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Girls basketball: Chanhassen too much for Tigers

On the road at first-place Chanhassen proved to be a tough matchup for Farmington Friday night.

The Storm led just 30-21 after Sydney Speer's three-pointer early in the second half, but closed with a 40-16 run and stayed atop the Missota Conference at 6-1 with a 70-37 victory.

Farmington lost its sixth straight and slipped to 2-16 overall and 0-7 in the league.

"Chanhassen is a very talented and deep team.... It was a good opportunity for the girls to see how they measure up at this point and clearly we have some work to do," Farmington coach Sondra Chadwick said. "I was disappointed with our lack of defensive intensity in the second half, giving up a number of three-point shots."

The Tigers struggled to control the ball against the Storm's pressuring defense and finished with 20 turnovers, many of which came during the lopsided second half.

"I would like to see the girls respond to pressure better without turning the ball over," Chadwick said. "When Chanhassen went on their run, it was due to them converting on our mistakes."

The Storm defense was especially tough on point guard Sofia Chadwick, who was held to just four points, four assists and three steals. That perimeter pressure opened up the paint for Speer, who scored a season-high 11 points, and Kaitlyn Gorden, who scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Abby Gallus also scored 11 points.

"It was a rare opportunity for us to not be outsized in the interior and Kaitlyn Gorden and Sydney Speer used that to their advantage," Chadwick said.

The Tigers hosted Northfield on Tuesday and are on the road at Shakopee tomorrow night.