11 December 2013

Girls B-Ball: A big turnaround

Sofia Chadwick 19 points, 4 assists (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Last winter the young and inexperienced Tigers struggled through a season that produced just two wins. Three games into the 2013-14 games they have already matched that total.

The second victory came Tuesday night in the form of a 61-58 road win at Apple Valley, a team Farmington will be seeing much more of in the years to come as a member of the South Suburban Conference.

Good play down the stretch provided the "W" for the Tigers who again found themselves out-sized in the post.

"They (Apple Valley) focused on getting the ball into their posts," Tiger coach Sondra Chadwick said, "but our girls did a great job on defense and fought their way to secure some key rebounds at the end.

"Kaitlyn Gorden, Aly Grebner and Kamryn Corraro shared defensive responsibility on their posts and they all did a great job."

Gorden's three-pointer at the end of the first half gave the Tigers a 30-all tie heading to the break and then the visitors made the big plays in the closing minutes to bring home the win.

Sofia Chadwick again led the offensive effort with a 19-point night and this time she had plenty of help. Abby Gallus finished with 14 points, including 10 in the second half.

Gorden netted nine points, yanked down a team-high seven rebounds and tied Chadwick for team honors in assists with four. Corraro chipped in with eight points in her first varsity start and Aly Grebner scored six off the bench.

"I am proud of the girls for pulling out their second win in a row," coach Chadwick said. "Everyone played hard and kept their composure until the end." 

The Tigers will try to make it three straight Thursday night when they travel to Rochester for a match-up with section rival Century. Saturday they entertain Owatonna at Tiger Gym.