12/26/2012 2:07:00 PM Fillmore Central gals lose to No. 8 D-E O'Connor/Bakke lead scoring
By Bill Bentson
The Fillmore Central girls basketball team lost a Three Rivers match-up with Dover-Eyota, 77-46, last week. The Eagles are 10-0 on the season and currently ranked eighth in the most recent basketball poll.
Senior Jordan O'Connor had another good scoring night with 14 points, hitting five of her 10 shots from the field and four of six at the line. Sammi Bakke hit six of 12 shots from the field and finished the night with a dozen.
Leading rebounders were Bakke (8), Leah Scheevel (7) and guard Morgan Malley (6).
"D-E is the real deal and a very good team," said head coach Sarah Tollefsrud. "Our girls went into the game very relaxed and confident. I thought we played good team defense on Dover-Eyota in the first half. I know we lost big, but the outcome wasn't near as important as the smiles we had during the game."
Dover-Eyota is averaging 77.3 points on offense and giving up just 45.1 ppg, so the Lady Falcons were right in the ballpark.
Morgan Malley and O'Connor each had three steals, and two and three assists, respectively.
"I was very pleased with our overall effort," concluded Tollefsrud.
Fillmore Central hosted Southland last Friday night and then is off until Jan. 7, when the girls will host Mabel-Canton. The gals are 2-5 in the tough Three Rivers Conference, and 2-6, overall. In addition to Dover-Eyota's eighth place ranking, Caledonia (8-0) sits at No. 6 and Southland (5-2) only lost to No. 2 New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva, by seven points. Top Division I recruit Carlie Wagner had 50 points for NRHEG in the win over the Rebels.