GENEVA – The Fillmore Central Panthers led the Heartland Huskies by just three points at halftime, but a critical 24-4 run in the third quarter helped the hosts pull away in the second half for a 50-31 win.
Lexi Theis paced Fillmore Central with a game-high 21 points, including 10 during the decisive third quarter. Faith Engle scored 13 to join Theis in double figures and knocked down one of the Panthers’ two 3-pointers.
Reyna Hafer notched seven – including all four of Fillmore Central’s fourth-quarter points – while Abby Nichols added five and Angie Schademann and Kelsi Gaston both tallied two to round out the Panthers’ scoring.
Riley Goertzen led Heartland with 14 points in a losing effort, including six of the Huskies’ eight fourth-quarter points. Cynthia Cerveny recorded seven points, while Lilly Carr tallied four and Hayden Mierau and Felicity Johnson notched two points apiece.