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Girls basketball: FHS program turnaround continues

The third year has been the charm for the Sondra Chadwick coaching era at Farmington.

Chadwick took over as head coach to start the 2011-12 season and the Tigers won eight games – while losing 45 – over the next two years. On Friday night the Tigers held on for a 62-56 victory over Holy Angels, their eighth win in 14 tries this season and fifth in the last six games.Abby Gallus dribbles into the Holy Angels defense during Friday’s 62-56 win at Tiger Gym.

“I am incredibly proud of how far these girls have come. I have never had a team that has worked as hard as they have each day in practice,” Chadwick said. “The girls have bought into and embraced their roles on this team, they have been incredibly supportive of one another’s success, and that has led to a level of confidence and trust on this team that they may not have had last season.”

That confidence helped the Tigers close out Friday night’s game despite losing guards Sofia Chadwick and Abby Gallus to fouls in the closing minutes.

“Our girls stayed focused, played tough defense and converted at the line to maintain the lead,” Chadwick said.

The Tigers jumped out to a 12-2 lead early on, but the Stars crept back within 32-28 by halftime. Aly Grebner helped maintain the lead in the second half, scoring eight of her 10 points off the bench.

Chadwick led Farmington with 17 points. Gallus added 11 points, Jordyn Homeier contributed nine points and Hett had eight points, seven assists and six rebounds.

Kaitlyn Gorden grabbed a team-high five steals.

The Tigers opened the week by rallying for a 47-45 overtime victory over New Prague, which came to Tiger Gym with a record of 7-3.

The Trojans opened the overtime period with two straight baskets, but didn’t score again. Chadwick cut into the deficit with a steal and a lay-up and Gallus followed with a pair of free throws to tie the game. Gorden then knocked down two free throws to put the Tigers in front for good.

“We made some stops defensively at critical times, and the girls had no trouble with New Prague’s full-court pressure defense,” Chadwick said. “We had told the girls that if they remained composed against the press and played solid team defense, we’ll come out on top. That is exactly what they did.”

Homeier finished with a game-high 17 points. Gallus joined her in double figures with 12 points.

Chadwick scored eight points and handed out eight assists and Gorden added seven points.

The Tigers are back at home tomorrow night when they host 8-5 Chanhassen. The winner will take over second place behind Chaska in the Missota Conference.