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Girls basketball: Apple Valley, Red Wing send Tigers to 0-7

The Farmington girls basketball team is still without a victory to show for its efforts despite a couple more promising performances last week.

The Tigers saw a nine-point lead slip away in a 55-54 loss to Apple Valley last Tuesday at Tiger Gym, and then led for much of the first half in an eventual 80-66 road setback at fifth-ranked (Class 3A) Red Wing in their Missota Conference opener Friday night. The team sits at 0-7 and has lost 11 straight dating back to last season.

"Those were two good games for the girls last week, although we did not find ourselves on the winning end of either. The young girls have proven to be competitive in these varsity games. However, we need to take it to the next level and learn how to win," said coach Sondra Chadwick, whose team has lost three games by a combined 10 points. "That is where their inexperience is still showing, but I have no doubt we will get there soon."

The Tigers led 26-17 at halftime against Apple Valley, but the Eagles chipped away and took the lead with four minutes to go.

"We just let Apple Valley to the line too often and they did a great job of finishing," Chadwick said. "They also decided to go inside more to their two bigs, which was the difference."

Sofia Chadwick led the Tigers with 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Abby Gallus added 11 points and Aly Grebner 10 as Farmington put three in double figures for the first time this season.

The Tigers did it again Friday night in Red Wing, but the night belonged to Tesha Buck. The Wisconsin-Green Bay recruit exploded for a season-high 41 points as the Wingers pulled away, 80-66.

"She is a tough matchup for us with her length on the perimeter," Chadwick said.

Despite Buck's big game, the Tigers kept the game close by knocking down a season-high six three-pointers and committing just 10 turnovers against the Wingers' full-court press.

Chadwick eclipsed 20 points for the fourth time the season, scoring a season-high 23 points. She also grabbed eight rebounds. Gallus poured in a season-high 20 points of her own and Alicia Hett contributed 16 points and seven rebounds.

The Tigers are back home tonight when they take on Lakeville South at Tiger Gym.