18 January 2014

Girls B-Ball: Tigers outlast Holy Angels

Aly Grebner scored 10 points off the bench (file photo by Jim Lindquist)
The Tigers pulled two games above the .500 mark (8-6) with a solid 62-56 Missota Conference win over Holy Angels Friday night at Tiger Gym.

Farmington is 3-1 in Missota Conference play, a half game behind Chaska (3-0) in the league standings.

The Tigers started the contest on a 12-2 run that included three-point baskets by Sofia Chadwick, Abby Gallus and Alicia Hett but the Stars got back in it thanks to some strong post play.

"They adjusted quickly and started going to their bigs," Farmington coach Sondra Chadwick said. "They took the lead at one point but we went on a little run at the end to lead at halftime."

Farmington led 32-28 at the break thanks to a late steal and put-back by Aly Grebner.

Alicia Hett 8 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The teams played through an even second half although the Tigers got into foul trouble late with both Sofia Chadwick  and Abby Gallus whistled for their fifth in the final three minutes.

"I was very impressed with the composure of our kids to maintain the lead," coach Chadwick said. "We hit our free throws down the stretch."

In the end, the difference in the game did come at the foul line although for the night the winners ironically had a sub-par night, converting on only 16 of 27 opportunities at the charity stripe.

Another key to the victory was scoring balance. Sofia Chadwick led the way with 17 points but Gallus and Grebner provided plenty of support with 11 and 10 points respectively. Jordyn Homeier added nine and Hett finished with eight.

Coach Chadwick was especially pleased with the performance of Grebner who supplied a big boost off the bench, scoring eight of her points in the second half.

"She gave us a scoring punch and some physical rebounding against their bigs," she said.

Hett had seven assists and six rebounds to go with her eight points. Gallus totaled four assists and came up with a trio of steals; Chadwick had a team-high four steals.

"The girls have shown they know how to win the close games," coach Chadwick said.

In games decided by seven points or fewer Farmington owns a 5-2 record.

The Tigers have an off day next Tuesday, returning to action Friday with a conference home game against Chanhassen.