Pekin boys win road game at W-MUGirls lose close game 47-46
One team’s winning ways continued, while another team lost a close one.
The Pekin boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have had tremendous seasons thus far, but only the boys team left Winfield-Mount Union Tuesday night with a win.
The boys won 61-51. Four Winfield-Mount Union starters scored in double digits, but that wasn’t enough for the Wolves to pull out the victory. Pekin took a four-point advantage into halftime and gradually extended the lead over the next 16 minutes.
Brody Long scored 19 points for the Panthers, which led all scorers. Jared Bond was right behind with 14 points. Cade Millikin scored nine points and Petie Clubb chipped in eight points.
Sophomore Zach Davis led the way for Winfield-Mount Union with 12 points. Max Fricke, Jake Edwards and Garret Baker each scored 11 points. Edwards and Baker each finished with 11 rebounds as well.
Pekin is now 6-1 on the season. The Panthers will start a three game home stand with a struggling WACO squad Friday. Games against a powerful Lone Tree team and against Wapello will follow.
The Pekin girls’ team lost 47-46. Winfield-Mount Union is now 9-1 on the season, while the Panthers fall to 6-2. The Panthers let a nine-point halftime lead slip away in the second half. Pekin was limited to seven points in the third quarter, which helped the Wolves begin to come back.
Pekin coach Davis Eidahl knows a road victory would have been tough to come by, and he’s pleased with the way his team performed.
“We played a great game, but we made some turnovers that were critical,” Eidahl said. “Only going 8-20 from the free throw line is not going to help you win the close games.”
Beth Atwood continued her strong season by leading the team with 19 points, three steals and eight rebounds. Samantha Wright dropped 12 points and hit three shots from beyond the arc. Her sister Gwynne Wright scored nine points.
The Panthers will play the same home set of games as the boys over the next week.