The Fillmore Central girls basketball team had a disappointing end to the regular season, losing its last two games to Schaeffer Academy 41-34 and Cotter 51-18.  The gals finished the regular season with a 10-16 record, overall, 7-10 in the Three Rivers Conference. 

What’s next for the Lady Falcons?  Section 1A tournament basketball.  The team was seeded 13th, had been scheduled to host LeRoy-Ostrander (No. 20, 1-25) this past Tuesday, but that game was re-scheduled to Wednesday, Feb. 21, due to icy roads, sleet and generally poor weather conditions.  If the gals got a win over the Cardinals they are scheduled to travel to Grand Meadow (No. 4, 21-5) for a round of 16 game on Thursday, Feb. 22.  The quarterfinals for the top half of the bracket, where FC is seeded, are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Rochester.  The bottom half of the bracket will play their quarter-final games on Monday, Feb. 26.

In the loss to Schaeffer Academy, Paige Donlinger and Grace Miller were in double-digit scoring with 12 and 11 points, respectively.  Miller hit four of nine shots from the field, including three of seven from three-point range for her 11 points.  Donlinger had one three-pointer and hit three of four at the free throw line for part of her dozen points.  Madison Scheevel scored five points against the Ramblers, Alleigh Meyer had four and Kelly Ristau finished off the scoring with a bucket and two points. 

Miller had a team-high seven rebounds, Kassidy Broadwater had five boards and Donlinger, Scheevel, Meyer, Emma Breitsprecher and Courtney Nelson each had three.  Donlinger and Broadwater each dished out two assists to lead the team in that category.  Broadwater had a team-high five steals, with Miller getting three and Donlinger getting two.  One block each for Ristau, Broadwater and Meyer.  Kandace Sikkink did not play against the Lions.  The team shot 23.2 percent (13/56) from the field, 22.7 percent (5/22) from three-point range and 50.0 percent (3/6) at the free throw line. 

FC had its worst field goal shooting game of the season against Cotter, the last regular season game.  The gals only connected on four of 40 from the field, 10.0 percent.  They missed all eight from three-point range and made 10 of 21 (47.6 percent) at the charity line. 

Sikkink was back in the lineup and led the gals with nine points, half of the team’s 18.  Nelson had the only other basket for FC, for two points.  All the other scoring for Fillmore Central was at the free throw line, two each for Broadwater and KJ Corson, and one point each for Scheevel, Breitsprecher and Ristau.  Miller and Broadwater led the team with seven rebounds each, Sikkink pulled down six, four each for Scheevel and Meyer, three for Breitsprecher and two each for Nelson and Donlinger.  Steal leaders were Donlinger and Ashlyn Simon with two each.  No assists were recorded for any Fillmore Central player.    

Section 1A notes

Lyle/Pacelli (25-1) got the No. 1 seed, Hayfield (22-4) was No. 2, Goodhue (19-7) was No. 3, Grand Meadow (No. 4, 21-5), Houston (No. 5, 22-4), Randolph (No. 6, 19-7), Blooming Prairie (No. 7, 16-8) and Kingsland (No. 8, 13-13). 

Lyle/Pacelli is the No. 1 ranked team in the state, according to the Minnesota Basketball News.  Mt. Iron/Buhl (23-2) is ranked second, followed by Hayfield (22-4), Goodhue (19-7) and Menahga 23-0).  In the quality results formula (QRF) rankings, Hayfield is No. 1, MIB is No. 2, Lyle/P is No. 3, Goodhue is No. 4 and Ada-Borup/Norman County West is No. 5.