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Girls basketball: Tigers drop three straight

Injuries, illness and a busy schedule combined to make a tough week for the Farmington girls basketball team.

Coming off three straight wins, the Tigers lost three in a row — by an average of 28 points — in a span of six days. Leading scorer Sofia Chadwick was injured in a 73-39 loss to Owatonna last Saturday and sat out an 82-57 setback last Tuesday at Rosemount, and shooting guard Abby Gallus missed last Thursday’s 61-35 home loss to Woodbury due to illness.Farmington’s Morgan Mach dribbles down the lane during last Tuesday’s 82-57 loss at Rosemount. Mach scored 13 points against the

“Fatigue has set in,” Farmington coach Sondra Chadwick said. “We have seen what we can do at full strength and we need to use this holiday break to work on some things as a team, but also just getting kids back healthy.”

The Tigers sit at 3-4 heading into this weekend’s appearance at the Monticello Tournament. The team then has a week off before beginning a three-game road trip with a game at Henry Sibley next Friday, Jan. 3. The Missota Conference season begins the following Tuesday with a contest at rival Northfield.

Chadwick returned to the lineup and scored a team-high 17 points in the loss to Woodbury. Morgan Mach paced the rest of the squad with six points and Kaitlyn Gorden grabbed a team-high four rebounds.

Mach and Alicia Hett dropped in 13 points apiece to pace the Tigers last Tuesday at Rosemount. Gallus led the team with six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

“The last three teams we have played are very good teams, so we knew we would be tested in this stretch. We saw some really good things this past week and have had kids step up to fill in for missing players,” Chadwick said. “However, we also saw some areas in which we need to improve on our execution and we will focus on that during this holiday break.”