Hiltoppers Roll Past Gillespie For SCC Win

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The Hillsboro girls basketball team scored early and often in a rare Tuesday conference game as they defeated Gillespie 55-27 on Jan. 4, in Hillsboro.

Guard Layne Rupert stayed hot for Hillsboro after earning all-tournament honors at Riverton last week as she scored nine of Hillsboro’s 17 points in the first quarter. Alex Frailey (4), Sophia Blankenship (2) and Sierra Compton (2) also scored for the Toppers, who led 17-6 after eight minutes.

Early in the second, Gillespie got baskets from Jenna Clark and Lauren Bertagnolli, while holding Hillsboro to two free throws by Frailey.

The Hillsboro lead was still nine points with five and a half minutes, though, and would soon increase substantially. Rupert rattled off eight straight baskets as the Hillsboro defense taunted the Miners. Sierra Compton and Tatum Christian also scored for the Toppers, who scored the last 12 points of the quarter to lead 31-10 at halftime.

The offensive onslaught continued in the second half as the Toppers got a basket from Alex Frailey and a three from Kenadie Carlock before a minute ticked off the clock. Hillsboro’s lead would grow to 41-13 before Coach Bret Tuetken used the opportunity to get his bench into the game.

Gillespie’s Madison Niemeyer would take advantage of the second string, scoring seven points in an 8-0 run that went until the end of the third quarter.

Gillespie still trailed by 20 going into the fourth quarter and had no answer for the Hillsboro starters, who took the floor to start the final frame. Four different players scored in the first four and a half minutes, capped off by a Layne Rupert three that made it 50-21.

While they had flirted with the mercy rule earlier, Hillsboro only briefly led by 30, when Carlock knocked down her second three of the game to up the score to 55-25 with 90 seconds to play. Becca Crays added a bucket for Gillespie a short while later and Hillsboro ran the rest of the clock down to collect win number 13 on the year.

Rupert nearly outscored the Miners on her own, netting 25 points for her ninth game of 20 points or more. Alex Frailey added in 12 points, while Kenadie Carlock had eight. Sierra Compton chipped in six, while Sophia Blankenship and Tatum Christian had two each, with Christian’s second quarter bucket the first of her varsity career.

Winners of nine of their last 11 games, Hillsboro improved to 13-5 and 3-0 in South Central Conference play. Hillsboro was scheduled to play Staunton on Jan. 6, and Wesclin on Jan. 10, but both were cancelled. The Staunton game has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 26.

The last game Hillsboro has scheduled before they open up the Highland Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 2:30 p.m. against O’Fallon. That game will hopefully take place on Jan. 13, when the Toppers host Pana.

January 4 at Hillsboro

Gillespie 6 4 11 6 27

Hillsboro 17 14 10 14 55

Gillespie (27) - Madison Niemeyer 10, Jenna Clark 6, Mia Brawner 4, Lauren Bertagnolli 3, Regan Bussmann 2, Becca Crays 2. Totals: 11 5-8 27.

Hillsboro (55) - Layne Rupert 25, Alex Frailey 12, Kenadie Carlock 8, Sierra Compton 6, Tatum Christian 2, Sophia Blankenship 2. Totals: 24 4-6 55.

Three-point field goals: Gillespie 0; Hillsboro 3 (Carlock 2, Rupert 1).

Records: Gillespie (6-8, 1-2); Hillsboro (13-5, 3-0).

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