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HS girls’ basketball: Gillespie and Staunton fall in sectional semifinals

Ele Feldmann, who previously scored a career-high 32 points in the championship game of the IHSA Class 2A Staunton regional, contributed 15 points for the Staunton High School girls’ basketball team in the semifinals of the Beardstown sectional Feb. 20. Staunton lost, 56-50, against Camp Point Central. Photo contributed.

 

Brawner breaks single-season scoring record for GHS

By JACKSON WILSON
Enquirer Democrat Reporter

Gillespie and Staunton fans ventured to Beardstown in hopes of seeing their girls’ basketball teams further a dream season while creating the ultimate Route 4 showdown that would take place with a sectional championship on the line. Those desires were denied Feb. 20.

Staunton put forth a much-improved effort in its second consecutive sectional semifinal appearance and Gillespie played in a spotlight its program hadn’t experienced since 2012. Unfortunately, neither rival was destined to advance.

Pleasant Plains 51, Gillespie 37

Gillespie only trailed by one point after eight minutes against Pleasant Plains, but the Miners stumbled into a 26-17 halftime hole after the opposing Cardinals had stifled them with an 11-3 run in the second quarter.

Gillespie was unable to rally out of the locker room and extend Kevin Gray’s final season. The Miners finished the year 26-8 overall following a 51-37 loss.

Delaney Taylor led the Miners with 11 points, including eight in the back-and-forth first quarter. Amari Vickery added nine tallies.

Mia Brawner only produced four points against a potent Plains’ defense, but that was enough to make her the first player in GHS program history to reach 500 tallies for a single season. Brawner, who broke Amanda Schmidt’s all-time scoring record (previously 496) during

Gillespie’s regional championship victory over Hillsboro at Virden Feb. 16, ended her junior year with 501 total points. Brawner also surpassed 1,000 career tallies this season.

Camp Point Central 56, Staunton 50

One year after they had been obliterated 62-26 against Camp Point Central, the Staunton Bulldogs nearly achieved redemption after trailing by 10 points down the final stretch of an epic sectional semifinal rematch.

Staunton pulled to within a single possession with two minutes remaining but the state-ranked Panthers (No. 6) escaped with a 20th consecutive win, 56-50.

Ele Feldmann, who was coming off a career-high 32-point performance against Roxana in the Staunton regional final, led the charge for the Dogs with 15 tallies.

Staunton bows out at 27-6 but expects to come back even stronger next season. The Bulldogs can return their entire roster for 2024-25.