Fillmore Central girls pick up two wins
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 3:40 AM
Fillmore Central had to wait a week, but the Falcons finally got to play Lewiston-Altura Monday night and came away with a 63-28 win in girls basketball.
The game was originally scheduled for last Tuesday, but cold weather canceled school that day. The Falcons did get two games in later in the week, beating Lanesboro and losing to Winona Cotter.
Against Lewiston in a game played at home, the Falcons jumped to a 31-15 halftime lead and widened the gap even more in the second half.
"It was nice to have a great start and to be able to continue to play well and put two good halves together," said coach Sarah Tollefsrud. "Everyone got a chance to play and score. It was a team win."
Morgan Malley led the team in scoring with 18 points. Kendyl Bennett added 12. Every player scored: Sammi Bakke and Kaitlynn Aug, eight each; Leah Scheevel and Paige Bennett, four each; Megan Hendrickson, Kenzie Broadwater, Cami Jones and Gabrielle Shupe, two each; and Tayah Barnes, one.
Aug led the team in rebounding with nine while Scheevel added seven and Malley and Bakke each had five. Broadwater led the team in assists with six. Scheevel had a team-high five steals.
The 46-32 win at Lanesboro Thursday "wasn't pretty," said Tollefsrud, as the girls didn't have a solid start, which hasn't been typical this season. However, the Falcons quickly recovered to take a 28-15 lead at the half.
The coach was happy with the half-court defense and even more impressed with the team's press in the first half as the Falcons haven't pressed much this year. The team has been working on it and decided to give it a try.
"Considering how new it is to the girls, I thought they ran it well and we were able to frustrate Lanesboro a bit and create some turnovers," she said.
However, she said "we just did not execute on offense tonight and we rushed a lot of things." The shots weren't going in as the Falcons converted just 32 percent from the field and 46 percent from the foul line. The team made just one of 10 three-point attempts.
Scheevel was in foul trouble early on and that hurt the Falcons not having her in for most of the game, said Tollefsrud.
"I really thought our freshman post Kendyl Bennett did a nice job all around for us," commented the coach. "She is a great kid and works hard and I was happy she had a good game."
Bennett led the team in scoring as she hit five of seven from the field to score 14 points total. Malley added 10 points and tied with Bakke for the team lead in rebounds at five. Broadwater had eight assists to lead the team.
The Falcons had 18 steals, led by Broadwater with six, Bakke with five and Scheevel with four.
"Even though we may have not played to our potential tonight, I was very happy to get the win and an important sub-section win," said Tollefsrud.
It was tough going in the first half against Winona Cotter Friday on the road as the Falcons fell behind 32-10 at the half on the way to a 53-32 loss.
"Lack of energy and it certainly looked like we had played the night before," explained Tollefsrud. "Cotter is a scrappy team. They are good at the dribble drive and they work hard. Defensively, we just could not stay with them man to man."
Fillmore Central switched up its defense in the second half and that "picked up our energy level a few notches," said Tollefsrud, as "I was very pleased with our work ethic in the second half. We were able to outscore Cotter in the second half by one. I think that was mainly due to our intensity and confidence in the second half."
Malley and Bennett led the team in scoring with eight points each. Barnes added six, Bakke four, Broadwater three, Jones two and Aug one.
Bennett and Bakke each had six rebounds to lead the team. Broadwater had six steals in the game.
This week, the Falcons, now 4-5 overall, were scheduled to take on 3-8 Wabasha-Kellogg at home on Tuesday, travel to 6-5 Southland on Thursday and to 11-1 Dover-Eyota on Friday.
Next week, Monday is a home game against 3-7 Caledonia, followed by a game at 9-2 Spring Grove on Thursday and a game at home against 2-8 Kingsland on Friday.