Fillmore Central was anxious to play its first girls basketball game on the new gym floor in Harmony Thursday, but the Falcons ran into a very tough Dover-Eyota team that defeated them 63-28.

"Dover-Eyota is undefeated and a very talented team," said coach Sarah Tollefsrud. "We wanted to go out and play hard the entire game and I honestly thought our girls did just that."

The Fillmore Central coach said she was pleased with the team's half-court defense and its handling of D-E's press

"We had our opportunities to score on offense but D-E is long and lanky and beat us on the boards on both ends," she said. "Our passes were sometimes forced inside or they just were not as crisp as we needed them. We definitely have things to work on but I was very impressed with our effort."

Morgan Malley led the team in scoring with 10 points. Kendyl Bennett and Kaitlynn Aug each had six points while Leah Scheevel had four and Kenzie Broadwater two points.

Bennett was leading rebounder with nine and Sammi Bakke added seven. Broadwater had three steals to lead the team and tied for the lead in assists with Scheevel as each girl had two.

The Falcons were scheduled for three games on the road this week, starting with Lewiston-Altura on Tuesday, and then against non-conference neighbor Lanesboro on Thursday and at Winona Cotter on Friday. Next week, they take on Wabasha-Kellogg at home on Tuesday, travel to Southland on Thursday and to Dover-Eyota on Friday.