column.
“We will need to focus on taking better care of the ball, and improving our field goal and free-throw percentages,” she said. “This was a winnable game for the girls and they are beginning to close the gap with the competition each game. I expect that with a few more games under their belt, their comfort level with one another and to our new system will improve and we’ll start to see some different game outcomes.”
The Tigers went into halftime tied at 19-19, and got back within three with 90 seconds to go before the Irish wrapped up the game at the free-throw line.
Post player Desi Loftus led the team with a career-high 11 points. Sofia Chadwick added eight points, four assists and four steals and helped hold Rosemount’s leading scorer — Hannah Grim — to nine points.
Abby Gallus contributed six points for the visitors and senior guard Isis Alexander handed out six assists.
The Tigers traveled to Lakeville South Tuesday and are back at Tiger Gym tomorrow night when Minneapolis Washburn comes to town for a non-conference clash.
Owatonna jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the opening minutes and pulled ahead 33-19 by halftime of an eventual 55-41 contest last Tuesday in Owatonna.
“It was a tale of two halves as we outplayed Owatonna in the second half, but couldn’t overcome the halftime hole we dug ourselves,” Chadwick said.
Mariah Mincke led the Tigers with a season-high 16 points.
“Mariah was more aggressive toward the basket, which gave her some higher-percentage shots,” Chadwick said.
Alexander added nine points and four assists and Chadwick had six points and six assists. Gallus chipped in six points and four boards.