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Girls basketball: Second-half rallies fall short against Lakers, Raiders

Farmington couldn't come all the way back after a pair of poor first halves last week.

The Tigers spotted fifth-ranked (Class 4A) Prior Lake eight points at halftime in an eventual six-point home loss last Tuesday. It was more of the same Friday at Northfield when the host Raiders built a 10-point advantage before the break and held on for a 12-point win.

The Tigers cut the deficit to five points midway through the second half, but scored just six points over the final 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, the Raiders were a model of efficiency on the offensive end. They shot 76 percent from two-point range and made seven of their 15 attempts from beyond the arc against a collapsing Farmington defense.

"They shot lights out. It is amazing we had a shot," Farmington coach Jason Berg said. "We tried to really take the stuff away in the lane and make some of their kids hit jumpers and they did. I have to give them credit."

The Tigers (10-12) shot 43 percent from the floor. Sophomore Taylor Meyer was 7 for 9 shooting and finished with 17 points, four assists and four steals. Jordan Bridges added six points and Jamie Kenealy and Shelby Calhoun scored five points. Lauren McHenry assisted on six baskets.

The Tigers also found themselves trailing by double figures early in the second half last Tuesday before mounting a rally. A pair of Meyer free throws made it 44-40, but the Lakers took back control by forcing turnovers on four of their next five defensive possessions.

Prior Lake, which beat Farmington by 22 points on Jan. 22, shot just 28 percent and committed eight turnovers in the second half. The Tigers posted a 27-25 edge on the scoreboard during that time and went 8 of 10 from the charity stripe.

"We put ourselves in a position to beat the No. 5 team in 4A. They drilled us the first time," Berg said. "We have a pretty good measure of how much we have improved over the past month. Now we have to finish off games better against really good teams."

Meyer led the Tigers with 12 points. Bridges scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Kenealy chipped in nine points and five boards.

McHenry contributed a solid all-around effort with seven points, four steals, four rebounds and four assists.

The Tigers close out the regular season this week with a Tuesday road game to take on last-place Holy Angels and a Friday home game against sixth-ranked (3A) New Prague.