Mabel-Canton girls fall to Fillmore Central, 64-55

MaKenzie Kelly looks for an open teammate as Camryn Cox comes to her aid on the left. Falcon Hadley Yoder guards the inside. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS LEADER

Mabel-Canton junior Payton Danielson gets a shot off in spite of an attempted block by Fillmore Central freshman Lauren Mensink during last Friday night’s game. Also shown is Falcon Kandace Sikkink under the basket. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS LEADER
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The Mabel-Canton girls basketball team dropped back-to-back non-conference games to put the wraps on the 2018 portion of the schedule. The Cougars dropped a home game against Fillmore Central 64-55 on Friday, Dec. 28. M-C then lost a non-conference road game on Saturday night at Southland, 57-32. Mabel-Canton has dropped four in a row and sits at 4-7 (3-2 SEC). 
There were no details for the Southland game available in time for the early News Leader holiday deadline. Look for coverage in next week's edition.
Lost to FC, 64-55
After a slower-paced first half of offense, both teams picked up the pace a bit in the second half. The visiting Falcons led the hometown Cougars 24-20 at the half. Fillmore Central (4-2) outscored Mabel-Canton 40-35 in a much more efficient second half for both clubs as the Falcons pulled out the win by nine points.
Two Cougars finished in double figures, led by 12 points from Maddy Michels (two 3-pointers) and Payton Danielson’s 11 points. Three other Cougars were close to double figures. Lexi Thorson chipped in 9 points (two 3-pointers), Kenidi McCabe added 8 points (two 3s) and Lauren Wyffels another 8 points. No other individual statistics were available before the early press deadline.
Kandace Sikkink led all scorers with 21 points, and Paige Donlinger had 13. Kassidy Broadwater was the third Falcon in double figures with 10 points. Madison Scheevel hit the only FC 3-pointer and finished with 8 points.
Twenty-one of Mabel-Canton’s points came from beyond the 3-point line thanks to 7 long-range shots. FC made one 3-pointer. Mabel-Canton went just 4 for 9 at the free throw line. 
The Cougars will celebrate the new year before kicking off January with a game tonight (Thursday, Jan. 3) at Medford. They’ll return home to start a three-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 5, against Lansing Kee with a 3 p.m. tipoff. M-C returns to SEC action on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at home against the Houston Hurricanes before hosting conference newcomer Kingsland on Friday, Jan. 11.