Fillmore Central girls return several experienced basketball players

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The Fillmore Central girls’ basketball team that went 11-17 overall last season returns several experienced players this year.

Last year the Lady Falcons had a won-lost record of 7-10 in the Three Rivers Conference and 1-1 in the section tournament.  Fillmore Central beat LeRoy-Ostrander 98-23 in the first round of play and lost to Grand Meadow 48-32 in the round of 16. 

Coach Levi Olstad, who’s starting his third year at the helm of the girls’ basketball program said, “We are looking forward to an exciting year of Lady Falcon basketball.  We have many athletes returning that have varsity experience.  We will try to lean on our leaders experience throughout this season.”

Here are those returning players and some stats for each: Paige Donlinger (senior, 28 games, 9.5 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, 2 steals per game, 1.8 assists per game); Madison Scheevel (senior, 28g, 6.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 spg); Courtney Nelson (senior, 23g, 4.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 38 percent shooting from the field); Kassidy Broadwater (junior, 28g, 3.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.1 spg, 1.3 apg); Emma Breitsprecher (junior, 27g, 7.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2 spg); Kandace Sikkink (junior, 26g, 3.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 40 percent shooting from the field and 65 percent at the free throw line); Ashlyn Simon (sophomore, 17g, 1 ppg, 1 rpg); Kelly Ristau (sophomore, 13g, 2.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 67 percent at the line); Kjerstiana (KJ) Corson (sophomore, 27g, 1.4 ppg, 1 rpg); and Hadley Yoder (sophomore, 10g, 1 ppg, 1.7 rpg).

Other players listed by coach Olstad who may see some playing time this year include sophomores Addison Schoepski, Olyiva Willford, Madison Krage and Hope Sexton, and senior Stella Schrufer and freshman Lauren Mensink.

“All of these girls have put a lot of time in this off-season with our strength and agility program, open gyms and summer league games.  They are eager to get back in the gym for another season of Lady Falcon basketball,” concluded Olstad.

Olstad has a career record of 28-30, going 17-13 his first year at Fillmore Central.

The gals opened the season this past Tuesday at home against La Crescent-Hokah.  Thursday night they will travel to Rushford-Peterson and next Tuesday, Dec. 4, they will host Grand Meadow.