Fillmore Central girls run
into two strong opponents
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 8:04 AM
Fillmore Central ran into two very tough Three Rivers Conference teams, coming away with a couple losses in girls basketball action last week.
The girls fell 59-32 to Rushford-Peterson at home on Tuesday. The Trojans, now 6-0 on the season, led 46-20 and extended the margin by just one point in the second half.
"R-P is a very good, disciplined team, well coached," said Fillmore Central coach Sarah Tollefsrud. "Their zone press is very good and I think our girls were very timid from the start. I thought we handled their defense better in the second half and figured out that we need to be a little more aggressive on the offensive side. We have been having a few off shooting nights, but I know that will improve."
The Falcons shot 35 percent from the floor and 42 percent from the line.
Kendyl Bennett was perfect in four attempts from the field and added two free throws to lead the team in scoring with 10 points. Kenzie Broadwater and Morgan Malley each scored six points, Kaitlynn Aug added five, Sammi Bakke scored four and Tayah Barnes had one point to round out the Fillmore Central scoring.
The team had 21 rebounds with Bakke's seven leading the way. Broadwater had four assists.
Rushford-Peterson shot better, making 53 percent from the field, but the big difference was turnovers as the Falcons had 24 to R-P's five.
Friday, the Falcons fell to 4-1 Plainview-Elgin-Millville 72-22.
"PEM is a good team and offensively is tough to stop. They have depth and are aggressive on the boards," said Tollefsrud. "Before the game even started, we really wanted our kids to go out and have fun and play together. Even though we had a big loss, I can say they did that."
The big difference in this game was shooting. PEM shot 64 percent from the field and 60 percent from the free throw line while the Falcons connected on just 17 percent from the field, although they made five of eight from the line.
"We had several opportunities again to score but struggled to connect," said Tollefsrud. "We had good outside shooting from Malley but then we really dropped off after that. We are still trying to get our kids to have confidence in themselves. We are trying to get better as a team and I think we are heading in the right direction."
Malley ended up with all but seven of the team's points as she scored 15, making three of six two-point shots and three of nine three-point attempts. Bennett and Gabriel Shupe each added three points and Barnes had one.
Broadwater led the team in rebounding with five. She also had all of the team's three assists and led the team with two steals.
The Falcons have just one game this week - Thursday at home against St. Charles - and then take a break for the holidays.