FC girls win in OT to open 2019

Madison Scheevel attempts a three-point shot for the Falcons. The Falcons went on to win in overtime, 61-54. DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER

Paige Donlinger goes through the crowd to get a basket for the Falcons during their game against Southland on Thursday night. DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER
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It took four minutes more, but the Fillmore Central girls’ basketball team eeked out a win over Southland 61-54 Monday, improving the Falcons’ overall record to 8-4. 

With the overtime win, the gals are now 5-2 in Three Rivers Conference play and 2-0 against teams from the West division.

“We struggled early-on in the game on our shooting percentage, especially our free throws,” said head coach Levi Olstad.  “We were one for nine in the first half, but did much better in the second half, going 11 for 15.  Kandace Sikkink really took over in the second half and overtime, scoring 18 of her 22 points, and nearly all of her 12 rebounds.  This is her second consecutive double-double for us.  Paige Donlinger went four for four at the line in overtime to help seal the victory.  We had crucial buckets from Kassidy Broadwater and Kandace Sikkink to jump out quick in the OT.  As a team we hit six of 10 free throws in the overtime.”

Sikkink’s double-double consisted of 22 points and 12 rebounds.  She also had one steal.  She was six for 15 (40.0%) from the field and hit 10 of 13 free throws, 76.9 percent.  Getting to the line is a key stat college recruiters are looking for in their players.  Donlinger also did well at the free throw line, making five of six, and finished the game with 11 points.  She also had two rebounds, two assists and a steal.  Broadwater was also in double-digits with 10 rebounds, along with three steals (team high), three assists and six points.  Emma Breitsprecher contributed eight points, a team high five steals, three rebounds and an assist.

Others getting into the scorebook were Madison Scheevel (four), Courtney Nelson (six), and Ashlyn Simon and Madison Krage (two each).

The Lady Falcons pulled down 39 boards in the game.  Besides those already mentioned, Scheevel had three, Simon two, Nelson four and Krage three.  Nelson also had an assist and Scheevel added one steal to her stats for the night.

As a team the gals shot 31.8 percent (21/66) from the field, one for seven (14.3%) from three-point range and 52.9 percent (18/34) at the free throw line.  The Lady Falcons don’t shoot the greatest percentage from the field, but their fast style-of-play and aggressiveness on the boards usually allows them to get more shots than their opponents.

The FC B squad/JV team won its game 43-24 and improved its record to 8-1.  Hadley Yoder had a double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Lauren Mensink scored eleven points on five of eight shooting from the field.  Yoder was five for 12 (41.7%) on her field goals and four for six (66.7%) at the free throw line.  KJ Corson had three assists and three steals in the win, both team highs. 

This past Tuesday the team was scheduled to travel to LeRoy-Ostrander, Thursday the Falcons host Lanesboro and Friday the gals will travel to St. Charles.  Tuesday, Jan. 15, the team will host Chatfield.