Pekin, Cardinal get first wins of season
The Pekin girls’ basketball team won its opening game of the year Tuesday 50-34 against WACO.
Beth Atwood led the Panthers with 18 points. McKenna Gambell, who tore an ACL last season and saw minimal playing time Saturday in the Pride Scrimmage, was second on the team with nine points. Point guard Gwynne Wright put in eight points, including two three-pointers.
“Its nice to win your opening game on the road,” Pekin coach Davis Eidahl said. “One thing that you can say is that our girls played hard the entire game. We have things to work on but we did get off to a good start.”
Pekin took a six-point lead into halftime, but exploded to go on an 11-4 run in the second half. The girls continued to build their lead until the final buzzer.
Senior Tiana Slaney scored five points and Madelyn Baker scored six points.
The Panthers next game is Tuesday at Lone Tree.
Cardinal loses opening game of the season
The Cardinal girls’ basketball team lost Monday in its opening game to Albia by the score of 45-35.
The Comets only led 3-1 after the first quarter, but then both teams came alive to the second quarter to produce a 19-15 score, in favor of Albia, at halftime.
Sophomore Jessie McElderry led Cardinal with 12 points. Lexi Fullencamp, also a sophomore, put in eight points and senior Shannon Self chipped in with six points off the bench. Delaney Ridgway was the leader on the defensive end with four steals.
Comets beat Danville to get in the win column
Cardinal shook off its first loss by coming back Tuesday night and winning 48-37 against conference foe Danville.
The Comets took a 21-12 lead into halftime and never let the lead evaporate. A trio of sophomores led the team in points. Fullencamp led the squad with 16 points. Ridgway scored 14 and McElderry put down 10 points.
Fullencamp, Ridgway and Ryley McElderry all had multiple steals that helped keep Danville off the scoreboard.
Danae Moses and Fullencamp led the team with two steals each. McElderry, who didn’t score as many points as she did the night before, still led Cardinal in rebounds with 10.
The Comets play again Tuesday at home against Central Lee.