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Girls basketball: Farmington's losing skid reaches eight

Another long losing streak isn't getting the Farmington girls basketball team down.

The Tigers scored just eight points in the first half Friday at Shakopee as they lost their eighth straight, 47-24. The team also lost 10 straight to start the season and now stands at 2-18 overall.

"One thing about this group is that they show up every day in practice focused, have positive attitudes, and they work hard to improve," second-year head coach Sondra Chadwick said. "This type of season of rebuilding and learning to play at the varsity level could be very hard on morale, but these girls are very coachable and are incredibly supportive of one another. They understand that the hard work they put in now will pay off over time for them."

The Tigers shot just 24 percent from the floor against the Sabers. Sofia Chadwick made 5 of 8 shots for a team-high 12 points, but with second-leading scorer Abby Gallus out the lineup due to illness the rest of the team combined to make just three field goals. Leah Hammond chipped in a season-high nine points and five rebounds.

"The girls seemed intimidated from the start," Chadwick said. "We need the kids to feel confident in taking and knocking down shots."

Farmington held a 26-22 lead at halftime last Tuesday against Northfield, but the Raiders came back to deny the Tigers their first Missota Conference victory by rallying to win 49-47 at Tiger Gym.

Chadwick dropped in a game-high 23 points and grabbed four steals. Gallus added 15 points and Alicia Hett chipped in with five assists.

Sydney Speer and Kaitlyn Gorden each grabbed eight rebounds.

"Northfield was a game within our grasp and was a good learning lesson for the girls on how to maintain our composure and make better decisions when we have a lead," Chadwick said.

The Tigers hosted another talented conference opponent at home Tuesday in fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Chaska, but they have a good chance to get in the win column back at Tiger Gym tonight against 3-16 Hastings. The Raiders have lost 14 straight games since defeating New Life Academy at home on Dec. 7.