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SATURDAY GIRLS BASKETBALL: Streaking Miners bury Piasa Birds


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The Southwestern Piasa Birds faced a double-digits deficit before they scored their first point Saturday night. And there would be no rally against the Gillespie Miners.

Gillespie extended its winning streak to six in a row with a 55-14 victory over the Birds in a South Central Conference girls basketball game at The Pit in Gillespie. The Miners are 8-3 and join Staunton and Hillsboro at 2-0 in SCC play. Southwestern is 5-5 and 0-2.

The Miners had the Birds down 11-0 six minutes into the first quarter and extended the margin to 20 points with a 30-10 lead with 1:25 left in the second quarter. Gillespie took a 48-12 cushion to the fourth period.

Freshman Amari Vickery scored 11 of her game-high 13 points in the opening half for Gillespie, which got 12 points from Mia Brawner and 11 points with three 3-pointers from Lauren Bertagnolli. Southwestern was led by eight points from Vivian Zurheide and six points from Gracie Darr to account for all of the Birds’ offense.

The six-game winning streak is Gillespie’s longest since an eight-game run – including two wins over Southwestern — in January 2002 after starting that 26-4 season at 11-0. The Miners play at Carlinville on Monday.

Calhoun 44, Monmouth Roseville 41 – The Warriors salvaged a weekend split in Abingdon by beating the Titans in the A-Town Shootout. Calhoun, which lost to Abingdon-Avon 56-51 on Friday, is 6-2. M-R is 4-6.

The Titans held leads of 21-20 at halftime and 34-28 after three quarters before the Warriors rallied to win. Audrey Gilman scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter for Calhoun and was named the game’s MVP. Sadie Kiel scored a career-high 12 points for the Warriors, who got six points and nine rebounds from Kate Zipprich.

Against Abingdon on Friday, a season-high seven 3-pointers could not help the Warriors overcome a 28-22 deficit against the Tornadoes. Gilman scored 22 points and Zipprich had 16 for Calhoun. The Tornadoes are 7-3.

Alton 85, Springfield Southeast 32 – The Redbirds pushed their record to 8-0 by overpowering the Spartans in a Southern Illinois Classic Shootout game at McKendree’s Statham Sports Center in Lebanon. Southeast is 2-6. 

Alton is home for a Southwestern Conference game vs. Belleville East on Thursday before taking part in another Southern Illinois Classic Shootout against Peoria Notre Dame (9-1) at Illinois-Springfield.

Petersburg PORTA 52, Carlinville 33 – The Bluejays built on a 25-18 halftime lead with a 17-7 third quarter and beat the Cavaliers at the Terry Todt Shootout in Litchfield. Carlinville is 5-3.

Kaitlyn Reels hit a 3-pointer in every quarter and scored 12 points to lead the Cavies, who picked up eight points from Isabella Tiburzi.

The Bluejays, who stopped at Springfield on the way home and posted a 38-24 victory over Sullivan in the Red Kettle Shootout at Lincoln Land, are 9-0. Against Carlinville, PORTA got 16 points from both Jayce Privia and Karlie Hoke and 11 points from Carson Arthalony.

Father McGivney 64, Granite City 16 – The Griffins won their fifth game in a row by overwhelming the Warriors at Memorial Gym in Granite City. McGivney is 6-2. Granite is 0-7.

Natalie Beck had 13 points and eight rebounds, with Sami Oller getting 13 points and four steals to pace the Griffins, who got 10 points from Mia Lieberman and nine points from both Emily Johnson and Katherine Empson.

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