GCMS High School girls basketball to start season Monday

GIBSON CITY -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley girls basketball team's 17-13 record last year was the program's first winning season since 2011-12.
 
That team graduated only one senior and is going into the 2018-19 with an experienced roster.
 
"We are really excited about the season," GCMS head coach Keri Dornbusch said. "The girls have been working hard to get prepared. We are very proud of the girls and the work they are doing."
 
The Falcons will return Claire Retherford, Megan Moody, Makenzi Bielfeldt, Courtney Burton and Jenny Patel for their senior seasons and Hannah Hathaway, Rylee Tompkins, Maci Bielfeldt, Emily Clinton and Abby Spiller for their junior seasons.
 
Retherford averaged 11.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season while Hathaway made 22 3-point goals and had 2.2 assists per game. Moody had 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game while Makenzi Bielfeldt had 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
 
"We definitely have an experienced group returning," Dornbusch said. "They all are working to improve their game."
 
The Falcons will start their season by co-hosting the Lady Falcon & Bunnie Tip-Off Classic, which starts at next Monday as GCMS plays at home at 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Friday's game is to be determined.
 
On Monday, Nov. 26, GCMS will make its Heart of Illinois Conference debut at Eureka. The Falcons will then host St. Thomas More in a nonconference game the following Tuesday before hosting Flanagan-Cornell/Woodland on Thursday, Nov. 29.
 
The Falcons will also participate in the Monticello Tournament from Dec. 26-28 and the Heart of Illinois Conference Tournament from Jan. 19-26.
 
"Every game will challenge us in different ways," Dornbusch said. 

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