Friday night, KFIL brought you the Section 1A title game, as the Fillmore Central Falcons girls basketball team battled the defending state champion Goodhue Wildcats. The Falcons fought hard and were down just two at the half, but Goodhue put on some big runs in the second half to come away with a 64-42 victory for another trip to state.

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In the early going, Tayah Barnes was hitting threes. She got the first points on the board in the game and got the crowd alive. The Falcons added on and were up by six at 8-2 and then 10-4! The Wildcats did play some tight defense on the ball, and Barnes got fouled attempting another shot from beyond the arc. Later, perfect from the line, Tayah tied the score and the took the lead back. A three by Barnes and a trey also from Paige Bennett gave Fillmore Central a 21-13 lead. The banners with "Why Not Us" were very visible across from my broadcasting position.

Goodhue finally got some jumpers to go on an 8-0 run to tie the game up again, and we saw it tied 3 more times in the first half. Tied up 27-27, Goodhue got the offensive rebound and a shot of at the buzzer by Haley Lexvold was good to send the WIldcats into the half with a 29-27 advantage, their largest lead of the first half!

The second half just went the way of Goodhue. As in last week's subsection title game they played against Lyle/Pacelli, the Wildcats stepped up the rebounding in the final 18, and they finally got something going inside, besides five more treys being hit by McKenzie Ryan. Soon Goodhue had a 14-0 run going, and both teams continued to play hard. The final score on the board was 65-42 in favor of Goodhue.

KFIL Player of the Game for Goodhue was Sydney Lodermeier. She got buckets and got inside, and on defense came up with 3 blocked shots in the first half and a couple in the second.

KFIL Subway Player of the Game for Fillmore Central was Tayah Barnes. Tayah scored 20 in the game, hitting on 3 from beyond the arc, and was perfect on 5 attempts from the free throw line. Barnes also came up with 5 steals in the contest.

The Kingsley Mercantile Game Ball was awarded to Kenzie Broadwater. Broadwater did not score in the game, but grabbed 6 rebounds, dished out 7 assists, stole the ball away a couple times, and blocked a pair of shots. She did all she could to help her team.

Again, the final result isn't what these girls wanted but I want to say congratulations on this run this year, and on some nice careers to Paige Bennett, Kendyl Bennett, Tayah Barnes, and Kenzie Broadwater. It's been fun to watch the team the last couple years, and the run to this point wouldn't have been possible without them.

Tune in for more high school sports with boys basketball action today!


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