Falcons lose to St. Charles in only game of week

DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER Carson Kiehne takes a shot for Fillmore Central over a Schaeffer Academy defender.
Bill Bentson

“We stayed with them for a half,” said Paul Trende, Fillmore Central stat person about the Falcons’ game against St. Charles last week.  “Our defense couldn’t stop them,” he added.  “They’re just too talented.”

At the middle of the first half, Fillmore Central was within three, 26-23, but fell off to trail at the half-time break, 48-26.

At one time, according to Trende, the Falcons scored on eight of their nine possessions.  However, concurrently (plus), St. Charles scored on 13 of their 15 possessions.

The team didn’t shoot badly, 21 of 53 (39.6%), but turned the ball over 21 times.  The team had 18 assists, so it’s not a matter of not sharing the ball either.  It seems, statistically speaking, that the team lacks aggressiveness, getting to the free throw line just five times (making just two) and settling for three-pointers, 27 of them, which was more than half the field goal attempts.  But the team did make nine of the 27 (33.3%), which in field goal effectiveness, is equivalent to 50.0 percent.

St. Charles committed just nine turnovers in the game.

Zach Haugerud (16) and Haidyn Gunderson (12) were both in double-digit scoring, hitting six of 14 (42.8%) and five of 11 (45.4%) from the field, respectively.  Cory Brown came off the bench and scored six points, hitting two of his five three-point attempts.

Also getting into the scorebook were Grant Kennedy (3), Carson Kiehne (2), Ian Shupe (2), Mason Berg (3), Wyatt Breeser (4), Jecob Wood (2), and Bryce Corson (3).  These were Berg’s first points of the season, having missed 10 of the first 12 games.

Others connecting on three-pointers were Haugerud (4/11), Gunderson (2/6) and Corson (1/2).

Leading in rebounds were Kennedy (6) and Gunderson (5), with Shupe, Berg and Breeser pulling down three each.

Gunderson dished out seven assists, with three for Kennedy and two each for Haugerud and Breeser.  FC only had four steals in the game, also indicating a lack of aggressiveness.

The team hosted Chatfield Tuesday night and will travel to Dover-Eyota on Friday.  The team is home with PEM on Tuesday, Jan. 21.