Fillmore Central gals win season opener


DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER Kassidy Broadwater breezes by Hayfield defenders as she brings the ball down the court for Fillmore Central in the season opener.
By: 
Bill Bentson

The Fillmore Central girls basketball team opened the 2019-2020 season with a 60-47 non-conference win over Hayfield. 

The gals were scheduled to play at La Crescent-Hokah this past Tuesday, and will host Rushford-Peterson next Tuesday.

In the win over the Lady Vikings, Fillmore Central did have 19 turnovers, but a balanced scoring attack compensated for the first-game jitters.  Leading the way in the scoring column was Lauren Mensink (15), followed by Kelly Ristau (14), Madison Krage (11) and Emma Breitsprecher (10).  Also making it into the scorebook were Kassidy Broadwater (7), Kammry Broadwater (2) and Ashlyn Simon (1).

Krage was a perfect six for six in her shooting for the game, five for five from the field and one for one at the free throw line.  Also shooting well in the first game of the season were Ristau (6/14 field goals, 2/2 free throws) and Breitsprecher (4/10 FG, 2/2 FT).  Mensink had a pair of three-pointers and Kas Broadwater hit one.

Ristau had her first double-double against the Vikings, as she pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds.  Adding to the boards total were Mensink (6), Simon (4), Kam Broadwater (4) and Kas Broadwater (3).

Leading the floor game (assists and steals) was Kas Broadwater.  She came up with five assists and four steals, both team highs, or tied for team high.  Coming up with two assists each were Kam Broadwater, Mensink and Breitsprecher.  Mensink was the co-leader in steals with four.  Breitsprecher picked off three steals and Krage had two.

The team had 33 rebounds, 12 assists and 14 steals.  Field goal shooting was 37.7 percent (23/61), 25 percent (3/12) from three-point range, and 55.0 percent (11/20) at the charity stripe. 

The JV team lost its opener 26-40.  The “bombers” were up 26-20 at halftime, but didn’t score any points in the second half.  Madison Krage was the leading scorer with 10 points.  Olyvia Willford and Hope Sexton each had five points.

Writer’s notes:  I think 40 percent shooting from the field for a game is good and will generally report field goal percentage when that happens. Also, 33.3 percent shooting from three-point range will generate the same points as 50 percent from two-point range, so will most-likely report that also.  Double-digits in steals and assists is OK (good), but double-digits in turnovers is stretching it; 20+ is not good. Also, if I’m not at the game, I can’t report anything different than what the stat people send me, so please don’t blame the messenger!  Thanks. Have a great season!  Syiags (see you in a gym someplace, sometime, somewhere, or soon, or any other “s” to your liking).