Panthers win conference gamesBoys and girls improve records
The Pekin boys’ basketball team’s only loss this season was its very first game, a nine-point road defeat at the hands of Lone Tree.
That loss has now been avenged.
Pekin hosted and defeated Lone Tree 49-39 Tuesday. It was a different style than the first game, which was a 70-61 shootout. The Panther defense was the spark plug, holding the Lions to 12 points in the first half.
“Our defensive effort in the second quarter, holding Lone Tree to three points, was the main reason we held off and secured our ninth straight win,” Pekin coach Ken Hutchinson said.
The Panthers (9-1) held a sturdy lead for most of the game. A fourth quarter push by Lone Tree (7-2) where it outscored Pekin by seven points in the quarter wasn’t enough to get them close.
Pekin’s group of starting seniors played well together yet again. Jared Bond led the Panthers with 12 points and eight rebounds. Cade Millikin scored 10 points and Petie Clubb chipped in seven. Fellow starter Brody Long scored six points. Sophomore Keaton Winn came off the bench to record nine points and five rebounds.
Pekin’s next game is Friday at home against Wapello.
The Pekin’s girls’ basketball team downed another SEI Superconference opponent Tuesday when Lone Tree came to Packwood. The Panthers won 71-57.
The Panthers (9-2) were able to extend their three-point halftime lead to 10 by the end of the third quarter. Pekin went 26-38 from the free throw line, which sealed the game. Tiana Slaney made two plays in the fourth quarter, one on each end of the court, that kept Pekin scoring and prepared them for the finishing run.
Beth Atwood led the Panthers in scoring with 31 points. Atwood shot 13-15 from the free throw line.
“We did a great job on offense,” Pekin coach Davis Eidahl said. “Beth was outstanding and I give her teammates great credit of getting the ball to her.”
Gwynne Wright and McKenna Gambell also had big offensive nights, scoring 16 and 11 points, respectively.
They were matched on the other side by Madelyn Flemr of Lone Tree (4-7), who scored 26 points. Flemr’s stat line also included three assists, three rebounds, three steals and three blocks. Madison Forbes scored 17 points.
Pekin will play Friday against Wapello in Packwood.