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Preston: Hub of boy's b-ball activity

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
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The first full week of the BBB season had Fillmore County teams descending upon the house of Falcon. On Tuesday, the Kingsland Knights (0-1) visited Fillmore Central (0-0). They kicked the front door in, jumping out 14-2 and taking a 34-19 advantage into halftime. Early in the second, FC finally found an answer to Kingsland's half-court wing trap. But even after scoring on five of six trips (four FG's by Mitch Johnson), the Falcons still trailed 43-32. The answer for the trap went as quick as it came. Over FC's next nine possessions, they shot 0 for 2 with seven TO's. The Knights, meanwhile, were incredibly efficient. On nine parallel possessions, they made 8 of 11 FG's with zero TO's. The 16-nil run essentially amounted to the Knights kicking the backdoor out, as they left (victorious). The final was 64-37. Tanner Lange and Sam Eberle led the charge, tallying 22 (8 of 16 shooting) and 18 points (8 of 12 shooting) respectively. Johnson led FC with 8. It was the Falcons' first game, Kingsland's first win.

Two nights later (Thursday), it was Fillmore County's version of Duke-NC (the close-quarters rivalry part). Lanesboro (1-0) made the eight-mile trip up Highway 16. They commenced bombarding the hoop with three-pointers. At one point, Burro shooters hoisted up 16 consecutive trifectas without a 2-point attempt. They shot 28 total long-rangers in the first half. It was successful in as much as Lanesboro held a 25-22 halftime edge. The game slowed down considerably in the second stanza, Lanesboro more patient with their dribble-weave (less locked-and-loaded from deep), FC forced to be patient against the Burro zone-defense. Leading 43-42 with 2:16 to go, all Lanesboro did was dribble-weave. Far from being in the bonus (and confident in their multiple ball-handlers), the orange and black's attempt was to run out the clock. But an inbounds pass went up for grabs, with Falcon hands ultimately securing it. With 19 seconds left, FC in-bounded looking for the win. As the clock ticked down, they frantically looked for a good shot. Andy Todd's baseline jumper went begging with five seconds, but Ryan Baker was there for the offensive rebound. Fading away, he tossed the ball up from about six feet away in the lane. High off the backboard it banked, down through the net it went with about a second to go. The final instant ticked off; 44-43 Fillmore Central prevailed! They returned the buzzer-beating favor, as Braden Hanson (the Burros leading scorer on the night with 20) ended last season's regular season affair in similarly dramatic fashion. Erik Peterson added 15 for the Burros, all on three-pointers (5 of 9). FC's six-four, 220-pound Isaac Sveen was big down low, scoring 13 and grabbing at least as many rebounds. Tyler Eickhoff added 12. Neither team went to the line much (FC 1-6, Lanes 2-2). FC had more TO's (13 to 7). Lanesboro attempted 34 shots in the first half (9 makes), but only 19 in the second (7 makes). FC was consistent with 29 and 25 attempts, 10 conversions, each half. FC held an offensive rebounding edge (14 to 9) and a second-chance-points edge (16 to 3).

On Friday, Chatfield (1-2) came to P-town. The action pretty much picked up where it left off a night before. It was back-and-forth competitive basketball for a half (35-33 Falcons), before things slowed a little in the second stanza. A 16-4 Gopher run, which flipped the scoreboard from 39-35 FC, to 51-43 Chat, was countered by three straight Falcon possessions that ended with and-one's. FC only converted one of the three FT's, but the 7-0 run brought the Gopher lead down to one (51-50) around the 7-minute mark. But from there on in, Chatfield outscored the Falcons 16-6, including hitting 8 of 12 FT's down the stretch. They evened their record at 2-2 (2-0 in conference) with a hard-fought 67-56 victory. Nate Skare's outside shooting was a main impetus behind the 'W'. The 6'1" sophomore guard netted 20 points. Jesse Julian provided a boost off the bench with 11. Jake Peterson also reached double-digits with 10. FC's Tyler Eickhoff matched Skare for game-high with 20. FC falls to 1-2 overall (0-2 in conference).

Smith, Hanson, Strom Fill It Up

Usually, it takes a couple games to get the rust off the old jump shot (or even lay-up). For Braden Hanson, Cory Strom, and Steven Smith, they don't know no stinking rust. Each saw more than their fair of shots fall (and their stat sheets got filled) in the season-opening battle between Lanesboro and Mabel-Canton.The two squads combined to score 118. The Hanson/Strom/Smith trio accounted for 80 of those points. M-C's Smith led all scorers (and rebounders) with 31 and 18, typical of the big-man. Burro teammates Hanson and Strom dueled with Smith, both came up short, and each other, Hanson narrowly edged his backcourt mate. Braden's 25 and Cory's 24 negated Smith's big night, as Lanesboro only trailed twice (2-0 & 17-15). At around the 6-minute mark, it was a six point game (45-39), but the Burros outscored the Coug's 23-11 the rest of the way for a 68-50 victory. It was a contrast in styles, M-C going inside to Smith, Lanesboro using a perimeter-attack. The Burros made 11 3-pointers to the Cougars zero.



