Blue Ridge Girls Basketball 51, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 40

MACKINAW, Ill. -- The Lady Knights overcame a 15-9 deficit at the end of the first quarter with some tough defense, allowing only three points in the second quarter en route to the Heart of Illinois Conference victory.

Blue Ridge outscored the Lady Chiefs 15-3 in the second quarter to take a 24-18 halftime lead. The Lady Knights held a 14-12 advantage in the third quarter to go into the fourth leading 38-30.

Thanks in part to 6-of-9 shooting at the free-throw line by Korrie Gilbert, Blue Ridge outscored Dee-Mack 13-10 to clinch the victory. Gilbert finished the game with double-digit scoring, tallying 12 points.

Jacquelyn O'Neal led the Lady Knights in scoring with 15 points. Melinda Wilson scored in double figures as well with 14 points.

Jamison Brandt contributed six points while Gabby Pearl finished the game with four points.

With the win, Blue Ridge improves to 11-16 overall and 4-6 in the HOIC. The Lady Knights will conclude their regular season on Thursday by hosting a conference game against Tri-Valley.

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