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Girls basketball: From 0-10 to consolation champs

For the second straight year the Farmington girls basketball team got in the win column for the first time at its holiday tournament.

The Tigers fell to 0-10 to start the season after losing to Watertown-Mayer in the opening round last Thursday at the Monticello Tournament, but ended up claiming the consolation championship with back-to-back wins over Princeton and Becker. They allowed 62 total points in the final two games after giving up an average of nearly 60 in their first 10 games.

"The girls really stepped up this weekend and we used our defensive pressure to win the last two games," Farmington coach Sondra Chadwick said.

In the opening 58-51 loss to Watertown-Mayer Thursday night, Sofia Chadwick led three players in double figures with 13 points, six rebounds and four assists. Alicia Hett dropped in 12 points and Jordyn Homeier was right behind with 11. Sydney Speer chipped in with six points and seven rebounds in the post.

The Tiger defense allowed just 22 points in the second half against Watertown-Mayer and came back to hold Princeton to just nine points after the break in a 48-32 victory Friday afternoon.

Chadwick scored a double-double with 22 points and 16 rebounds and Hett and Homeier each tacked on six points. Kaitlyn Gorden scored five points and dished out eight assists.

Homeier scored a season-high 14 points in leading the Tigers past Becker 43-30 in the consolation championship Saturday afternoon.

Chadwick had another solid all-around game with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists and Speer added eight points. Hett chipped in six points and five rebounds.

"The girls were fatigued, but they pulled out another win mainly through a balanced team effort on both ends of the floor," Chadwick said.

The Tigers (2-10) resume their Missota Conference schedule tonight against Shakopee at Tiger Gym. They then take on three straight ranked Class 3A teams - No. 4 Chaska, No. 5 Red Wing and No. 3 New Prague.