•Chatfield 51, Dover-Eyota 50 (C: Jake Peterson 12; Nate Skare 8; Josh Bernard 8. D-E: Bryan Halvorson 16; Tyler Mandler 12; Nate Vang 11 pts & 18 rebs. Gophers made 15 FT's to D-E's 5)

•#10 in AA Plainview-Elgin-Millville 86, #8 in A Rushford-Peterson 59 (R-P: Nick Thompson 23 pts (five threes); Trent Vix 10. PEM: Cory Speer 22 (four three's); Beau Nelson 16; Chase Montgomery 15; Sam Ruth 14. Score was 40-39 PEM at halftime)


•R-P 74, St. Charles 55 (R-P: N. Thompson 31; T. Vix 13. SC: Will Swiggum 20; Aaron Leistikow 15. Trojans are 1-1 overall & in Three Rivers)


•Caledonia 38, Kingsland 74 (K: T. Lange 26; S. Eberle 16; Devin Pokorney 13. Knights went 29 of 38 at FT line. Win moves their record to 2-1, 2-0 in Three Rivers play. Thru three games, Lange is averaging 20.3 per)

•Lanesboro 64, Grand Meadow 47 (L: B. Hanson 22 pts, 6 rebs, 4 ass; E. Peterson 16 pts, 5 rebs, 5 ass, 4 stls; Kole Ruud 13 pts on 4 of 4 from deep. GM: Andrew Riedemann 12. Burros jumped out 12-2, led by 25 at half, & hit 14 three's. Record is 2-1, 2-0 in SEC. Thru three games; Braden Hanson is averaging 22.3 per)

•LeRoy-Ostrander 35, Mabel-Canton 58 (M-C: S. Smith 22. L-O: Mitch Scaglione 12. Coug's pick up win #1)


•St. Charles 63, M-C 41 (M-C: S. Smith 19. SC: W. Swiggum 18; A. Leistikow 15. Coug's are 1-1 in conference 1-2 overall. Smith is averaging 24 points per game through 3 games)



•D-E 43, Chatfield 52 (C: Sidney Irish 15 pts & 4 stls; MaKenzie Miller 15 pts & 6 rebs; Sarah Costello 7 pts, 11 rebs. D-E: Brandi Blattner 11. Gophers led throughout and by as many as 11 (43-32) in second half. At just under the 5-minute mark, the lead was three (46-43). Chat made 6 of 8 FT's down the stretch while the Eagles were held scoreless. Goph's survived despite surrendering 27 OR's and committing 27 TO's. Record is 3-2, 2-0 in 3-Rivers)

•R-P 41, PEM 45 (R-P: Amy Todd 19 pts (9-11 from the line) & 8 rebs; Cody Manfull 10. PEM: Taylor Aakre 13 pts & 13 rebs. R-P led 40-34 with 2:14 left but were then out-scored 11-1. Trojans won free throw battle 22 of 30 to 11 of 21, but PEM held a 23-12 offensive rebounding edge)


•Kingsland 54, #4 in AA Caledonia 57 (K: Lindsay Tart 17; Nicole Swanson 13 pts & 12 rebs. C: Taylor Winjim 28. Knights went 18 of 34 from FT stripe. Record stands at 3-2, 1-1 in Three Rivers)

•Lanesboro 50, Grand Meadow 42 (L: Bryn Harmon 17; Paige Hungerholt 15. GM: Audra Durham 12. After starting season 0-3, Burros have rallied for three straight victories and are 3-0 in SEC play)

•LeRoy-Ostrander 33, M-C 25 (M-C: Carly McCabe 7 pts & 8 rebs; Christy Welscher 4 pts & 13 rebs. L-O: Krista Bunne 14 pts including 4 three-pointers. L-O hit six three's to M-C's one. Coug's are 0-2 overall & in SEC play)

•R-P 60, St. Charles 54 (R-P: Kenzie Lind 20 pts & 7 rebs; A. Todd 18 pts on 8-11 shooting, 9 rebs; C. Manfull 13. SC: Leah Putzier 24. Shooting %: R-P 48.6, SC 28.3. Trojans grab win #1, move record to 1-3 overall/Three Rivers)



•GMLOK Triangular (GMLOK defeated Southland 63-15, lost to Dover-Eyota 37-39; D-E downed Southland 58-12. Bulldog dual record is 1-2)


•LARP 58, FCLMC 12 (LARP got pins from Josh Doerr (106), Nick Hoff (182), & Evan Bain (285). They got decision victories from Jackson Riebel (138), Gabe Daley (145), & Chris Boehmke (152). FCLMC's got a pin from Niko Anderson (160), and decision victories from Chris Collett (113) & Gabe Decker (132). FCLMC forfeited 120, 126, 170, 196, & 220)


•Cottage Grove Park Wolfpack Duals (Chatfield took 2nd. Defeated Goodhue 40-32 in round 1, St. Francis 36-27 in round 2, and Paynesville 45-33 in round 3 before losing to Blue Earth Area 41-33 in 1st place match. Gopher dual record is 7-3)

•Southland Quadrangular (LARP defeated Southland 71-12, St. Clair/Mankato-Loyola 58-6, & Triton 39-33. Screamin' Eagle dual record is 4-1)

•La Crosse Logan Invite (FCLMC finished 7th of 9 with 7 wrestlers. Individually, Niko Anderson (160) won his first varsity tournament (8-1 on season). Chris Collett (113), Gabe Decker (132), Andy Love (138), & Monty Holm (152) all finished 4th.

•State Ranked County Wrestlers (Dec 9th Poll): Justin Doerr (LARP) is 6th in AA at 126, Jordan Theede (LARP) is 4th in AA at 145, Lucas Roe (GMLOK) is 6th in AA at 152, Greg Johnson (LARP) is 9th in AA at 182, & Cody Wrubel (Chatfield) is 7th in A at 285.

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