Candy Cane Classic begins Monday

Gibault sophomore Kailynne Small is averaging more than 18 points per game so far this season. 

Local girls basketball teams will compete next week in the Candy Cane Classic at Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo.

In addition to the host Hawks, Columbia, Waterloo and Valmeyer are part of the eight-team tournament field. Other teams are New Athens, Red Bud, Chester and Metro East Lutheran.

Columbia opens the tourney against New Athens at 6 p.m. Monday, followed by Waterloo vs. Valmeyer at 7:30 p.m. Monday. 

Gibault opens tourney play vs. Chester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. See a full tourney bracket below.

Waterloo enters the tourney with an 8-2 record. The Bulldogs downed Dupo on Monday, 58-27. The Bulldogs went on a 22-2 run in the second quarter to pull away early. Sam Lindhorst led Waterloo with 19 points, followed by Liv Coulson with 10 points. Waterloo recorded 27 steals as a team.

Alexis Curtis had 12 points and Octavia Heidelberg added 10 points for the Tigers (5-3).

On Thursday, Waterloo won 73-63 at Mascoutah. Lindhorst again led the way with 22 points, followed by Coulson with 16 points.

This past Saturday, Waterloo won 51-25 over New Athens. The Bulldogs led 25-10 after one quarter and collected 16 steals for the game. Lindhorst and Norah Gum each scored 18 points to lead Waterloo. 

Last Thursday, the Bulldogs dropped a 49-42 contest to Triad. The game was tied 22-22 at halftime. Gum led the ‘Dogs with 18 points.

Columbia (3-4) picked up a 44-32 win over Salem on Thursday. Jordan Holten scored 14 points and Karsen Jany added 13 points.

The Eagles lost to Mascoutah this past Saturday, 58-35. Holten led the way for the Eagles with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Last Thursday, Columbia picked up a 61-13 victory over Wood River. Jany led the way with 18 points.

Gibault (3-5) split a pair of games this week. The Hawks lost 55-50 to Red Bud on Wednesday, but won 45-27 over Metro East Lutheran on Thursday. Bri Baldridge made seven three-pointers, scoring 22 points in Thursday’s win. Kailynne Small led the Hawks with 25 points against Red Bud. Hannah Sievers led Red Bud with 21 points and 14 rebounds in Wednesday’s win.

Gibault, under new head coach Mike Juenger, suffered 72-52 defeat at Chester last Tuesday. Small scored 28 points for the Hawks. Baldridge added 12 points. 

Valmeyer (1-4) lost 32-31 at home to Marissa on Thursday. The Pirates led 28-19 after three quarters but couldn’t close it out. Brooke Miller led Valmeyer with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Valmeyer lost 46-26 to New Athens last Thursday. Miller led the Pirates with 16 points and 13 rebounds. New Athens was led by Mallory Kimbrell’s 17 points.

Prior to Monday’s home loss to Waterloo, Dupo picked up a 47-20 win over Marissa last Thursday. Heidelberg led the Tigers with 26 points and 10 rebounds. 

On Thursday, Dupo dominated in a 53-10 win over Lebanon. Curtis scored 17 points and Heidelberg added 12 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.

Dupo hosts Sparta on Monday. 

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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