By JACKSON WILSON
Enquirer Democrat Reporter
Before last weekend, the last time the Gillespie High School girls’ basketball team won six games in a row was January of 2002.
A surging crew of Miners didn’t waste any time in updating that piece of history as they jumped all over the Southwestern Piasa Birds with 11 unanswered points to open a South Central Conference contest in “The Pit” Dec. 9.
Three Gillespie players contributed double figures and the Miners buried the Birds, 55-14, to get to 8-3 on the season.
Freshman Amari Vickery broke out for a game-high 13 points, including 11 in the first half. Mia Brawner added 12 tallies and Lauren Bertagnolli connected on a trio of triples for 11 points.
The Miners joined unbeaten state-ranked arch-rival Staunton and Hillsboro as the early 2-0 frontrunners in the South Central standings. The Bulldogs pounded Pana, 67-19, improving to 9-0 overall and the Hiltoppers cooled off Carlinville, 47-41, Dec. 7.
Vivian Zurheide scored eight points and Gracie Darr added six tallies for Southwestern, which fell to 5-5 on the season and 0-2 in the SCC.
In other action, North Mac fell to 1-1 in conference play with a tough 46-42 home loss to Greenville Dec. 7. The Panthers are 7-3 overall.