Just a week after capturing the program's first South Suburban Conference championship, the Farmington Tigers girls' basketball team garnered the No. 1 seed in Section 1AAAA and proceeded to demolish the No. 8 Rochester Century Panthers by 60 points in the first round. The Tigers finished their regular season with a 22-4 record and went 15-3 in the SSC. Having won their last three games of the regular season, Farmington went into the playoffs ranked No. 7 in Class 4A and immediately dismantled the Panthers 79-19 in the opening round. They will next face No. 4 Lakeville South (who beat No. 5 New Prague on 57-47) on Saturday, March 2, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. The two teams have already met twice this season with the Tigers winning both match-ups 52-42 and 51-46. The winner plays in the section championship game on Friday, March 8, also in Rochester.
The Farmington defense was stingy throughout their win over Rochester Century as they held the Panthers to just nine points in the first half and 10 in the second half. Meanwhile, the Tiger offense was clicking with four players in double figures and 11 different players scoring. They led 49-9 at halftime on their way to a 79-19 victory.
Junior point guard and captain Molly Mogensen led all scorers with 17 points, followed by sophomore Paige Kindseth with 16. Both sophomore Peyton Blandin and junior Morgan Ebel added 11 points each and sophomore center Sophie Hart contributed six. Senior Kaitlin Winston, junior Katelyn Mohr and sophomore Maleah Scott all had four points apiece, freshman Grace Schaffer had three, sophomore Rachel Krebs two and senior Myiah Scott one.
On the bottom half of the Section 1AAAA bracket, No. 3 Rochester John Marshall beat No. 6 Rochester Mayo 46-40 and No. 2 Lakeville North defeated No. 7 Owatonna 83-46.