The Fillmore Central Falcons traveled to Winona Cotter on Friday night. Paige Donlinger gets a shot off during the game.
The Fillmore Central Falcons traveled to Winona Cotter on Friday night. Paige Donlinger gets a shot off during the game. DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER

Back in December of 2017 the Fillmore Central boys basketball team got its first win of the season, 57-54 over Cotter/Hope Lutheran.  The Falcons didn’t have the same results in February of 2018 as the Falcons lost to the Ramblers 63-34 last week. 

In the recent loss to the Ramblers, Fillmore Central shot 24.5 percent (13/53) from the field, 21.7 percent (5/23) from three-point range, and 27.3 percent (3/11) at the free throw line. No player was in double-figure scoring.   Fast-backward to December, the Falcons shot 42.6   percent (20/47) from the field, 29.4 percent (5/17) from long-range and 66.7 percent (12/18) at the charity line with three players in double-digit scoring.

Not all was doom-and-gloom in the loss.  Logan Corson was two for two from three-point range, Dawson Schmidt hit two of four from beyond the arc (2/5 overall), Matt Lutes was one for one in threes, Tyler Raaen was one for one in his field goal shooting and Nate Haugerud connected on three of his four free throws. Lutes and Brock Walsh hit one of two overall in their field goals.   Haugerud led the team in scoring with seven points, Corson and Schmidt had six each and Josh Peters had four.  Coming up with solo baskets were Raaen, Hadrian Williams, Lutes (three-pointer), Walsh and Luke Ristau. 

Lutes was tops in rebounds with five along with four each for Ristau and Haugerud, three for Schmidt, two each for Connor Dols and Colten Kraling and one rebound each for Thomas Murphy, Raaen, Corson, Walsh, Peters and Mason Berg.  Haugerud had three of the team’s six assists, two for Peters and one for Schmidt.  Murphy had the only recorded steal for Fillmore Central.  Also to Fillmore Central’s credit, the Falcons had only six turnovers. 

Fillmore Central’s record is now 7-17, 3-12 in the Three Rivers Conference. 

Tuesday night’s game in Caledonia was postponed and moved to Thursday, Feb. 22.  There will only be a varsity game, scheduled for 5 p.m.  The Falcons finish the regular season Friday night, Feb. 23, at home with Rushford-Peterson. 

Section 1A notes

There will only be one tournament this year in Section 1A.  No sub-sections.  Coaches will vote for the seeding. The seeding is expected to be done this weekend.   Interestingly, the southern four sections, one through four, will vote, the northern four sections, five through eight, will use the quality results formula (QRF).  Sections one and four will have one tournament.  Sections two, three, five, six, seven and eight still have sub-sections. 

There will be three play-in games; No. 16 vs No. 17 (to take on No. 1), No. 15 vs No. 18 (to take on No. 2) and No. 14 vs No. 19 (to take on No. 3).  Likely, the play-in games will be played on Tuesday, Feb. 27, with the round of 16 games on Thursday, March 1. 

Spring Grove has taken over the top spot, according to QRF, in Section 1A.  The Lions are followed by Rushford-Peterson, Randolph, Schaeffer Academy, Bethlehem Academy and Wabasha-Kellogg in the top six. 

There are 19 teams in Section 1A.  Minnesota Academy for the Deaf will not be playing in the section tournament.