Morgan Malley shoots from beyond the arc for three points against St. Charles last Thursday evening in Preston.  LINDSAY BARNES/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Morgan Malley shoots from beyond the arc for three points against St. Charles last Thursday evening in Preston. LINDSAY BARNES/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Fillmore Central downed St. Charles 49-40 Thursday at home in the only girls basketball game of the week for the Falcons.

Fillmore Central got off to a great start in the first eight minutes of the game before the Falcons got into a little bit of foul trouble.

"We have gone almost a week without a game so I think the girls were more than ready to play and they certainly showed that at tip off," said coach Sarah Tollefsrud. "Morgan Malley gave us a big spark in the first half with her four threes (three-point shots)."

The Falcons led by as many as 15 points in the first half and ended the half with a 26-20 lead. They outscored the Saints 23-20 in the second half, although the Saints did cut the lead to one point with 12 minutes left in the game.

"St. Charles did a nice job in the second half really putting pressure on Malley and trying to limit her touches on the ball," said Tollefsrud. "It was nice to see a more rounded scoring for our team and to distribute some of those points. The girls had to figure out how to score without Morgan and I thought it was a nice team win."

Fillmore Central shot 40 percent from the floor and made five of 12 free throws, which compares to the Saints' 32 percent and six for 12 in free throw shooting. The Falcons also had a 31-27 edge in rebounding.

"I thought we used our post players more this game and they all did a good job inside on offense," said Tollefsrud.

Malley finished with 15 points to lead the Falcons. Kendyl Bennett added 10 points. Leah Scheevel had eight, Kaitlynn Aug seven, Kenzie Broadwater five and Gabrielle Shupe four.

Scheevel led the team in rebounds with seven while Sammi Bakke and Broadwater added five each. Broadwater also had a team-high six assists and five steals.

Both teams are now 2-3 overall and in conference play as all five games for each team were against Three Rivers Conference opponents.

The Falcons are off until 2014 when they face undefeated Dover-Eyota at home on Jan. 2.