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Girls basketball: Tigers take out Rockets

Rochester Mayo’s three-pointer with seven seconds to go was the difference in Farmington’s season-opening 55-52 loss to the Spartans on its home court last Tuesday night.

Back at Tiger Gym against Rochester John Marshall two nights later, the Tigers made sure there wasn’t a repeat occurrence. The home team used some clutch free-throw shooting and a 30-point outburst from Sofia Chadwick to knock off the Rockets, 64-57. Farmington’s Sofia Chadwick passes out of a double team during last Tuesday’s season-opening loss to Rochester Mayo at Tiger Gym

“I thought the girls played very well in both games. They fought back from a 12-point deficit to tie the game against Mayo and I think the fact that they played so well, yet lost in the closing seconds stuck with them enough that they were not going to allow that to happen again,” Farmington coach Sondra Chadwick said. “They’ve been playing with a lot of confidence and energy.”

The Tigers stormed to a big lead on Thursday, doubling up John Marshall 38-19 in the first half. The Rockets started to get their big post players involved in the second half and crept back within one possession three times in the final minute only to have the Tigers pull further ahead at the charity stripe. The Tigers finished 27 of 35 from the free-throw line and made 16 of 20 in the second half.

Chadwick scored 18 of her career-high 30 points in the second half and handed out four assists. Kaitlyn Gorden added nine points and 11 rebounds in the post and Abby Gallus scored eight, the final two coming from the free-throw line with 12 seconds left.

Against Mayo, the Tigers led 15-10 early before falling behind 31-22 by the halftime break. The score drew even at 45-45 and 52-52 in the second half before Mayo’s go-ahead three.

Chadwick scored Farmington’s final points from the free-throw line to tie the score in the final minute and finished with 26 points. Gorden led the team with 10 boards and Gallus and Alicia Hett each scored six points.

The Tigers (1-1) traveled to Apple Valley to take on the Eagles Tuesday and are back on the road tonight at Rochester Century.

“I’ve been impressed with how well we are playing at the start of the season, but we will continue to focus on the next game and what we need to improve upon,” Chadwick said. “This month we face very talented teams and will need to show up ready for each game.”