Madison Krage searches for an open teammate during the Falcons’ game against Kingsland last Tuesday night.
Madison Krage searches for an open teammate during the Falcons’ game against Kingsland last Tuesday night. DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER

The Fillmore Central girls basketball team had three pretty tough games this past week, two with ranked teams (Caledonia, Lyle/Pacelli) and one with an up-and-coming Kingsland team. 

The gals started the week off with a loss to Kingsland (55-44), then moved to the top of the stove with a loss to No. 17 Class AA Caledonia (63-42), then into the frying pan with the No. 1 ranked team in Class A, Lyle/Pacelli, their third loss, 62-33.  Turnovers were a major factor in each of the losses, 17 against the Knights, 23 against the Warriors, and 24 against the top ranked Athletics.

In all three losses, 5’2” junior Paige Donlinger led the team in scoring and rebounding.  She also tied, or led the team in steals, in two of the three games. 

In the loss to Kingsland Donlinger had 16 points, making nine of 13 from the free throw line.  She added seven rebounds, four of the five team’s assists and two steals.  Emma Breitsprecher had nine points against the Knights, converting four of eight from the field and one of one at the free throw line.  She also had four rebounds and two steals.  Also scoring for the Lady Falcons were Madison Scheevel (six), Grace Miller (five), and Kassidy Broadwater, Alleigh Meyer, Courtney Nelson and Kandace Sikkink with two each.  Miller and Breitsprecher each had four rebounds, and Nelson and Miller each tied for the top in steals with three.  Coming up with three rebounds each were Sikkink, Broadwater and Scheevel.  Broadwater and Breitsprecher each had two steals.  The team shot 26.0 percent (13/50) from the field, 18.2 percent (2/11) from three-point range and 64.0 percent (16/25) at the free throw line.

Donlinger (11) and Breitsprecher (10) were both in double-digits in the loss to Caledonia.  KJ Corson contributed six points, five for Scheevel, Nelson had four and two each for Kelly Ristau, Madison Krage and Sikkink.  Leaders on the boards were Donlinger and Breitsprecher, with eight and six, respectively.  Donlinger (three), Corson (three) and Broadwater (two) topped the steal charts and Broadwater dished out the most assists, three.  The team shot 37.3 percent (19/51) from the field, 27.3 percent (3/11) from beyond the arc and 16.7 percent (1/6) at the charity line.

And now to this past Monday’s game with Lyle/Pacelli.  In spite of the fact that the team lost by 29 points and had 31 turnovers, it really didn’t feel like a big blowout.  Other than the fact that the Falcons had so many turnovers, it didn’t really seem like the gals played that badly against the No. 1 team in the state.  I’ve seen Mountain Iron-Buhl, Hayfield and Goodhue play this year, and the Athletics are legitimate.  They put five pretty good players on the floor and have some OK people coming off the bench. 

Donlinger topped the scoring list again with a dozen points.  She also pulled down nine rebounds and came up with two steals. Sikkink played a solid game with six points (2/3 field goals, 2/2 free throws), four rebounds and a steal.  Breitsprecher also had six points and three rebounds and Scheevel chipped in five points.  Miller was back on the floor with two points, three rebounds and a team-high two assists.  Meyer and Ristau each went one for two at the charity line for one point each.  Breitsprecher and Broadwater each had three rebounds and Broadwater added a pair of steals.  Meyer, Corson and Krage each had two rebounds in the loss.  The team shot 23.1 percent (12/52) from the field, 15.4 percent (2/13) from downtown and 50.0 percent (7/14) at the free throw line. 

This past Tuesday the gals were scheduled to host Rushford-Peterson and Thursday they will be in Lewiston-Altura.  Then the Falcons are off until Thursday, Feb. 8, when they will travel to No. 13 ranked Grand Meadow.