Lady Falcons drop two as regular season winds down

By: 
Bill Bentson

The Fillmore Central girls basketball team lost a pair of games last week to a pair of AA schools, dropping them to 16-8 for the season and 8-5 in the Three Rivers Conference.  The losses came to Dover-Eyota (16-7), 56-54, and Cotter (20-3), 76-45.

This past Tuesday the gals played Caledonia at home and Thursday they will close out the regular season with a home game against Lewiston-Altura.

In the loss to Cotter, Kandace Sikkink got back into double-figure scoring as she led the team with 23 points and seven rebounds.  Sikkink hit seven of 13 from the field (53.8%) and nine of 11, 81.8%, at the free throw line.  Emma Breitsprecher was also in double-digits with 10.  She hit four of eight from the field, including one of two from three-point range and had one free throw.  Kelly Ristau and Kassidy Broadwater scored four points and two points each for Lauren Mensink and Ashlyn Simon.

Kas Broadwater pulled down six rebounds, with four for Madison Krage and three for Ristau.  Kas Broadwater led the team in assists (4) and steals (3).  Kammry Broadwater dished out three assists and Breitsprecher came up with two steals.

The team didn’t shoot particularly well against the Lady Ramblers: 31.5 percent (17/54) from the field, 16.7 percent (1/6) from three-point range and just 47.6 percent (10/21) at the free throw line.

The JV team got a win over Cotter, 42-38.  Regan Hanson led the team with 10 points, with nine for Alyssa Britton and seven for Olyvia Willford.  Hanson and Madison Simon led the team with four rebounds each. Abby Bothun had a team high four steals. 

The Lady Falcons held a one-point lead over D-E, 32-31, at halftime, but fell by three in the second half, 25-22.

Breitsprecher had the hot-hand for the Lady Falcons against the Eagles.  She hit eight of her 11 field goals (2/4 threes) and finished the game with a team-high 18 points.  Sikkink, Simon and Mensink each had six points, with five points each for Kas Broadwater and Hope Sexton, four points for Ristau and a bucket and two points for Kam Broadwater and Madison Krage.  Sikkink had been in double-digit scoring for 15 straight games until the half-dozen here in the D-E game.

Sikkink did get into double-figures in rebounds with a team-high 12.  Kas Broadwater pulled down six boards, with four each for Kam Broadwater and Krage and three each for Mensink and Breitsprecher.  Kas Broadwater led the team with four assists and two steals.  Kam Broadwater dished out three assists.

The Falcons only went to the line three times, and missed all three.  The team shot 36.4 percent (24/66) from the field, six of 17 (35.3%) from downtown.

The JV team lost to Cotter 57-51.  Courtney Hershberger (14), Madison Krage (14) and Hanson (12) scored in double-figures for the “bombers.”  Hershberger hit four of six long-range shots.

Tournament

There are no sub-sections anymore in Section 1A basketball.  The pig-tail (play-in) games are Tuesday, Feb. 18, with the first-round games starting on Thursday, Feb. 20.  Opening-round games are at the higher seed.

Fillmore Central is 10-2 against other teams in the section.  Other teams with winning records in the section include Blooming Prairie (8-0), Houston (14-2), Hayfield (9-4), Grand Meadow (14-3), Kingsland (14-4), Southland (6-3) and Mabel-Canton (9-8). 

The Lady Falcons are the No. 2 ranked team (QRF) in the section and have wins over Houston, Hayfield, Kingsland and Mabel-Canton, but have lost to Grand Meadow (by two) and Southland (by three). 

Depending on the vote, the gals could be seeded anywhere from No. 2, down to No. 4.