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HS girls’ basketball: Gillespie and Carlinville pull ahead in tight SCC race

On Jan. 24, Mia Brawner became the first Gillespie High School basketball player since 2017 to surpass 1,000 career points. Brawner, pictured with GHS head coach Kevin Gray, is only the fourth Miner to achieve this milestone as early as her junior year. Photo contributed.

 

Mia Brawner surpasses 1,000 career points for Gillespie

By JACKSON WILSON
Enquirer Democrat Reporter

With the high school girls’ basketball season nearing its final stretch, Gillespie and Carlinville pulled ahead in a tight race for the South Central Conference title Jan. 25.

The Miners and Cavaliers thinned the fray with head-to-head victories over two of the three other teams that were alongside them in a rare five-way tie at the top of the standings.

With Staunton visiting Carrollton for a tournament, Gillespie and Carlinville gained a half-game edge over the Bulldogs, who are 4-1 in the SCC, while dropping Hillsboro and Greenville to 4-2. The Miners and Cavaliers are 5-1.

Gillespie 61, Hillsboro 59

Remarkably, it was a freshman that rescued Gillespie on the Miners’ Senior Night against Hillsboro.

Amari Vickery erupted for 26 points and helped the Miners hold off the Hiltoppers, 61-59, in “The Pit.”

Mia Brawner was also a strong contributor with 14 points, but had to leave the game early with a knee injury. Delaney Taylor added 11 tallies.

Gillespie led 34-25 at the half and 46-39 after three quarters prior to fending off a late Hillsboro rally.

The Miners improved to 21-6 overall.

On the previous night, Brawner surpassed 1,000 career points for Gillespie in 63-40 home victory over South County. She became just the fourth Miner to achieve that milestone as a junior and the first Gillespie player to crack quadruple digits since Amanda Schmidt in 2017.

Carlinville 45, Greenville 42

Despite shooting an abysmal seven for 23 at the foul line, Carlinville still managed to get out of Greenville with a 45-42 victory.

After the Cavaliers and Comets ended the first quarter in a 13-13 tie, Carlinville went into halftime with a slim 24-22 lead and expanded on that advantage at 35-29 at the conclusion of the third.

Jordyn Loveless led the charge for CHS with 13 points. Isabella Tiburzi added nine points. Braley Wiser, Kaitlyn Reels and Ruthie Reels all contributed six tallies.

Carlinville raised its record to 20-5 overall.