With one-tenth of a second on the clock, Fillmore Central’s Morgan Malley steps to the free throw line to shoot three free throws, with her Falcons trailing by two points. She coolly, and perhaps calmly, canned all three, giving the Falcons a one-point win over Southland, 55 to 54.  BILL BENTSON/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
With one-tenth of a second on the clock, Fillmore Central’s Morgan Malley steps to the free throw line to shoot three free throws, with her Falcons trailing by two points. She coolly, and perhaps calmly, canned all three, giving the Falcons a one-point win over Southland, 55 to 54. BILL BENTSON/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
Morgan Malley sank three free throws with 1/10th of a second left on the clock to give Fillmore Central a hard-fought victory over the visiting Southland Rebels, 55-54.

Malley was fouled on a last-second desperation three-point shot that would have given the Lady Falcons a one-point win. Instead, she stepped to the free throw line, and coolly, and perhaps, not so calmly, drilled three straight freebies, with her Falcons trailing by two points.

Malley finished the night with a game-high 26 points, including five three's (5/11) and seven free throws (7/8). Freshman Kendyl Bennett added a dozen points and a dozen rebounds (a double-dozen) in the win. Also getting into the scorebook were Kenzie Broadwater (5), Tayah Barnes (3), Leah Scheevel (2) and Kaitlynn Aug (7).

Fillmore Central jumped out to a 10-1 lead, and led for the entire first half, 26-23, at the intermission. There were eight lead changes in the second half and two ties, the last one being at 52-52. Southland took a two-point lead with 2.9 seconds on the clock, after which led to the free throw challenge for Malley. And, as they say, the rest is history.

Bennett led the team with her 12 rebounds, followed by eight for Leah Scheevel and Malley with seven. Freshman guard Broadwater had a fine game, adding three rebounds, four assists and three steals to her five points.

With cancellations of Fillmore Central's last two games, that proved to be the last regular season game of the year, and a 12-12 campaign for the gals in 2013-14. The team finished the Three Rivers Conference with an 8-11 season.

The Lady Falcons got the No. 2 seed in the 1A East Sub-section, and will host the Hope Lutheran (No. 7) Schaeffer Academy (No. 10) winner tonight (Thursday). A win Thursday night will give the gals a trip to the Mayo Civic Auditorium on Tuesday, March 4, to meet the Spring Grove (No. 3) Kingsland (No. 6) winner.