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CHS girls’ basketball holds awards’ banquet

On Jan. 22, the Carlinville High School girls’ basketball team held its awards banquet. Plaques were presented to: Jordyn Loveless (Most Improved); Isabella Tiburzi (Most Valuable Player); Hannah Gibson (Defensive Player); Kaitlyn Reels (Most Improved); Ruthie Reels (JV Player of the Year); and Madeline Murphy (JV Player of the Year) (not pictured). Photo provided.


On Feb. 22, the Carlinville High School girls’ basketball team celebrated another successful season at its annual awards’ banquet in the CHS cafeteria.

Plaques were presented to the Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player at both of the varsity and junior varsity levels. A varsity athlete also received a Defensive Player award.

This year’s MVP was Isabella Tiburzi.

Jordyn Loveless and Kaitlyn Reels were both recognized as Most Improved players in their first season as everyday starters for Darrin DeNeve.

Hannah Gibson was named this season’s Defensive MVP.

The Junior Varsity Player of the Year honor was shared between Ruthie Reels and Madeline Murphy.

The Carlinville Cavaliers added several accomplishments to their storied program despite the season concluding earlier than they had hoped. In addition to achieving 23 victories, Carlinville placed runner-up in the South Central Conference and the Holiday Tournament. The Cavaliers also took home third place at the Macoupin County Tournament.

Carlinville went “one and done” with a tough 43-41 loss against Roxana in the playoffs, but the Cavaliers can return all of their players for the 2024-25 campaign. They “are already looking forward to next season and excited to see what this same group of girls can accomplish.”