Girls basketball teams gearing up for regionals

Pictured, Gibault’s Lauren Prader is defended by Waterloo’s Kathryn Finnerty on Thursday night. The Bulldogs pulled out the win over their cross-town rivals, 44-40. (Alan Dooley photo)

Local high school girls basketball teams took to the court for recent games with a mixed bag of results.

The Waterloo High School girls snapped a two-game losing streak last Thursday, beating cross-town rival Gibault at home, 44-40.

Gibault jumped out to a 14-4 lead after the first period, but Waterloo fought back to take the win. Hope Elliott led Waterloo with 14 points and Mia Reed was huge on the glass, pulling down 19 rebounds.

Last Wednesday, Waterloo played at Red Bud in a “Hoopin’ for Troy” game before a packed house.

It was a tight game all the way. Tied 30-30 at halftime, the Muskets pulled away a bit in the third and held on the rest of the way for a 68-59 win.

Taylor Augustine had a big game for Waterloo with 22 points. Elliott added 15.

“There was quite a bit of emotion in their gym with the ‘Hoopin’ for Troy’ night,” Waterloo coach Matt Lucash said. “It was a great atmosphere to play in and we were lucky to be able to be a part of it.”

The event was an effort to help raise money to help Red Bud player Trysta Guebert’s family with medical costs for her father, Troy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

On Monday, Waterloo (6-14) lost to Civic Memorial, 53-23.

“We are getting close to playoff action and we hope we can get some things going by then,” Lucash said.

Columbia (12-8) split their two games last week before losing a heartbreaker Monday night to Freeburg, 51-48.

They fell at home to Carlyle last Monday, 63-57, and bounced back to beat Triad on Thursday, 43-38.

Against Triad, the Eagles were led by Kaylee Bastien (20 points) and Danielle Sellers (10 points).

“Triad continued to battle and although they are a young team they have some talent and size at the guard positions, which gave us some trouble at times,” coach Scott Germain said after the game. “The goal with any basketball team is to be playing your best basketball by regional time and to not peak so early in the season. I see spurts of our best basketball and will be happy if by Feb. 17 we are getting to the peak. I believe our regional will be wide open and should be very entertaining.”

The Dupo Tigers defeated conference foe Valmeyer, 44-32, on Thursday, but lost to Marissa on Monday, 40-33.

Their record is currently 7-14. Leia Campbell and Megan Brown have been the top scorers.

“Our seniors have laid the foundation and now, as our 2013-14 season is coming to an end, we are looking forward to watching this team and program grow,” assistant coach Ashley Winters said.

Gibault (5-14) had a tough week, dropping all three of their games but two of the losses were close games.

On Saturday, Gibault lost a close back-and-forth game to Lebanon, 48-45. On Monday, the Hawks fell to Cahokia, 64-53.

“We are really looking forward to regionals. We play a tough schedule all year, so we are ready for the postseason.” coach Brian Hart said. “We have made all the right progress throughout the season just as you are supposed to. We will be ready to play next week.”

Valmeyer (4-15) dropped both of their games last week, losing a close game to Marissa, 42-39, and then losing to Dupo on Thursday.

Morgan Redohl, Grace Nappier and Hannah Weber have led the scoring charge for the Pirates.

“Lately, we have had problems playing a full game. We have three good quarters and one really bad one,” coach Neil Siburt said. “Freshmen have been getting more and more playing time and we are still gearing up for regionals.”

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