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Gilmore Hits Grand Points Milestone

By Mark Jurgena

COLLINSVILLE — It only took her the better part of three years to score 1,000 career points.

Of course, she’s only a junior.

Talesha Gilmore hit a layup off the right block at the 2:46 mark of the second quarter to cut O’Fallon’s lead down to 29-20 on Feb. 6 at Fletcher Gym. That bucket pushed her past the 1,000-point milestone.

A timeout was immediately called and the Kahoks celebrated as teammates.

“I’ve had it for a goal, I’m just happy I got it in my junior year,” she said. 

Gilmore has started since day one at the varsity level in a Kahok uniform. She tossed in 218 points as a freshman and 283 as a sophomore, but she had longtime starters Megan Janson and Jenna Scheller, both of whom are playing college basketball currently, to help carry the scoring load.

This season she has stepped up her scoring pace with 541 points and an average of 18.7 points per game.

“I knew she’d get to 1,000,” said Collinsville Coach Colin Moore. “Honestly after her freshman year, I didn’t think it would be her junior year but she’s done great this year.”

While Gilmore has embraced her new role she also takes inspiration from her accomplishment.

“(It means) that I can do anything I put my mind to,” she said. “If I work hard enough I will accomplish all of my goals.”

Among those goals is playing basketball in college. However as of now she has no set plans for that stage in her career.

“Wherever it takes me,” she said about her future plans.

Collinsville basketball fans hope it takes the Kahoks on another strong season in 2024-25.

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