Amanda Schmidt reached a career scoring milestone Wednesday evening in Gillespie’s victory over Bunker Hill scoring her 1,000th varsity point in Gillespie’s sixteenth game of the season while setting two new school records for Gillespie High School.
On top of scoring her 1,000th point, the Gillespie senior also broke the high school girls’ basketball records for most points in a single game with 43 points and the record for most field goals in one game with 17. Former record holder for most points in a game was Tracy Petersen with 34 points and former record holder for most field goals was Jodi Ottersburg Alexander with 16.
Schmidt scored her 1,000th varsity point and set two new school records for Gillespie High School.
The girls started 2017 losing to Hillsboro but bounced back with wins over Roxana, Bunker Hill, and Metro East Lutheran. Gillespie is ranked third in the Macoupin County Tournament behind Mt. Olive (#1) and Carlinville (#2). Find the revised County Tournament schedule here.
HILLSBORO (66-71): Like many other teams that have faced Hillsboro this season, Gillespie had trouble stopping Hillsboro’s sophomore gunner: Sammi Matoush. Matoush finished the game with 28 points but was matched with Gillespie’s own dominant scorer, Amanda Schmidt, who also finished the game with 28 points.
The Miners led 12-7 after the first quarter, 30-18 at the half and 50-38 after the third quarter, but didn’t fare well in the fourth quarter as Hillsboro scored 33 points in the final quarter – 14 of those points from the free throw line – while the Miners only put up 16. Gillespie got 19 points from Paige Niemeyer and 19 combined points from five other players.
ROXANA (64-22): The Miners had no trouble with the visiting Roxana Shells, a South Central Conference opponent. Gillespie got off to a hot start scoring 20 points in the opening quarter, adding 18 in the second, 11 in the third and then finishing the Shells with 15 in the fourth quarter. Schmidt led with 20 points, Niemeyer followed with 11 and Ally Bires and Karli Carr each put forth a 7-point effort.
BUNKER HILL (76-55): No team will pose much of a threat when a captain nearly outscores the other team single handily. The Minutemen were wiped away by a 43-point performance from senior captain Amanda Schmidt. Forwards Abbie Barber (14 points) and Paige Niemeyer (12 points) also posed a dual offensive threat combining for 26 points for Gillespie while the Schmidt-Barber-Niemeyer trio covered over 90 percent of team’s scoring.
METRO EAST LUTERHAN (51-40): Gillespie extended their winning streak to three games in the team’s first road game of the New Year with a victory over the private Lutheran school in Edwardsville. The Miners led the entire game after starting the game with a 22-point first quarter performance. Gillespie followed with 11 points in the second, eight in the third and then 10 in the fourth. Karli Carr led all scorers with 20 points, 18 of which came from beyond the three-point arc, Schmidt followed with 13 and Niemeyer tallied 11.