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Girls basketball: Conference leaders take out Tigers

Two of the top teams in the Missota Conference handed Farmington losses last week.

The Tigers played well on the road last Tuesday at Chaska, but faded in the second half of a 71-57 loss to the first-place Hawks. The team returned to Tiger Gym Friday and fell behind 9-0 out of the gate in a 66-63 setback to third-place Shakopee.

The loss dropped the Tigers to 8-9 overall and fifth in the Missota at 3-4.

“Shakopee was not our best showing. We came out very flat and did not adjust well to Shakopee’s defense in the first half,” Farmington coach Sondra Chadwick said. “Shakopee is a very good team who I am sure will be competing for the conference title as the season goes on.”

The Tigers couldn’t dig out of their early hole and still trailed 30-17 at the break. Things didn’t improve much in the second half as the Sabers mounted a 36-26 advantage.

Sofia Chadwick, Jordyn Homeier and Kaitlyn Gorden led Farmington with eight points apiece. Gorden added a team-high 11 rebounds and five assists.

Homeier’s hot shooting kept the Tigers in the game last Tuesday at Chaska. She made four of the team’s six three-pointers in the first half and Chaska went into the break leading by a slim 29-26 margin. The score was tied at 31-31 early in the second half before Chaska surged ahead by as many as 18.

“Chaska is a very tough matchup for us with two Division I-signed post players, as well as a deep bench. However, we countered that with some solid perimeter play and had a competitive game,” Chadwick said. “We had eight three-pointers on the night, which is what we needed when facing such a tough interior presence.”

Sofia Chadwick led Farmington with 21 points, 19 of which came in the second half, and five assists. Homeier finished with 14 points and Alicia Hett had seven points and five rebounds. Gorden added six points and six boards.

The Tigers are back on the hardwood tomorrow night at home against Red Wing. They then travel to East Ridge for a non-conference game on Saturday.