15 January 2014

Girls B-Ball: Tigers upset Trojans in OT

Jordyn Homeier 17 points (photo by J. Lindquist)
Farmington had to put in a little extra work but it paid big dividends in the form of a 47-45 Missota Conference overtime win over New Prague Tuesday night at Tiger Gym.

The win was the fourth in five starts for Farmington which raised its season record to 7-6, 2-1 in Missota Conference play.

"This was a great game for the girls," coach Sondra Chadwick said, "a really defining win for them in terms of how far they have come since last season."

The Tigers led by a single point at 23-22 at the halftime break in game that was just as close as the finals score indicated.

The teams traded points for almost all of regulation with each possession serving as a potential turning point.

The teams were deadlocked at 41-41 heading into the extra session and things didn't look good for the home team when the Trojans scored the first two baskets of overtime.

But the Tigers rallied, tying the count on a steal and lay-up by Sofia Chadwick and a pair of free throws by Abby Gallus. 

A pair of charity tosses by Kaitlyn Gorden with 19 seconds remaining put the Tigers up by two. New Prague had a final possession but a stout defensive effort and a missed shot as time expired officially put the win in the record book.

Coach Chadwick said one of the keys to victory was her team's ability to handle New Prague's full-court pressure.

"We told the girls that if they remained composed against the press and played defense like they did against Red Wing, we’d come out on top. That is exactly what they did."

With guards Sofia Chadwick and Alicia Hett handling most of the ball-handling duties, the Tigers had to look for offense elsewhere and they found it in Jordyn Homeier and Gallus. Homeier had a career night with 17 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Gallus finished with a dozen.

Sofia Chadwick added eight points, eight assists and five steals to the mix and Gorden finished with seven points, including the game-winning free throws.

Hett scored but one point but according to her coach also played a big part in the upset win.

"Alicia's defense and ball-handling in this game were incredible," she said.

The Tigers will try to make it three conference wins in a row Friday night when they entertain Holy Angels at Tiger Gum. Tip-off is 7:30.