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Panther Girls 1-1 In SNC Play

The Fillmore Central girls split their games in the 2011 Southern Nebraska Conference Basketball Tournament. The Panthers cruised past Wilber-Clatonia 70-34 and dropped a close decision to No. 3-seed Milford, 57-50.

"I was pleased with the way we competed during the tournament," said Panther head coach Mark Madison about his team's games on Thursday and Friday. "It was obvious that we had improved more than either one of our opponents. Even though we didn’t meet our goal, the community should be proud of the girls’ improvement this year. I know I am."

The Panthers demolished Wilber-Clatonia 70-34 in girls basketball action on Thursday, February 3, at Geneva in the first round of the SNC Tournament in a win ignited by a first-quarter blitz.

Brette Gebers paced the Panthers with 14 points while Audrey Malone added 10.

"Everyone really shot well tonight," Madison said. "I was happy to see Brette (Gebers) lead us in scoring. She really gave us a lift from the perimeter."

The Panthers took the lead 15-1 after the first quarter, and margins of 24-15 and 19-4 in the second and third quarters boosted the lead to 58-20 going into the final period.

Fillmore Central improved its season mark to 11-8.

Fillmore Central hit 7 of 12 free throw attempts while the Wolverines connected on 9 of 21 free throw attempts.

Individual Stats

Scoring- Norvell 5, Loontjer 6, Broman 9, Gebers 14, A. Malone 10, M. Malone 5, Jones 2, Maloley 3, Scott 4, Hopken 6, Hoarty 6.

After battling to a 32-32 draw at halftime, FC was outscored 13-10 and 12-8 in the final two quarters to lose to Milford by seven.

Maggie Malone swished in a game-high 22 points for the 11-9 Panthers. Meg Loontjer netted 11. Heather Broman muscled in eight points for FC in the road contest on Friday night at Milford.

"We had put in some defensive twists to mess up Milford’s half court sets," Madison said. "They are very good at their offensive execution. We ran them very well and were able to create some confusion which helped us defensively."