Farmington’s Paige Kindseth drove to the basket above Eden Prairie’s defense in the first half of the Class 4A quarterfinal Wednesday at Williams Arena. Photo: ELIZABETH FLORES • email@example.com
Farmington suffered two significant injuries to key players this season, requiring position changes and adjustment on the fly.
The Tigers survived those setbacks to advance to the state tournament for the first time in team history. No way a little end-of-game chaos Wednesday was going to do them in.
Farmington held off a frenetic late rally by Eden Prairie to pull out a 58-54 victory.
The Eagles had trailed by as many as six points in the second half but cut the deficit to 55-54 when junior guard Destinee Bursch made a steal and a layup with 1 minute, 3 seconds left. Eden Prairie had three opportunities to tie the score or go ahead in the final minute but failed to convert them.
Paige Kindseth had a double-double, 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Peyton Blandin scored 18 points to help No. 2-seeded Farmington survive with a 58-54 victory over Eden Prairie.
Eden Prairie had cut the lead to one, 55-54, on a driving basket by Destinee Bursch with 1:03 left and regained possession after Farmington was called for traveling.
But the Eagles turned the ball over with 41.1 seconds left. On the inbounds, Eden Prairie committed an intentional foul and Kinseth hit one of two free throws.
Farmington then turned the ball over when it got the ball back, but Eden Prairie’s Nia Holloway missed a layup that would have tied the game.
Farmington then converted two of four free throws in the final seconds to seal the victory.
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