Pirates picking up wins 

Valmeyer’s Brooke Miller (right) contests a shot attempt during a game earlier this season against Columbia. Miller, a senior, recently surpassed 1,000 career points scored. (JOHN SPYTEK photo)

The Valmeyer High School girls basketball team won three of four recent games to improve to 9-4 on the season. 

On Monday, the Pirates picked up a 69-34 victory at Gibault. Valmeyer led 42-15 at halftime and sailed from there. 

Brooke Miller, who eclipsed 1,000 career points  in the contest, finished with 24 points and 20 rebounds to pace the Pirates. Avery Proffer added 20 points. 

Monday’s win was preceded by a 39-14 loss to Marissa on Saturday to end Chester tournament play. The Pirates trailed 11-2 after the first quarter and could not recover.

On Friday, Valmeyer posted a 40-38 win over Chester in the tourney. Brooke Miller led the way again with 18 points and 11 rebounds. 

Valmeyer opened tourney play in Chester with a 37-31 win over Dupo. Brooke Miller scored 17 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. 

She averages 17 points, 12.2 rebounds, 4.23 steals and 3.08 blocks per game on the season. 

Kierstin Miller is averaging 11.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.62 steals per game. 

Valmeyer hosts New Athens this Thursday. 

Prior to Monday’s loss at home to Valmeyer, Gibault (4-14) lost 56-52 to Wood River. 

The Hawks play Wednesday at Roxana and host Steeleville this coming Tuesday. 

In addition to its loss to Valmeyer at the Chester tourney, Dupo (3-13) lost to Steeleville but did post a win Friday over Cobden, 42-30.

Addison Mitchell is Dupo’s leading scorer this season, averaging 11 points per game. 

The Tigers host Marissa on Thursday.

Columbia (11-10) saw the return of Sam Schmuke in Monday’s game against Centralia. She had missed the past few games due to injury. 

Schmuke scored eight points, but wasn’t enough in a 48-41 overtime loss. The Eagles trailed 10-3 after the first quarter, but rallied late to force OT.

Jordan Holten led Columbia with 10 points. She is averaging 13.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game on the season. 

Schmuke is averaging 12.1 points, 3.5 assists and 3.9 steals per game. 

Columbia hosts Wood River on Thursday and Granite City on Monday. 

Waterloo (7-12) is in the midst of a three-game losing streak. 

The Bulldogs, who have been without senior Liv Colson for the past handful of contests, lost 46-23 to Highland at home last Wednesday. No Waterloo player scored more than four points. 

On Monday, Waterloo dropped a 56-28 contest to Collinsville. The Bulldogs were down 19-5 after the first quarter. 

Mallory Thompson led Waterloo with nine points. 

The ‘Dogs play Thursday at Triad, then take on Breese Central at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Highland Invitational. 

Kristin Smith leads Waterloo in scoring this season at 9.3 points per game. 

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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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