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FC Freshman Girls Go Undeated

The Filllmore Central girls’ freshmen basketball team had a very successful season in 2010-2011, going 11-0 for the year. There were ten freshmen girls out for the Panthers. The freshman team was coached by Christin Lovegrove and assisted by Joni Karcher.

The season started off with a 41-19 win against York with Rachel Hoarty leading the team with 15 points. Audrey Malone had 11 points in the 36-20 win over the Fairbury Jeffs. The third game was a 43-25 win against Adams Central, with 11 points from Caroline Motis and 12 from Malone.

Brooke Rasmussen lead all scorers in a 33-8 win over Wilber-Clatonia in the opening game of the Wilber-Clatonia Invitational. The team easily won the championship game over Malcolm 48-18 with all Panthers scoring in the win. Malone lead with 14, Emilie Krienert chipped in seven, and Megan Poppert, Bridget Lundberg and Rachel Hoarty all had six apiece.

Sandy Creek came to Fillmore Central on the first day after the winter moratorium. Fillmore Central pulled away early and won 48-23. Malone had 13 in the win, Krienert and Rasmussen each had 11, Hoarty with eight, and Poppert rounded out the scoring with five. With about a month between the next games, the Panthers were able to put away Centennial 41-18 in late January.

Fillmore Central travelled to the Milford tournament and faced Centennial in the opening round. Strong defense stopped Centennial’s offense in the third quarter and the Panthers came away with a 36-19 victory to put them in the championship game against the tournament hosts. A balanced attack helped the Panther freshmen earn a hard­-fought 35-25 victory. Malone led the team with 11, Rasmussen had seven, Hoarty finished with six, Motis had five, and Lundberg, Krienert and Poppert rounded out the scoring with two each.

The Tri-County Tournament finished the season for the Panthers. An opening win of 31-18 against the home team Trojans put the Panthers in another championship game against the Milford Eagles.

This was the most competitive and tight game of the season for the Panthers. Coming out after halftime behind by one, the Panthers found themselves in foul trouble early in the third quarter. With Simacek, Kelly, Olson, Motis, and Poppert coming in off the bench with great defense to hold off a Milford run, the Panthers were able to hold onto the lead in the fourth quarter and come out with a 37-35 win.

Defense and strong rebounding won the game for the Panthers as the three post players of Hoarty, Rasmussen and Lundberg lead the team with nine, eight, and six respectively. Motis had five, Krienert had four, Malone had three and Poppert had two in the win.