Area basketball teams pick up Friday victories
Girls: Pekin 49, Highland 45
PACKWOOD — Pekin left its late-game blues behind and came back from a fourth-quarter deficit to pick up a 49-45 home win over Highland Friday.
Trailing 33-30 at the start of the final quarter, the Panthers poured in 19 points in the final eight minutes to win their second game in a row.
Leading the way for the Panthers on offense was Samantha Wright with 14 points and Beth Atwood with 11. Gwynne Wright and Jessica Horras scored nine points apiece for Pekin.
Tiana Slaney had a team-high four steals. Madelyn Baker finished with eight boards and three steals, and Atwood finished with a team-leading 10 boards.
Pekin returns to action Thursday at Winfield-Mount Union.
Boys: Highland 59, Pekin 53
PACKWOOD — A difficult stretch for the Pekin boys’ basketball team continued Friday with a 59-53 loss to Highland in Packwood.
The Panthers (11-7) fell behind 46-28 at halftime before pulling within single digits in the fourth quarter. Pekin held Highland to just three points in the third quarter and another 10 in the fourth. The loss was the third straight for the Panthers.
Junior Cade Millikin scored 20 points to lead the Panthers offensively. Brody Long contributed 12 points and Graham Wittrock scored nine. Petie Clubb and Eric Adam added five and four points, respectively.
Pekin will take a trip to Winfield-Mount Union on Thursday.
Pekin vs. Highland
HIGHLAND — 24 22 3 10 — 59
PEKIN — 16 12 6 19 — 53
PEKIN — Millikin 6 6-7 20, Long 5 2-6 12, Wittrock 3 2-2 9, Clubb 2 0-0 5, Adam 1 2-2 4, Jensen 1 0-1 2, Bond 0 1-2 1, Totals 18 14-23 53
3-point goals — Clubb, Wittrock, Millikin.
Boys: Holy Trinity 63, Van Buren 47
FORT MADISON — Van Buren fell on the road in SEISC South action Friday, dropping a 63-47 game to Holy Trinity in Fort Madison.
Will Mertens led the Warriors with 23 points. Brandon Plecker scored nine, Garrett Saunders had eight points and Pedrick Garrett chipped in five points.
The Warriors return home Tuesday to take on rival Central Lee.
Girls: Van Buren 40, Holy Trinity 25
FORT MADISON — Hanna Haynes nearly outscored Holy Trinity by herself Friday in a 40-25 victory over Holy Trinity in Fort Madison.
Haynes scored 16 points, and she also had 16 rebounds and seven steals as the Warriors held Holy Trinity to 11 points by halftime. The win was the fourth in five games for Van Buren.
Kaitlyn Johnson scored nine points and Abbey Rider added eight. Jordan Billups scored five points and Payten Hughes rounded out the team score with two.
The Warriors conclude the regular season Tuesday vs. Central Lee.
Girls: Cardinal 56, Harmony 23
DONNELLSON — Lindsay Moore poured in 22 points on 10 of 11 free throw shooting, and the Comet girls turned a 35-12 halftime lead into a 56-23 victory over Harmony Friday in Donnellson.
Lexi Fullenkamp and Danae Moses finished the game with eight points each for Cardinal, which also outscored Harmony 21-13 in the second half.
Jessie McElderry scored six points, Delaney Ridgway put in five and Mattie Kildow tacked on three points off the bench.
The Comets (7-11) visit West Burlington on Tuesday.
Boys: Cardinal 72, Harmony 41
DONNELLSON — The Cardinal boys’ basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a dominant, 72-41 victory over Harmony Friday in SEISC South action.
Three Comets scored in double figures on their way to the big victory. Cody Carter finished with a game-high 17 points on three treys, and Charlie Rachford scored 16 with a pair of 3s. Jonathan Pedersen added 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting for Cardinal (10-7).
Also for the Comets, Dakota Showman scored six points, while Kyle Kent and Kaleb Durflinger had five points apiece.
Cardinal will be at West Burlington Tuesday.