Fillmore Central’s Tayah Barnes shoots a three-pointer from beyond the arc while teammate Leah Scheevel goes toward the inside.  MARILYN BAKKE/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Fillmore Central’s Tayah Barnes shoots a three-pointer from beyond the arc while teammate Leah Scheevel goes toward the inside. MARILYN BAKKE/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
This past week the Fillmore Central girls basketball team picked up a pair of wins against St. Charles (50-46) and Mabel-Canton (53-38) and lost a hard-fought game against No. 5 state-ranked Lyle/Pacelli (56-50). With those "decisions" the gals are now 6-11 in Three Rivers Conference play, and 10-12, overall.

In the win Monday night over Mabel-Canton, coach Sarah Tollefsrud said, "I was pleased with our overall effort on defense. Our offense just wasn't clicking tonight and I don't think we were as aggressive on the boards as we needed to be. Tayah Barnes had a nice game. Our defense was the key for our win tonight." Barnes and Morgan Malley led the team in scoring with 11 each. Barnes hit three of five from three-point range and Malley added a pair of three's. Kendyl Bennett and Sammi Bakke each added eight points to the scoring cause, while Kenzie Broadwater (5), Leah Scheevel (6) and Kaitlynn Aug (4) also contributed. Bakke led the team with four steals and Broadwater dished out a team high five assists.

Scoring vs. Mabel-Canton (fg-ftm/fta-tp): Broadwater 1-3/8-5, Malley 3-3/5-11, Kendyl Bennett 4-0-8, Barnes 4-0/1-11, Scheevel 3-0/2-6, Paige Bennett 0-0/1-0, Bakke 4-0-8, Aug 2-0-4, team 21-6/17-53. Three's, 5: Malley (2), Barnes (3).

Scheevel had one of her best games of the season, scoring 14 points against St. Charles on five-for-nine shooting. Malley also had 14 points, hitting three of seven from long range and three of four at the charity line. Aug had a nice game with seven rebounds and six points (3/5 shooting). Freshman Kendyl Bennett also had seven boards. "We finally won a close game," said coach Tollefsrud. "We trailed the entire first half. We could have thrown this one away, but we played tough defense at the end of the game."

Scoring vs St. Charles: Broadwater 2-2/4-6, Malley 4-3/4-14, K Bennett 2-0-4, Scheevel 5-4/6-14, Bakke 2-0-4, Aug 3-0/2-6, Gabrielle Shupe 1-0-2, team 19-9/16-50. Three's, 3: Malley (3).

Tollefsrud was really pleased with the effort the girls made against Lyle/Pacelli. Foul trouble plagued the girls against the No. 5 ranked Athletics. Kendyl Bennett, Broadwater and Scheevel, three starters, saw their playing time cut because of their foul troubles. "Our defense was solid in the first half," said Tollefsrud. The score was tied, 31-31, at halftime.

Malley and Scheevel top the Falcon scoring with a dozen each. The team hit 15 of 21 free throws against L/P, one of their best efforts of the season.

Scoring vs. Lyle/Austin Pacelli: Broadwater 1-2/2-4, Malley 3-4/4-12, K Bennett 3-0-6, Barnes 1-2/2-5, Scheevel 3-6/10-12, Bakke 4-0-8, Aug 1-1/3-3, team 16-15/21-50. Three's, 3: Malley (2), Barnes.

Here's the scoring against Plainview-Elgin-Millville, which wasn't available when we went to print last week.

Scoring vs. PEM: Broadwater 0-2/2-2, Malley 6-0-15, K Bennett 2-1/2-5, Scheevel 1-0-2, Aug 1-2/4-4, Shupe 1-0-2, team 11-5/8-30. Three's, 3: Malley (3).

Friday night the gals travel to Lewiston-Altura and next Tuesday they host the "up-and-down" Southland Rebels. The gals wrap up their regular season schedule next week with additional games against Houston (Thursday) and Caledonia (Friday).