13 December 2013

Girls B-Ball: Second half rally makes it 3 straight

Abby Gallus scored all of her 16 points in the second half (photo by Jim Lindquist)
For the first 18 minutes of Thursday night's non-conference game at Rochester Century the chances of Farmington extending its two-game winning streak looked about as promising as the Vikings winning the Super Bowl.

The visitors made just six of 25 shots before intermission and at one point trailed by 16 points before a late spurt cut the the halftime deficit to 21-15. Part of the problem was starters Sofia Chadwick and Abby Gallus each picked up two quick fouls and spent much of the half as spectators.

Fortunately, all of the first half troubles were forgotten in the second half when the Tigers rallied for a hard-fought 49-45 victory.

"I am running out of ways to describe how proud I am of these girls," coach Sondra Chadwick said.  "They came out in that second half determined to win the game and that’s what they did by playing solid defense and putting up 34 points."

Gallus led the second half surge, scoring all of her team-high total of 16 points after the break. Chadwick scored a season-low nine points but contributed in other ways, handing out seven assists and coming up with four steals.

Alicia Hett nailed three three-pointers (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Point guard Alicia Hett finished with nine points on a trio of three-pointers, one that gave the Tigers their first lead of the night.

Morgan Mach chipped in with eight points off the bench and she and freshman Kamryn Corraro each turned in strong defensive efforts.

The Panthers put on the pressure in the last few minutes but Gallus and Chadwick answered with clutch free throws to salt away the Tigers second road win of the week.

Farmington entertains Owatonna on Saturday night in search of their fourth straight victory, two more than it had all of last season.