Falcon Kaitlynn Aug puts up a shot as a Lewiston-Altura defender fights for the rebound.  JILL MILLER/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Falcon Kaitlynn Aug puts up a shot as a Lewiston-Altura defender fights for the rebound. JILL MILLER/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
The Lady Falcons basketball team has lost three games in a row, but coach Sarah Tollefsrud keeps looking on the positive side of things. The three straight losses have come to Dover-Eyota (56-40), Southland (65-43) and Caledonia (60-55), dropping the gals Three Rivers Conference record to 3-8, and their overall record to 4-8. The three games came in a four-day span, last Thursday through this past Monday.

"The kids aren't quitting," said Tollefsrud, "and they're really working hard. We're still a young team and are only going to get better."

In the loss to Dover-Eyota, junior Sammi Bakke had her best outing of the season, cashing in on eight for 16 shooting from the field for a total of 17 points. She also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and was one-for-two from the free throw line. Freshman Kendyl Bennett was four-for-eight from the field for eight points, along with four rebounds. Juniors Morgan Malley and Leah Scheevel had seven and six points, respectively, while freshman Kenzie Broadwater rounded out the scoring with a bucket and two points.

In a make-up game on Saturday, Fillmore Central lost to a very scrappy Southland team. "They were very aggressive," said Tollefsrud, "and we had a very difficult time being patient on offense. We also spent a lot of time at the free throw line."

Bennett led the team in scoring with eight. She hit two of three from the field and was four-for-six at the charity line. Bakke and Tayah Barnes each had seven points. All of Barnes' points came from the free throw line, where she converted seven for seven. Others getting into the scoring column were Morgan Malley (5), Leah Scheevel (6) and Kenzie Broadwater (4). Gabrielle Shupe (4) and Kaitlynn Aug (2) came off the bench and helped in the scoring too.

Bakke and Scheevel led the team in rebounding, each with seven. Broadwater had a team-high four assists.

The loss to Caledonia came right down to the wire, with the gals losing by just five.

"It was a close one tonight," said Tollefsrud. "Down by just one with just under a minute, but we couldn't find the bucket."

Three Falcons were in double figures against the Warriors: Bakke, 17, Malley, 16, and Scheevel, 11. Scheevel pulled down 10 rebounds to record her first double-double of the season. Aug came off the bench and pulled down eight boards. Malley hit four three's in the game, and Broadwater was one-for-one from beyond the arc and finished the game with five points. Bennett hit three of six shots for six points and had five rebounds.

"Caledonia was up by 10 to 12 points at one time, and the gals came battling back," said Tollefsrud. "Morgan and Kendyl were in foul trouble in the first half and that really hurt. I think our girls panicked a bit towards the end of the game. We haven't been in this situation before, and I think we got a little too anxious. But I think we learned something that will help us later in the season."

The gals have three more games this week, Tuesday they were scheduled to host Wabasha-Kellogg, Thursday they are in Spring Grove, and Friday they are at home against 3-9 Kingsland. Tuesday, Jan. 28, they travel to undefeated Chatfield and two days later they host 11-2 Rushford-Peterson.