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Girls basketball: Close games slip away for Farmington

Farmington's Jordyn Homeier sends a loose ball toward Sofia Chadwick during last Thursday's 55-51 loss to Rosemount at Tiger Gym. The Tigers also lost to Bloomington Jefferson 48-43 on Saturday.

A pair of close losses offered good news and bad news for the Farmington girls basketball team last week.

The good news was the young and inexperienced Tigers were getting closer to their elusive first victory after losing their first three games by 30, 15 and 10 points. The bad news was they ended the week still stuck at zero, and had missed opportunities against two of the more beatable teams on their schedule.

The Tigers dropped their home opener 55-51 to Rosemount Thursday at Tiger Gym and slipped to 0-5 after a 48-43 setback Saturday in Bloomington.

"Both Rosemount and Bloomington Jefferson were frustrating losses.... We are further along than where I expected to be at this point in the season, and have been competitive, however, these girls need to begin to believe that they can pull out these wins," Farmington coach Sondra Chadwick said. "I hope that the losses against Rosemount and Jefferson were close enough that they are beginning to understand it is within their reach."

The Tigers got out to a fast start against Rosemount and led 25-23 at halftime, but the Irish took advantage of turnovers and offensive rebounds to score 32 points after the break and rally for the win.

"We could not maintain our momentum in the second half," said Chadwick, whose team cooled off in the second half to finish at 41 percent from the field. "I was pleased with our shot selection and we were more aggressive getting to the line."

Sofia Chadwick finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the Tigers. Abby Gallus joined her in double figures with 12 points and newcomer Kaitlyn Gordon made an immediate impact in her first game, grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.

The Tigers started slower Saturday in Bloomington and trailed 20-13 at halftime before chipping away with 30 second-half points.

The Jaguars double-teamed Sofia Chadwick, which coach Chadwick said disrupted her team's offense.

"She was being shadowed by multiple defenders throughout the game, which made it difficult for us to get into a flow on the offensive end," she said. "We regrouped at halftime and came out in the second half more focused and aggressive."

Chadwick still finished with a team-high 15 points. Alicia Hett had her best all-around game of the season with eight points, five rebounds and three steals and Chelsey Bruns and Jordyn Homeier provided energetic play off the bench, according to Chadwick.