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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 31, 2014

Pekin basketball continues hot start

Boys, girls both defeat Highland
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Jan 07, 2014

Pekin basketball is on fire to begin the season.

The Pekin boys’ and girls’ basketball teams both defeated Highland over the weekend, meaning both teams still only have one loss.

The Pekin girls beat Highland 45-43 Saturday. The Panthers took a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter, only to see the lead dwindle as Highland mounted a comeback. Highland sophomore Cheyanne Adamson scored 20 points and had a game high nine steals.

“We had a nice lead and we let it slip away,” Pekin coach Davis Eidahl said. “It was a good learning experience for our girls and I hope we can build on it.”

Beth Atwood led the Panthers with 21 points, three steals and 12 rebounds. Samantha Wright scored eight points, and her sister Gwynne Wright put in six points.

“After our long layoff and two games canceled games before Christmas, it was big for our girls to come out and get a win in our first game back,” Eidahl said. “Highland is a good team and it was a good win for us.”

This game was an important SEI Superconference win for Pekin, as it drops Highland to 5-3 and raises the Panthers to 6-1 on the season. Upcoming games against Winfield-Mount Union, WACO and Lone Tree will test Pekin’s one-loss record.

The Pekin boys won 67-45, easily defeating Highland after grabbing a 19-point halftime lead.

“I was extremely pleased with our defensive intensity, both in the half court and in the full court in the first half,” Pekin coach Ken Hutchinson said. “It got sloppy in the third quarter, but we were able to close with 21 points in the fourth.

Jared Bond led the Panthers with 17 points and eight rebounds. Cade Millikin scored 15 points, while teammates Brody Long and Eric Adam both scored 10 points. Petie Clubb led the squad with eight assists and three steals.

Pekin (5-1) plays Winfield-Mount Union before a stretch of three straight conference home games.

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