29 January 2014

Girls B-Ball: Beating Chaska a tall order

Sofia Chadwick scored a game-high 21 points (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The Tigers knew heading into their Tuesday night game at Chaska and its two Division I-recruited post players that beating the Hawks would literally be a tall order.

"Basketball is a game of match-ups and Chaska is a very tough match-up for us because of their size and deep bench," Tiger coach Sondra Chadwick said.  "But we countered that with some solid perimeter play and made it a competitive game."

Chaska broke open a close game with a strong second half on the way to a 71-57 Missota Conference victory.

The smaller Tigers countered Chaska's size with some strong perimeter shooting to trail just 29-26 at intermission. The visitors connected on six of their game total of eight three-pointers, four by Jordyn Homeier, in the opening period.

"That is what we needed facing such a tough interior presence and it was good to see the girls shooting with confidence after such a cold-shooting night last Friday," Chadwick said.

Farmington tied the count at 31-31 early in the second half before the Hawks went on a run that would at one time stretch their lead to 18 points.

The Tigers cut the deficit to 10 in the final two minutes but the Hawks hit their free throws down the stretch to extend their final margin of victory.

Jordyn Homeier 14 points (photo by J. Lindquist)
Sofia Chadwick scored 19 of her game-high 21 points in the second half and added five assists and three steals to lead the Tiger effort. Homeier finished with 14 points.

Alicia Hett added seven points and pulled down five rebounds.Kaitlyn Gorden chipped in with six points and six rebounds.

"I was worried how the girls would respond after having another long weekend without practice," coach Chadwick said, "but they came out ready to play and didn’t let the fact that Chaska has been in the top ten throughout the season intimidate them.  

"I thought that we played well overall, took care of the ball and played as a team. We kept ourselves in a game with a very good team."

The loss dropped the Tigers' season record to 8-8 overall and 3-3 in Missota Conference play. They close out the first round of league play Friday night with a home game against Shakopee.