Girls hoops season winding down

Columbia’s Emily Holmes dribbles up the court during Tuesday’s game. See more photos from the game by clicking here. (Corey Saathoff photo)

The high school girls basketball season is nearing its end, and local squads are fighting to get to the .500 mark before it’s all said and done.

Gibault picked up an overtime win Monday against Red Bud, 49-45. Red Bud outscored the Hawks 13-4 in the fourth quarter to send it to an extra frame.

Maddie Davis scored 19 points and added six assists to lead Gibault. Kailynne Small added 13 points and nine rebounds.

On Tuesday, the Hawks lost 50-27 at home to Marquette. Gibault only trailed 21-18 at halftime, but Marquette went on a 16-2 third quarter run to pull away. Davis got injured in the second quarter and never returned for Gibault.

Gibault (5-8), playing without Davis, lost at Carlyle on Wednesday, 37-17. Bri Baldridge led the Hawks with six points.

On Thursday, the Hawks won 47-34 at Dupo (2-5). Davis, a senior, returned to action and scored 20 points to surpass 1,000 career points with Gibault. Small, a freshman, added 13 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. The Hawks outscored the Tigers 13-5 in the fourth quarter.

Gibault continues its busy week with a game at Wood River on Friday.

Waterloo (2-8) lost 61-52 at home Monday to Father McGivney. The Bulldogs were just 3-for-15 from the free-throw line in the contest. Norah Gum and Ellie Schwehr each scored 14 points for Waterloo.

On Tuesday, the Bulldogs lost 57-31 at home to an 11-1 Civic Memorial squad. Waterloo committed 22 turnovers in the game. Gum led the way with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the ‘Dogs.

Waterloo dropped its fifth straight on Thursday, 60-40 at home to Jerseyville. The Bulldogs were outscored 39-18 in the second half. Gum turned in another double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Waterloo shot just 1-for-14 from three-point range.

Columbia (4-6) dropped a 45-32 contest at home Tuesday to Freeburg. The Eagles trailed 30-16 at halftime but got within five points multiple times in the second half before collapsing late.

On Thursday, the Eagles won 47-26 at home over Red Bud (6-5). Karsen Jany led Columbia with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ava Khoury added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Red Bud won 58-22 over Valmeyer (0-7) on Tuesday. Hanna Sievers led Red Bud with 20 points.

Dupo (2-5) lost 34-25 to New Athens on Tuesday. The Tigers, playing without top player Octavia Heidelberg, were outscored 17-3 in the fourth quarter. Maddie Esmon led Dupo with nine points. The Tigers play at winless Valmeyer on Friday.

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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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