The Fillmore Central girls basketball team started the season with a 49-34 win at Kingsland on Tuesday, Dec. 3, but the Falcons fell to Chatfield, one of the Three Rivers Conference favorites, 56-25 on Friday.

At Kingsland, the biggest difference was three point shooting as the Falcons made five of 11 attempts and Kingsland made just one in 11 tries. The rest of the statistics were fairly even in the game.

"For the first night, I was very pleased with our overall effort the girls made," said Fillmore Central coach Sarah Tollefsrud. "I could tell from the tip off that we were focused and ready, lots of energy."

Kingsland scored first, but Fillmore Central built the lead early and never gave it up. Fillmore Central led 34-17 at the half. However, two of the team's posts recorded their third foul at the half and guard Morgan Malley got her third early in the second half.

"I thought our girls worked really well together when things started to go bad, they were able to pull through and hung in there and pull through to get a good, first win for us," said Tollefsrud. "It was a team effort for sure."

Kenzie Broadwater and Malley led the team in scoring with 16 and 15 points respectively. Broadwater was perfect from three-point range in two attempts while Malley scored the other three-pointers.

Also scoring were Sammi Bakke with six points, Gabrielle Shupe with five points, Kendyl Bennett, Paige Bennett and Kaitlynn Aug with two each, and Leah Scheevel with one point.

The Falcons were strong on the boards with Bakke leading the way with eight. Broadwater and Scheevel each added seven. Malley led the team in assists with five and steals with seven.

"I thought we did a nice job looking to score on offense in the first half and our shots were falling," said Tollefsrud. "Kenzie (Broadwater) and Morgan (Malley) both did a nice job shooting the ball and both did a nice job of attacking the basket."

Vs. Chatfield

In the home opener against Chatfield, the two teams played evenly for the first four minutes before the Gophers went on a bit of a run to finish the half with a 37-18 lead.

The Falcons "had a lot of energy and came out on the court playing very good ball," said Tollefsrud, but they "lost a bit of that momentum" toward the last eight minutes of the half.

"Chatfield is a good team; they are athletic and quick and a top team in our conference," said Tollefsrud. "We just struggled putting the ball in the hole in the second half; we had good attempts, they just would not fall. No one likes to lose but our girls still went out and played hard."

Malley led the team in scoring with nine points, followed by Broadwater with seven, Kendyl Bennett with three, and Scheevel, Paige Bennett and Bakke with two each.

Kendyl Bennett led the team in rebounds with eight, followed by Malley and Scheevel with four each, Broadwater with three, Aug with two and Paige Bennett with one.

Malley had the only assist for the team as well as the only two steals.

Next up

The Falcons were scheduled to play at Rushford-Peterson Tuesday, Dec. 10. They face Plainview-Elgin-Millville at home Friday and then St. Charles at home next Thursday, Dec. 19, to end action before the holiday break.