Not only does Fillmore Central have a very young team, one senior, but it has had more than its share of injuries, plaguing the team this season. Well, they've still only got one senior, Jordan O'Connor, but they are just about back to full strength as a squad. O'Connor and Sammi Bakki are back in the line-up, and Larissa Armstrong is "seeing the light at the end of the tunnel," as far as returning to the playing floor.

And adding to all those woes, they are being subjected to a grueling schedule, namely, five games in a matter of six days. The gals had games last Thursday (lost to Spring Grove 65-50), Friday (lost to Dover-Eyota 67-26), Saturday (beat Lewiston-Altura 48-40), this past Monday (lost to Grand Meadow 49-38) and traveled to Southland this past Tuesday.

In the win over the Cardinals the gals put together a balanced scoring attack and weathered the pressure applied by L-A. Morgan Malley led the scoring with 15, followed by Jordan O'Connor and Sammi Bakke, each with eight, Kenzie Broadwater with seven, Leah Scheevel with six and Kaitlynn Aug adding four. Cami Jones and Gabrielle Shupe did not score, but gave the players a much needed rest during the contest. "When the game was on the line, our gals played tough," said coach Sarah Tollefsrud.

The score was tied at 29-29 midway through the second half. Kenzie Broadwater hit two for two at the line, propelling the Lady Falcons to a 12-2 run and a 10 point lead with just under four minutes to play. Broadwater had seven points in the game, all free throws as she connected for seven of 12 in the game. The score was deadlocked four times in the second half, before the ladies could finally put it away.

Individual scoring vs. Lewiston-Altura...Morgan Malley 15, Jordan O'Connor 8, Leah Scheevel 6, Kenzie Broadwater 7, Sammi Bakke 8, Kaitlynn Aug 4. Three's, 2; Malley (2).

An interesting, and humorous note in the game....Mark Scheevel was running the clock, I believe for the first time in his life, and was very nervous. Needless to say, he got caught up in the action every once in a while, and there were a couple "malfunctions"....I told Scheevel after the game, "him running the clock was like a Sherlock Holmes novel...it was a mystery to him, but elementary for us."

The gals played a pretty good game against sub-section rival Spring Grove, losing by 15. Again, a solid and balanced scoring attack by the young Falcons kept them in the game for most of the night. FC trailed by nine at halftime, 33-24, and played the Lions pretty even in the second half, 32-26. Morgan Malley led the scoring with 15. Leah Scheevel was also in double-figures with 10. Sammi Bakke was back in the line-up for the Falcons, after missing several games with an injury. Her return is welcomed wholeheartedly!

Individual scoring vs. Spring Grove...Malley 15, O'Connor 6, Scheevel 10, Broadwater 9, Bakke 4, Aug 6. Three's, 0.

In the loss to Dover-Eyota, Tollefsrud said "this was a tough one. One of those 'forget me' nights." Dover-Eyota is battling Southland for the conference lead and was ranked in the top 10, Class AA, at the time of the game.

Individual scoring vs. Dover-Eyota...Malley 10, O'Connor 5, Scheevel 2, Bakke 2, Aug 4, Kendyl Bennett 3. Three's, 1; Malley.

After Tuesday's game with Southland, the gals have a week off until they host Rushford-Peterson on Tuesday, Feb. 12.