The Hillsboro women’s basketball team scored early and often in a rare conference game Tuesday as they beat Gillespie 55-27 on Jan. 4 in Hillsboro.
Guard Layne Rupert remained hot for Hillsboro after taking full tournament honor 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 limiting Hillsboro to two free throws from Frailey.
Hillsboro’s lead was still nine points with five and a half minutes, and would soon increase significantly. Rupert notched eight straight baskets as the Hillsboro defense mocked 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 offense continued into the second half as the Toppers got a basket from Alex Frailey and a three from Kenadie Carlock before a minute struck. Hillsboro’s lead would drop to 41-13 before coach Bret Tuetken took the opportunity to bring his bench into the game.
Gillespie’s Madison Niemeyer would take advantage of the second string, scoring seven points in an 8-0 streak that continued until the end of the third quarter.
Gillespie was still down 20 heading into the fourth quarter and had no answer for the Hillsboro starters, who spoke to start the final frame. Four different players scored in the first four and a half minutes, topped by a Layne Rupert three who made it 50-21.
Having flirted with the leniency rule earlier, Hillsboro only led briefly by 30, when Carlock knocked down his three second-in-the-game to make it 55-25 with 90 seconds left. Becca Crays added a bucket for Gillespie soon after and Hillsboro raced the rest of the time for the 13th win of the year.
Rupert nearly dominated the Miners on her own, scoring 25 points for her ninth game of 20 points or more. Alex Frailey added 12 points, while Kenadie Carlock had eight. Sierra Compton had six, while Sophia Blankenship and Tatum Christian had two each, with Christian’s second quarter being the first of his college career.
Winner of nine of his last 11 games, Hillsboro improved to 13-5, 3-0 in the South Central Conference game. Hillsboro was scheduled to play Staunton on January 6 and Wesclin on January 10, but both were canceled. Staunton’s game has been postponed to Wednesday, January 26.
The last game Hillsboro has scheduled before opening the Highland Tournament on Saturday, Jan.15 at 2:30 p.m. against O’Fallon. That game will hopefully take place on January 13, when the Toppers host Pana.
January 4 in 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).
Recordings: Gillespie (6-8, 1-2); Hillsboro (13-5, 3-0).