Gillespie (26-2) went three minutes longer than regular play in the championship game of the Class 7-3A state tournament last Thursday, but the seventh grade Indians outscored Teutopolis 7-2 in the overtime period to finish their season as state champions with a 38-33 victory.
The Indians battled back from a 13-21 halftime deficit and outscored Teutopolis 8-3 in the third quarter and 10-7 in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime where Gillespie held onto their intensity for the victory and the best finish in school history.
Gillespie’s defense began to shut Teutopolis down in the second half
The intensity continued for Teutopolis in the second quarter as the Wooden Shoes opened with a 4-0 scoring run. Gillespie struggled from the free throw line scoring only 5 points in the quarter to put the Indians behind 13-21 at the half.
Gillespie’s defense began to shut Teutopolis down in the second half cutting the deficit down to 3 points by the end of the third quarter, 24-21. The Indians continued to chip away at the deficit in the fourth quarter and Frankie Barrett’s three pointer finally gave the Indians a 31-29 lead late in the quarter.
Teutopolis’ Mitch Hardiek later came up big for the Wooden Shoes tying the game at 31 after scoring on a layup with 11 seconds. The Indians had one opportunity to end the game in regular play, but a missed 3-point attempt sent the game into overtime where Anthony Kravanya gave Gillespie a quick 2-point lead after the overtime tip-off.
Gillespie’s Anthony Kravanya led all scorers with 16 points in the championship game
With the game wrapping up late, the seventh grade Indians were welcomed into town by the Gillespie Fire Department and escorted to the school with a lights-only escort. A congratulatory reception was held for the team at the end of the school day on Friday with a fire truck escort through town following the reception.
Gillespie’s Anthony Kravanya led all scorers with 16 points in the championship game. Devin Stroh finished with 9 points while Billy Gill scored 6, Frankie Barrett added 5 and Chance Reiniesch ended with 2.
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