Panther girls fall by two in Lone Tree; boys lose
LONE TREE — The Pekin girls stuck to their modus operandi Tuesday, falling behind early before catching up late against Lone Tree in Southeast Iowa Super Conference basketball.
The Panthers trailed 33-19 at halftime, caught up in the third quarter and took the lead with one minute to go in regulation. A Pekin buzzer-beater shot was a little off, however, as it lost to Lone Tree 58-56.
“It was the same old story. We started slow, got behind big, but in the second half chipped away,” said Pekin head coach Davis Eidahl.
The Panthers scored more than twice as many points in the second half (37) as the first (19).
McKenna Gambell, a sophomore, led the Panthers with 16 points on 8 of 12 shooting, and she pulled down 11 boards in 32 minutes of playing time.
Cheyann Lankford dropped in 14 points to go with four steals, and Jessica Horras scored eight points. Leslie Stone and Sam Wright added five points apiece.
Despite the loss, Eidahl was pleased with his team’s effort.
“We did have several positives come from the game,” said Eidahl. “The girls never gave up.”
The Panthers (1-2, 1-2 SEISC North) return home to face Wapello Thursday.
Pekin @ Lone Tree
PEKIN — 10 9 21 16 — 56
LONE TREE — 12 21 11 14 — 58
PEKIN — Gambell 16, Lankford 14, Horras 8, Stone 5, S. Wright 5, G. Wright 2, Slaney 2, Cooley 2, Baker 2
3-point goals — S. Wright 1. Rebounds — Gambell 11, Horras 4, Cooley 4. Assists — Lankford 2, S. Wright 2. Steals — Lankford 4, Gambell 2, Baker 2
Millikin paces Pekin in loss
The Pekin boys basketball team dropped its season opener at Lone Tree on Tuesday, falling 87-58.
Pekin junior Cade Millikin, starting in his first varsity game, led the Panthers with 15 points. Brody Long, another junior, contributed 14 points and seven rebounds, while Petie Clubb swiped four steals and supplied two dimes.
The 0-1 Panthers will look to get in the win column Thursday when they hold their home opener vs. Wapello.