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Girls basketball: No. 9 North sends Tigers packing

The ninth-ranked Lakeville North girls basketball team wasted little time pulling away from Farmington in the opening round of the Section 1AAAA tournament last Wednesday.

After falling behind 4-0 early on, the Panthers went on a 20-0 run and advanced to the second round with a 59-27 home victory. Their 20th victory of the season was also the Tigers' 15th straight defeat since winning back-to-back games at the Monticello tournament in late December.

"Lakeville North has a very deep and athletic team that presses the whole game. Although we had some success in breaking that press, we would tend to rush our shots rather than being more patient on offense," Farmington coach Sondra Chadwick said. "I was impressed though that even short-handed and asking some kids to play in positions they may not have been prepared for, everyone who stepped on the court worked hard and contributed."

The Tigers (2-25) were without starters Abby Gallus and Kaitlyn Gorden, and Aly Grebner went down with an injury early in the second half.

Sophomore guard Sofia Chadwick led the depleted squad with 10 points and five assists. Sydney Speer scored five points and grabbed three rebounds and Grebner finished with four points.

The Tigers lose just one player from this year's team to graduation -- forward Callie Halterman -- giving coach Chadwick hope for more success in the future.

"With such a young squad, I am very optimistic about what next season will bring. Having one year of varsity experience under their belts now, it will help them immensely in understanding the game next year," she said. "My hope is that these girls work hard in the off-season on their skills, strength and conditioning."