Girls Basketball: Offense comes alive against Holy Angels
Coach Jason Berg can usually count on a solid defensive effort from his Farmington girls basketball team.
But the Tigers' success lies with how consistently they're able to translate that defense into offense on the other end of the court. They shot 30 percent from the floor during a recent three-game losing streak, but got back in the win column last Tuesday when some added aggressiveness led to a season-high 36 free-throw attempts in a 65-56 road win at Holy Angels. However, the Tigers came back Friday night with their lowest offensive output of the season in a 47-36 loss at Shakopee.
"Part of it comes from how hard you work on offense to get good shots. We took too many shots off one or two passes, too many contested shots," Berg said. "If we keep working in practice we will snap out of it. We forced 24 turnovers, but we didn't translate those into points. We need to score more in transition than what we have been the last few weeks."
The Tigers scored just 15 points in the second half at Shakopee after trailing just 24-21 at the break. They shot 27 percent from the floor and didn't make a three-pointer, compared to last month's 60-56 home win over the Sabers where they hit five threes and shot 45 percent.
Taylor Meyer was the only player in double figures with 10 points. Kirstee Rotty added eight points, Lauren McHenry scored six and Elena Koch grabbed 12 rebounds.
The Tigers scored 42 points in the second half alone in last Tuesday's 65-56 Missota Conference win over Holy Angels in Richfield.
The Stars led 32-23 at the half before Farmington dominated the final 18 minutes.
McHenry, a junior guard, provided a breakout game, scoring a career-high 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting and grabbing five rebounds. It was just the second time this season she had reached double figures.
"She did a great job of finishing versus their press," Berg said. "She was aggressive at the end of our press offense and the kids found her. She also got to the free-throw line and made her free throws (4 of 7)."
As a team, Farmington got to the line a season-high 36 times and connected on 20 attempts. Meyer was 11 of 16 from the charity stripe in scoring 15 points. She also grabbed 10 boards to earn her first double-double of the season.
Koch provided 10 points and eight rebounds and Isis Alexander made 4 of 5 shots en route to 10 points.
Rotty scored eight points and handed out four assists. She has scored in single digits the last three games after reaching double figures in 18 of the first 19 games.
With four games remaining in the regular season, the Tigers (10-12 overall) find themselves in a five-way tie for fourth place in the eight-team Missota Conference. Farmington, Holy Angels, Red Wing, Shakopee and Northfield all sit at 4-6, a game behind 5-5 Hutchinson and just two games behind second-place Prior Lake (6-4). New Prague sits atop the league at 9-1. Berg hopes a strong finish will give his team the opportunity to host a first-round section tournament game at Tiger Gym.
"We are in good position to get a home game," he said. "We just need to worry about the game we are playing and the section will take care of itself. We have tried to just worry about onegame at a time. If we stay consistent on defense our offense will come around."