The local high school girls basketball season is off and running.
Waterloo (2-4) lost to a tough Triad squad on Monday, 49-33. The Bulldogs trailed only 20-19 at halftime, but the Knights pulled away in the second half. Norah Gum led Waterloo with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
On Thursday, Waterloo dropped a 54-35 contest at Highland. Gum again led the ‘Dogs with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs dropped a 79-30 contest to Civic Memorial. Sam Lindhorst paced Waterloo with 11 points and six rebounds.
Last Thursday, Waterloo lost 68-48 at unbeaten Jerseyville. Lindhorst scored 19 points and Gum added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Waterloo hosted Mascoutah last Tuesday, getting back in the win column by a score of 49-36. Gum poured in 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Waterloo plays at Roxana on Saturday before hosting Father McGivney on Monday.
Gibault (2-4) lost 34-23 to Metro East Lutheran on Monday. The Hawks trailed 11-2 after one quarter and shot just 15 percent (7-for-47) from the floor for the game.
Maddie Davis led Gibault with 13 points and six rebounds.
On Thursday, the Hawks lost 58-29 at home to Father McGivney.
The Griffins made a three-pointer at the end of the first quarter to go up 14-7 and continued to pour it on from there. Gibault trailed 25-13 at halftime.
“We didn’t shoot the ball very well, and a shooting night like that is tough to overcome against a good team like Father McGivney,” Gibault head coach Matt Blaskiewicz said.
Kailynne Small, a freshman, finished with 15 points to lead the Hawks. Davis added nine points.
“She is quickly growing into a strong varsity player for us,” Blaskiewicz said of Small.
Gibault hosted Valmeyer on Tuesday for senior night, winning 48-24. Davis scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Small added 18 points, all via three-pointers.
Gibault hosts Marissa on Friday and plays Saturday at Chester.
Columbia (2-5) won its first game of the season at Carlyle on Saturday, 57-22. The Eagles shot 49 percent from the floor, led by Karsen Jany’s 15 points. Emily Holmes added 13 points and Ava Khoury contributed 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Eagles lost on a last-second shot, 43-40, to Okawville on Monday. Jany led the way again with 10 points and five rebounds.
Columbia lost at Okawville on Thursday, 64-48. Jany paced the Eagles with 20 points and four steals.
Last Thursday, Columbia dropped a 68-37 game at Breese Central. The Eagles committed 31 turnovers in the loss. Jany scored 13 points for Columbia, which downed Wesclin on Tuesday, 43-37. Jany and Khoury scored 11 points each.
Columbia hosts Salem on Saturday.
Dupo (2-2) won 54-36 at Steeleville on Thursday. Maddie Esmon scored 15 points to lead the Tigers, who shot 43 percent from the floor. Abby Francis added 13 points and Octavia Heidelberg added 11 points and 13 rebounds.
On Monday, Dupo won 32-21 at New Athens. The Tigers went on an 11-3 run in the third quarter to take control of the game. Heidelberg led the way for Dupo with 10 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Dupo lost Tuesday at Marissa, 54-24. The Tigers travel to Red Bud on Saturday.
Valmeyer (0-4) lost 46-19 to New Athens on Saturday. Brooke Miller scored eight points to lead the Pirates, who shot just 15 percent (8-for-52) from the floor.
Madi Stewart scored 17 points to lead New Athens (1-1).
Valmeyer hosts Marissa on Saturday.
Red Bud (4-3) lost 47-24 at Marissa on Thursday. Red Bud shot just 19 percent (8-for-42) from the floor in the contest.