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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 16, 2014

Pekin boys stretch winning streak to 15 games

Girls notch wins over IMS, Sigourney
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Feb 04, 2014

To say basketball in Packwood so far this season has been impressive would be an understatement.

The Pekin boys now have a 15 game winning streak and a 15-1 record after defeating Southeast Iowa Super Conference rival IMS on Friday and Sigourney on Saturday.

The Panthers’ 58-55 win over IMS likely gave Pekin the SEISC-North title. IMS and Lone Tree will likely finish second and third in the conference, and Pekin went 3-1 against those teams this season.

Down by five at halftime, IMS stormed back and outscored their opponent 20-9 in the third quarter. Fourth quarter defense, like in so many other Pekin wins this season, was the catalyst for the victory. The Panthers came back and played a dominant fourth quarter. IMS (14-3) made a three-pointer in the closing minute to bring themselves within three points, but it was far too late.

“We missed a few free throws that could have sealed it late,” Pekin coach Ken Hutchinson said. “We showed amazing poise to hold them off.”

Jared Bond led Pekin with 20 points and eight rebounds. Cade Millikin finished with 12 points, four assists and three steals. Keaton Winn put in 10 points and Petie Clubb led the Panthers with five assists.

Saturday’s trip to Sigourney resulted in a 59-38 win. Pekin led 40-24 at halftime and held Sigourney to under 10 points in three of the four quarters. Milliken and Brody Long both scored 18 points. Bond put in 10 points. Long led the team in rebounds with 13.

Pekin is scheduled to play at Highland tonight. Games against WACO and Winfield-Mount Union still await the Panthers.

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Pekin girls also earned two victories over the weekend.

The weekend started with a narrow 45-44 win over IMS. The Panthers led by 10 at halftime and were able to cling to their lead for the rest of the way. Beth Atwood led Pekin with 15 points despite the fact IMS was using two defenders on her most of the game.

“It was a well played game on both sides,” Pekin coach Davis Eidahl said. “We played as good a team defense as I have seen our girls play. With teams playing two girls on Beth, our other girls are really stepping up.”

McKenna Gambell scored 12 points and Gwynne Wright put in 11. Atwood and Gambell led the team in rebounds with nine each.

Pekin (13-4) then took to the road Saturday and defeated Sigourney 67-32. Atwood was rolling yet again, shooting 7-18 from the field and amassing 20 points. She also was key on the defensive end of the floor, tallying 11 steals.

Gambell scored 10 points and Madelyn Baker scored nine points.

A huge contest against Winfield-Mount Union Friday night will likely decide second place in the SEISC-North. A couple of regular season contests still await Pekin before it travels to B-G-M (Brooklyn) on Feb. 15 to face the Bears to begin the playoffs.

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