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Girls basketball: Defense dominates in second half of win over Faribault

Farmington's girls basketball team didn't forget how to play defense during its 10-day layoff.

The Tigers allowed 15 second-half points for the second straight game Saturday night, holding Faribault to three of its 12 field goals after the break as they extended their winning streak to four games with a 54-47 road win.

"We played great defense in the second half. We changed our press a little bit and it helped contain them," Farmington coach Jason Berg said. "It was a nice win after being off for 10 days and having to overcome foul trouble all night. Our kids really competed and played tough in the second half."

The Tigers had to overcome a 10-for-30 performance at the free-throw line. Meanwhile, the Falcons used 13 made free throws in the first half alone to build a 32-30 advantage.

"We fouled too much," Berg said. "The game was called tight both ways. If we would have shot better from the free-throw line we would have been up at the half."

Instead, the Tigers took the lead for good just after halftime. They saw a 10-point lead dwindle down to two with 1:30 to go before five made free throws sealed the win.

Junior Elena Koch scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds. She made seven of 11 shots from the field to pace the Tigers' 45-percent effort.

Lone senior Lauren McHenry reached double figures for the first time this season with 10 points and added seven steals for a defense that produced a season-high 40 turnovers and held the Falcons to 26 percent shooting.

Jamie Kenealy added nine points and six rebounds and Taylor Meyer scored seven points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Jordan Bridges also hauled in nine of the team's 45 rebounds.

"We have really emphasized going to the offensive boards. Our goal is to get more shots than the other team. You do that by rebounding and forcing turnovers," Berg said. "Our kids did a good job of moving the ball versus their zone and using drives against their man to get good high-percentage shots."

The Tigers take a 5-3 record into their first week of Missota Conference play. They traveled to Hutchinson for Tuesday's opener and will make their conference home debut tonight against eighth-ranked (Class AAA) Red Wing.