In a battle of the Hawks, it was Gibault who flew the highest Tuesday against Carrollton.
Gibault (22-9) scored a 54-35 win over top-seeded Carrollton (22-7) in the Class 1A North Greene Sectional semifinal.
Gibault’s dominant size — 6-foot-5 senior Brian Deterding and 6-4 junior Trevor Davis — pushed the Monroe County power to victory.
“It feels great to reach the sectional final,” Davis said. “We did it when I was a freshman and you always wonder if you will ever make it again.”
After a slow start by both teams, Gibault finally started to string together impressive runs, which ultimately became to much for Carrollton to overcome. The staunch Gibault defense would force Carrollton to play a rushed offense. That led to turnovers and defensive rebounds for Gibault.
Gibault would go on a 9-0 run which was highlighted by a one-handed monster dunk by Davis.
“I like to get the crowd going when I can, usually a dunk turns into a big momentum shift,” Davis said.
Carrollton would counter in the second quarter with a 9-0 run of its own. It was capped off with a three by senior Luke Gillingham and a few baskets by junior Jeremy Watson. This chain of events turned a 12-3 deficit into a 12-12 tie with 4:34 to play in the first half.
Gibault ended the half with an 11-0 run which ended with a foul on Davis. Davis would proceed to sink all three free throws, making the score 24-14 at the half.
Gibault continued to outplay and overmatch Carrollton, leading by as many as 19 points in the game.
Gibault coach Dennis Reuter said getting ahead early and controlling the tempo really mattered most when it came to securing the win.
“We hit shots early and never let ourselves get behind,” Reuter said.
Carrollton coach Jeff Krumwiede said it was a tough game for his club.
“No matter what we did, it would have been a double digit loss” Krumwiede said. “Gibault has so many weapons. I’m looking forward to watching them on Friday.”
Davis led Gibault with 21 points and Deterding added 14 points.
Gillingham sparked Carrollton with 14 points.
Gibault will return to White Hall on Friday to take on the winner of the Wednesday game between Pawnee and Okawville on Friday for the sectional championship.