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Girls basketball: Tigers outsized in section tourney

Farmington couldn’t match up with Rochester John Marshall’s size in the opening round of the Section 1AAAA tournament.

The Rockets started three six-footers who combined for 45 points and helped establish a 27-12 rebounding advantage in a 57-34 victory over the Tigers Wednesday in Rochester.

“John Marshall went with a very big lineup and really stretched their zone out and we just had trouble connecting from outside,” Farmington coach Sondra Chadwick said. “They have improved tremendously since the last time we played them.”

The Tigers were victorious and put up 64 points in the first matchup between the two teams in early December. In the rematch, they fell behind 18-4 and never got back in the game.

“We had some moments where we had some nice runs based on our defensive pressure and getting in transition, but we did not maintain those runs for very long,” Chadwick said.

Kaitlyn Gorden led Farmington with nine points and four steals. Sofia Chadwick added eight points and three assists and Abby Gallus and Alicia Hett each tacked on five points.

Aly Grebner, the team’s lone senior, finished with four points.

“She had a great game and has been a contributor on this team since ninth grade,” Chadwick said. “We’ve had a chance to watch her develop into a leader on this team that the girls really looked up to and we will miss her tremendously next year.”

The Tigers finished with a record of 10-17, eight wins more than last year’s 2-25 team.

“We showed incredible improvement compared to last season and achieved a number of our goals,” Chadwick said. “We will need to do some work in this off-season to develop more consistency in our offense, tighten up our defense, and improve our presence in the interior. The future looks very bright for our program the next few years, it will all depend on how hard these girls work this off-season.”