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Girls basketball: Tigers stay composed, end losing streak

After struggling from the free-throw line in Friday night’s home loss to Apple Valley, the Farmington girls basketball team traveled to Henry Sibley Saturday and made 20 of 25 free throws while putting an end to its five-game losing skid with a 56-48 triumph.

“At times it wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win and we were composed down the stretch,” Farmington coach Liz Carpentier said. “It was a very positive week for us as I am adding some players to our game plan and they are making positive impacts.”

Two of those players are Sam Wiebold and Kaitlin Winston. Both came off the bench and made contributions against Henry Sibley, with Wiebold making five free throws and Winston grabbing five rebounds. Sydney Blandin led all scorers with 17 points, Alyssa Wagner dropped in 15 points and point guard Molly Mogensen did a little bit of everything, scoring eight points, grabbing 10 rebounds, swiping five steals and dishing out seven assists.

Morgan Mach added seven points.

The Tigers crept to within 35-32 early in the second half the previous night against Apple Valley, but the Eagles outscored them 34-11 the rest of the way to earn the conference road win.

“Valley started to really focus on getting the ball inside and made some key shots from the outside that got them going,” Carpentier said.

Mogensen was the only Farmington player in double figures, scoring 10 points to go along with seven steals and five assists. Wagner and Blandin each contributed nine points and Mach scored eight.

The Tigers (6-12) traveled to Prior Lake on Tuesday. They are back home tomorrow night against third-place Rosemount.