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Girls basketball: Tired Tigers drop three of four

The Farmington girls basketball team didn’t get much of a chance to catch its collective breath before the start of the Section 1AAAA tournament.

The Tigers played four games in five days last week, and then had just three days to prepare for Wednesday’s playoff opener on the road at third-seeded Rochester John Marshall.

Three of those four games last week resulted in losses against the top three teams in the Missota Conference — Shakopee, Chanhassen and Chaska. The Tigers mixed in a 47-40 win over Hastings that gave them 10 wins on the season against 16 losses.

“Last week was a tough stretch. It was nice to get a win squeezed in during the week and we had a good showing vs. Chaska,” Farmington coach Sondra Chadwick said. “I hope the girls are getting some rest as we prepare for John Marshall. Although we were hoping for a higher seed, I feel that it was a good draw for us to play John Marshall again (Farmington beat John Marshall in the first week of the season, 64-57 in Farmington). The girls should have confidence in having beaten them once before.”

The Tigers’ best performance last week came in a 60-51 loss to Chaska last Tuesday at Tiger Gym. They jumped out to a 19-7 lead and were still within two at the break before the Hawks took control late.

Sofia Chadwick led the Tigers with 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. Aly Grebner scored nine points and Alicia Hett hauled in seven rebounds and dished out four assists.

Two nights later, Farmington took the court for a non-conference game at Hastings and overcame a slow start by holding the Raiders to 13 second-half points in a 47-40 win.

Nearly half those points came from the free-throw line as the Tigers made 22 of 34 charity tosses.

“Shots weren’t falling from the outside for us, so we attacked the basket more and got ourselves to the line,” Chadwick said.

Chadwick led the way with 12 points and Abby Gallus was right behind with 11 points and eight rebounds. Hett scored eight points and Jordyn Homeier and Kaitlyn Gorden chipped in seven apiece.

Less than 24 hours later, Shakopee made nine three-pointers in the second half and continued toward a Missota Conference title with a 58-26 rout of the Tigers in Shakopee.

“You could see the fatigue setting in for us as shots weren’t falling and we were not doing a good job closing out on shooters,” Chadwick said.

Gallus led Farmington with eight points.

In the fourth game of the week, the tired Tigers continued to struggle offensively. They scored just eight points in the first half and fell on the road at Chanhassen, 43-30.

Chadwick set the pace with nine points and Hett and Gallus notched seven apiece.

“It was a true defensive battle in this game,” Chadwick said. “We did go on a nice run in the second half, but it didn’t make up for a flat first half.”