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HS girls’ basketball: Staunton takes down Hillsboro, initiating five-way tie in SCC

Samantha Anderson wins a battle for a loose ball during Staunton’s key 59-47 conference victory at Hillsboro last week. The Bulldogs pulled into a tie with the Hiltoppers for first place in the league and improved to 16-2 overall. Photo contributed.


Brawner pours in 45 points, Gillespie dominates Vandalia

Enquirer Democrat Reporter

This year’s South Central Conference race became historically tighter as Staunton, Gillespie and Carlinville pulled into a five-way tie with Hillsboro and Greenville for the league’s top spot in high school girls’ basketball.

Staunton broke Hillsboro’s unbeaten streak while Carlinville and Gillespie handled business in their most recent SCC games as each squad picked up a fourth victory in five conference contests.

The Bulldogs went on the road to Hillsboro and silenced the Hiltoppers, 59-47, rebounding from a home loss they had recently suffered against Greenville. Staunton, which earned an automatic semifinal berth as the top seed in this year’s county tournament, pushed its overall record to 16-2.

Mia Brawner set a single game school record for Gillespie, pouring in 45 points and guiding the Miners to a dominant 81-49 victory at Vandalia. The junior additionally collected 11 steals on defense. Gillespie improved to 16-6 overall.

Four different Cavaliers made double-digit scoring contributions and Carlinville pulled away from Pana, 48-29. Jordyn Loveless took the lead with 14 points, followed by Kaitlyn Reels with 12 points and the 10-point duo of Isabella Tiburzi and Hannah Gibson. The Cavies have won 17 of their first 21 games.

Home court advantage never surfaced for Southwestern against Greenville. The Birds remained winless in the SCC and fell to 0-5 with a 51-14 loss. The Birds are 6-12 on the season.

County tournament

The Macoupin County Tournament, hosted by Southwestern High School, tipped off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15.
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