The Gillespie Middle School basketball program continued its success once again with a regional championship victory last week where the Indians advanced to the sectionals with a 25-6 victory over Staunton.
After receiving a bye to start the regional tournament that was played at Ben-Gil Elementary School, the Indians (1st seed) advanced to the regional championship with a 30-23 victory over Southwestern. Gillespie met Staunton (2nd seed) in the regional championship, but quickly secured the lead and the game.
The Indians allowed Staunton no points in the first quarter as they built a 6-0 lead after the first quarter, but then only scored two points in the second quarter for a halftime score of 8-4. After regrouping at halftime, Gillespie added 12 points to their score in the third quarter and led the Terriers 20-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
Gillespie again prevented Staunton from scoring in the fourth quarter while adding five points to their own score to finish the game with a 25-6 victory.
Emily Schoen led the Indians with 11 points while Addie Hayes and Regan Bussmann each scored six points for Gillespie.
The Indians will now face Pana in the Vandalia Sectional on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. The game will be played at Vandalia Junior High School. Pana was also the top seed in their regional and defeated Girard North Mac 22-5 in the regional semi-finals and Litchfield 26-23 to win their respected regional.
In the last two years, GMS has brought home four top finishes from the IESA State Tournament. In 2015, the seventh-grade boys finished first in state while the girls finished second and then in 2016, the boys followed up with a fourth-place finish while the girls finished fourth as well.