Farmington girls' basketball demolishes East Ridge
The Farmington Tigers girls' basketball team once again demonstrated why it is one of the best teams in the state Saturday night when it absolutely stifled an improving East Ridge Raptors team. Despite the Raptors early-season struggles, it appeared they had improved and started to figure things out in their conference season. However, Farmington showed them that they still have a long ways to go. The Tigers limited East Ridge to just six first-half points and led 40-6 at halftime with the game virtually over. Ten different Farmington players scored on the way to a 64-17 victory which could have been much worse. With the win, the Tigers are now 12-6 overall and 6-4 in the South Suburban Conference. They have eight games left over the next month, all in SSC play.
Farmington started the game off fast as they got out to a 9-0 lead. With seven minutes left in the first half, the Tigers led 28-6 as East Ridge was unable to get clean shots, or on the rare occasion they did, were not able to get any to fall. However, the real damage was done down the stretch at the end of the first half when Farmington finished on a 12-0 run to take a 40-6 halftime lead.
The Tigers emptied their bench in the second half and as a result 10 different Tigers scored in the 64-17 win. Sophomore Morgan Ebel led Farmington with 14 points, followed by freshman Paige Kindseth who had 12. Senior Ellie Clayton and sophomore Molly Mogensen each added eight.
Head coach Liz Carpentier said that the challenge in the month of January has been getting her team to play consistently.
"It's getting them to play consistent every night," she said. "That's the challenge. Sometimes with young kids, you're not going to get the same performance night in and night out."
Despite that, Carpentier also said that her team is learning to keep its composure in difficult games. Over the next month, she said their goal is to secure a No. 2 or No. 3 seed in their section, which includes Lakeville North, Lakeville South, Owatonna, Rochester Mayo and New Prague.
Carpentier highlighted the play of several of her underclassmen.
"Molly (Mogensen, a sophomore) has stepped it up big time in conference play," she said. "I think she's playing stronger and more consistent. Sophie Hart (a freshman) has been playing really well for us, and our other two freshman, Paige Kindseth and Peyton Blandin too. Ellie Clayton (a senior) is right in that mix too, we need her to be a scorer, she's of a rock for us."
Farmington traveled to Prior Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 30, and then hosts Rosemount on Friday, Feb. 2.