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Girls basketball: Tigers excited to get out of Missota

The Farmington girls basketball team is looking forward to section play.

Farmington's girls basketball team is welcoming the opportunity to take on some teams from outside the Missota Conference in the upcoming Section 1, Class 4A Tournament.

The Tigers have dropped six straight league games and fallen to 10-14 overall, but remain in position to make a post-season run thanks to a 7-3 mark in non-conference play. They earned the No. 3 seed in the section and played host to a Rochester John Marshall team they beat by 30 points earlier in the season in Wednesday night's tournament opener.

Another win over the Rockets would likely set up a Saturday semifinal game against No. 2 Owatonna, which beat the Tigers by 11 points in the first game of the season back on Dec. 1. The Huskies accumulated a 17-9 record while playing in the Big Nine Conference, but have losses to metro-area teams Eagan, Apple Valley, Prior Lake, Burnsville, Shakopee and Northfield on their resume.

Northfield (15-10) is the top seed in the section and beat Farmington by seven and 12 points in two league matchups.

"We are really looking forward to playing outside our league. Our Conference schedule has only made us tougher," Farmington coach Jason Berg said. "I really like how we are playing and some of the adjustments we have made offensively are creating more easy shots for us. We just need to concentrate and finish."

The Tigers struggled finishing easy shots in Friday's Senior Night 64-38 loss to fifth-ranked New Prague when they shot just 30 percent from the floor and committed 32 turnovers.

Taylor Meyer led the offense with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Elena Koch added seven points and eight rebounds and lone senior Lauren McHenry scored six points.

Shooting was also a problem last Tuesday in Richfield when the Tigers shot 26 percent from the field and missed 19 free throws in a 50-44 overtime loss to the Stars.

Jordan Bridges had 13 points and seven steals and Koch added a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Holy Angels made 6 of 8 free throws in overtime to earn its first league win.