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Gophers get best of Falcons, two-fold

Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
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The Fillmore Central and Chatfield basketball squads faced one another on Friday the 14th. In Chatfield, the ladies did battle, and the Gophers got off to a quick 9-2 start. FC fought back with a 13-2 run. They tied the game 17-17 roughly midway through the first. Connor Nagle was instrumental in that. She had 10 points through 8 minutes of play. At halftime, the Gophers led 26-24. FC's perfect free throw line work, 10 of 10, allowed them to keep pace. To begin the second half, Chatfield scored 6 of the first 7 points, extending their lead to 32-25. That small run proved pivotal. The home squad would never see their lead dip below five points for the duration of the game. Behind a three-pronged attack of Karen Sass (18 points, 13 rebounds), Kenna Moechnig (14 points), and Sarah Costello (13 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals), the Gophers triumphed 54-45 over FC's two-girl show of Nagle (22 points) and Alex Peterson (17 points). The twosome scored all but six of the Falcons points. Rebounding was also a key factor as Chatfield dominated the glass 39-20. The Gopher win avenges a 49-48 loss in November.

On the boy's side of the equation in Preston, Chatfield used a 19-1 first half run to turn a 10-9 deficit into a 28-11 lead. Ten-plus minutes went by without the home Falcons scoring a field goal; they only had five as a team in the first stanza. At halftime, the Gophers led 32-17. In the second, FC couldn't mount a comeback. Five-nine junior Gopher guard Jake Peterson's driving spins in the paint made sure of it. He tallied a game high 24 points, leading his team to a 72-51 victory, their second straight conference success. Erik Hilgren and Josh Bernard had 10 in support. Tyler Eickhoff and James Skaalen paced FC with 14 and 12 respectively.

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