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Girls basketball: Tigers split first two in conference

Farmington’s first week of Missota Conference play featured a pair of low-scoring defensive battles.

The Tigers managed a split, moving their record back to .500 with a 43-31 victory at Red Wing on Friday. They opened league play with a 41-35 loss at Northfield last Tuesday.

“The fact that we had an extended weekend with no school or practice Monday left us looking a little rusty on Tuesday. Northfield sat in a zone the whole night and when the outside shots aren’t falling, we needed to penetrate and we didn’t do that either,” Farmington coach Sondra Chadwick said. “The girls worked very hard the next couple of days and we went down to Red Wing determined to come out of there with our first conference win.”

The determination showed from the opening tip. The Tigers jumped to a 14-2 lead and knocked down six three-pointers while building a 23-11 halftime advantage. They moved ahead by as many as 15 points in the second half.

“Red Wing played at a very slow pace, taking a lot of time off the clock with each of their possessions, but the girls played with composure and patience and the game was never in doubt,” Chadwick said.

Sofia Chadwick led the Tigers with 15 points. Kaitlyn Gorden added a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

The Tigers overcame their cold shooting to stay within two points until the final minute last Tuesday at Northfield, but the Raiders forced crucial turnovers and hit their free throws down the stretch to pull away for a six-point victory.

Abby Gallus was the only Farmington player in double figures with 11 points. Jordyn Homeier and Sofia Chadwick each scored six points and Gorden contributed five points, five steals and 11 rebounds. Chadwick also had five steals, four assists and four rebounds.

The Tigers (6-6) began a three-game homestand Tuesday against New Prague. They’re back at Tiger Gym tomorrow night against Holy Angels.