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Fillmore Central Girls 5-5

Behind a game-high 16 points from Maggie Malone, Fillmore Central defeated York 49-33 on December 21 to even its season record to 4-4 before entering the Grand Island Central Catholic Holiday Tournament.

The Panthers led the Dukes 22-13 at halftime in York. FC blew the contest open with a 19-7 effort in the third quarter to lead by 21 heading into the final stanza.

"I was proud of our defensive pressure at the start of both halves," Panther coach Mark Madison said. "It was definitely the difference in the game. It not only forced them into a bunch of turnovers (25), but led to many of our scores.

"We weren't shooting particularly well tonight. On nights like that, your defense has to help you. It did that for us tonight."

Meg Loontjer scored eight points for FC and Christa Scott added seven points. Heather Broman netted six first-half points and both Audrey Malone and Lindsey Maloley added four points. Haley Norvell and Juli Capek capped the Panther scoring with a bucket apiece.

FC was a solid 13-for-19 from the free-throw line.

"Heather (Broman) was a rock, a real leader for us tonight," Madison said. "She had six points, led us on the boards and assists. We're tough to defend in a zone when she can pass and rebound like that. Her experience from last year is really beginning to show."

The Panthers defeated Fullerton 48-23 in the opening-round of the Grand Island Central Catholic Holiday Tournament last Wednesday.

Meg Loontjer poured in a game-high 16 points in the victory. Maggie Malone added eight for 5-4 FC on December 29. Audrey Malone netted six points for the victors and Christa Scott added five. Emilie Krienert laced in four points for the Panthers.

FC was defeated in the tournament final the next night by the homecourt Crusaders.