At the start of the season, coach Sarah Tollefsrud knew "it was going to be a tough road" this season, and that scenario is playing out for the Fillmore Central Falcon gals.

And not only is the competition tough, the schedule is very demanding. In a stretch of eight days, the gals had four games, and unfortunately have lost all four of them: Mabel-Canton (38-50), Rushford-Peterson (43-64), Caledonia (40-80) and Plainview-Elgin-Millville (34-73).

And it doesn't get any easier - competition, or schedule. The next eight days have the gals facing St. Charles, Kingsland and Chatfield and a week and a half down the road, there is another stretch of four games in eight days. But, through it all, Tollefsrud is remaining positive..."I was very proud of our overall work ethic tonight (against RP). It's been nice to see some of our younger players help us out."

In the loss to Mabel-Canton, senior Jordan O'Connor (14) and sophomore Morgan Malley (10) led the team with double-figure scoring. Sophomore Kaitlynn Aug is finding the groove, adding eight points and seven rebounds. Getting two points each were sophomore Leah Scheevel, eighth grader Kenzie Broadwater and eighth grader Kendyl Bennett. The latter two are two of the younger players Tollefsrud was referring to. Broadwater also had six steals.

Morgan Malley continued her double-digit scoring against Rushford-Peterson, knocking down three three's and a total of 16 points. She also had a team high eight rebounds. Also adding to the scoring were Jordan O'Connor (9), Kaitlynn Aug (6), Leah Scheevel (4), Kayley Olson (3), Kenzie Broadwater (3) and Kendyl Bennett (2). Broadwater had a team high four assists and Scheevel pulled down seven boards.

Against the Warriors, Malley (16) and O'Connor (14) were the scoring leaders again. Both were very accurate from three-point range. Malley drilled four of seven and O'Connor connected on three of seven. Seven for 14 is the best "long range" showing by the Falcons this year. Scheevel (4), Aug (4) and Broadwater (2) rounded out the gals' scoring effort.

Scheevel (8), Aug (6) and Malley (5) were the rebound leaders; Malley had a team high four steals and Broadwater was tops in assists with four.

In the final game of the four game run, Malley topped the team with 15 points, hitting six of 11 field goals, including three of six from beyond the arc. Aug added seven points and O'Connor chipped in with four. Getting one bucket each were freshmen Gabrielle Shupe, Scheevel, Broadwater and Bennett.

Tuesday night the gals hosted St. Charles and Friday night they will travel to Kingsland.