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Girls basketball: Shakopee pulls away late

Farmington forward Kaitlyn Gorden tries to grab a rebound during last Thursday's 57-43 Missota Conference loss to Shakpee at Tiger Gym.

Things were looking good for the Farmington girls basketball team in the first half of last week's game against Shakopee. Fresh from the consolation championship of a holiday tournament in Monticello, the Tigers seemed to have some momentum. They were finding open shooters and making their shots, and when the half ended they were within a basket of the Sabers at 28-26.

Things turned quickly when the second half began, though. Farmington gave up an 11-0 run in the first three minutes, and the outcome was never really in question after that. The Sabers won the game 57-43.

"Shakopee clearly came out with more aggressiveness in that half defensively to cause us to turn the ball over," FHS coach Sondra Chadwick said. "We missed a couple of easy shots that affected our confidence and, simply put, we were very tired as we are coming off a flu bug that has hit over 13 players on the team."

Those illnesses, and the missed time that went along with them, were a factor as the game went on, Chadwick said.

No Tiger player scored in double figures in the Jan. 3 game. Alicia Hett was the top scorer with nine points. Sofia Chadwick had eight points, six rebounds and seven assists and Jordyn Homeier had eight points and two assists. Abigail Gallus, Sydney Speer and Kaitlyn Gorden all finished with six points. Speer added five rebounds and an assist and Gorden had four rebounds and three assists.

Haley Zerr, a 5-10 sophomore forward, led the Sabers with 19 points.

"Shakopee is a good match-up for us, but we do need to continue work on containing the other team's scorers in the paint," Chadwick said. "I thought we did a nice job of holding their wings below their averages, but just too many easy buckets given up at the post. That's where our size is making it difficult for us to contain their posts."

The Tigers played at Chaska on Tuesday. They come home Friday, Jan. 11 to play Red Wing.