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HS girls’ basketball: Staunton captures first SCC title

Lilly Bandy dribbles around Braley Wiser during Staunton’s pivotal home conference game against Carlinville Feb. 5. The Bulldogs defeated the Cavaliers, 46-44, and later clinched their first South Central title. Photo contributed.

 

Brawner returns, Gillespie wins Kevin Gray’s final home game

By JACKSON WILSON
Enquirer Democrat Reporter

For the first time in school history, the Staunton Lady Bulldogs are the South Central Conference champions.

After her team had missed out on a third consecutive county title, head coach Corrie Allan said that she and her girls were focused on bigger and better things. One of those bigger and better things was an SCC championship, which the Bulldogs put themselves in the driver’s seat for Feb. 5.

With the conference title undeniably on the line for both teams, Staunton held off Carlinville in a 46-44 thriller on home hardwood and later finished the SCC season 8-1 after handing the Cavaliers their second league defeat. The Bulldogs became the unanimous victors with wins over Southwestern Feb. 7 and North Mac Feb. 8.

Ele Feldmann scored 17 points to will the Bulldogs to victory against the Cavaliers. Sam Anderson added nine points on three triples, including two clutch heaves that helped Staunton seal the deal in the fourth quarter.

Jordyn Loveless and Isabella Tiburzi each contributed 13 points for Carlinville in defeat.

Staunton finished the regular season 25-5 overall and will have home court advantage for regionals.

Carlinville, which closed the regular season winning its 700th game in program history at Litchfield, 47-29, Feb. 9, is 23-7. If both teams can take care of business in their respective semifinal matches, they will rematch for the regional championship at SHS. The Cavaliers are 23-7.

Brawner returns, Gillespie wins Kevin Gray’s final home game

With an injured Mia Brawner back in the lineup as a substitute, the Gillespie Lady Miners sent their long-time head coach Kevin Gray out on a winning note, at least for the regualar season, as they dominated Gray’s final home game, 54-20, against the Pana Panthers Feb. 8.

Delaney Taylor led the way for GHS with 12 points and Amari Vickery added 10 tallies en route to the Miners’ 24th win in 31 contests. Brawner added six points off the bench.

Gillespie, which won the county tournament earlier this season, has been assigned the top overall seed in the Virden regional. The Miners’ first opponent was the winner of the North Mac/Pawnee play-in game.

IHSA postseason begins

The Illinois High School Association postseason tipped off last weekend. Coverage will be featured in next week’s issue.