Girls basketball: Positives emerge in defeatA three-point loss may have been more evidence of improvement than a 50-point win for the Farmington girls basketball team last week.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
A three-point loss may have been more evidence of improvement than a 50-point win for the Farmington girls basketball team last week.
The Tigers, who sported a record of 1-12 just over two weeks ago, ran their winning streak to three games with a 76-26 blowout over winless Faribault on the road last Tuesday. The team returned home Friday night and led by as many as 12 points in the second half before bowing out 59-56 to a 12-6 New Prague team.
The home team was left with several positives to take away from the game, despite the result.
• They broke the press early and forced New Prague back into a half-court defense.
• Guards Isis Alexander and Sofia Chadwick stepped up when Taylor Meyer and Mariah Mincke got into early foul trouble.
• They kept the game close despite being outshot 23-9 at the free-throw line and having three players foul out.
• They got big contributions off the bench from players like Desi Loftus.
“Overall, it was the best the girls have played this season,” Farmington coach Sondra Chadwick said. “I have stressed to the girls that we will be unable to execute our game strategy if we continually find ourselves with players on the bench and with the other team getting easy points off free throws. We will continue to work on that.”
The Tigers (4-13) trailed 29-23 before starting the second half with a 24-6 run. Loftus came off the bench to score 10 straight points during that stretch.
The Trojans rallied to tie the score at 52-52 with just over two minutes remaining, then closed the game out at the free-throw line.
Meyer finished with another double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Alexander added 12 points and six assists and Loftus added 12 points. Chadwick gave the Tigers four players in double figures, scoring 10 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists.
Chadwick dropped in a career-high 26 points in last Tuesday’s road win at Faribault. The Tigers shot 61 percent as a team and led 41-15 by halftime.
Alexander tallied 12 points, seven assists and five steals in the win. Meyer scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Gabby White added 10 points and seven assists.