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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 20, 2014

Pekin earns huge wins over weekend

Boys take a hold of first place in the SEISC North
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Jan 14, 2014

It was a perfect weekend of basketball for Pekin.

The girls’ and the boys’ team, both won two games, one against WACO and one against IMS.

The boys began their weekend with a 79-45 overwhelming of WACO (3-7) in Packwood. The game was lopsided from the beginning, with the Panthers allowing only seven points in the first quarter.

“We had another near stellar first half defensive performance,” Pekin boys’ basketball coach Ken Hutchinson said.

Cade Millikin scored 13 points and dished out six assists. Brody Long also scored 13 points and led Pekin with seven rebounds. Jared Bond chipped in 10 points and Petie Clubb added nine points.

On Saturday, the Panthers traveled to Kalona to take on IMS. Prior to this game, IMS (8-2) had only lost one game and was still undefeated in the SEISC. Pekin found a way to pull out a 56-52 win.

The defense played a huge factor again for the Panthers, allowing only four points in the final quarter and keeping IMS to two points in its final five possessions. It was a significant comeback for the Panthers, who were down by seven at halftime and lost to IMS twice last season by double figures.

Jared Bond led Pekin with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Long scored 12 points and brought in nine rebounds. Clubb scored eight points and led the squad with six assists. Dallas Nye led IMS in scoring with 16 points, 10 of which came during a 19-12 IMS second quarter run.

The Panthers (8-1) will battle Lone Tree (7-1) tonight for the SEISC North Division lead at Pekin High School.

The Pekin girls’ basketball team defeated WACO 64-39 Friday. Beth Atwood and Samantha Wright each led Pekin with 12 points. McKenna Gambell scored 10 points and Gwynne Wright chipped in nine. Atwood led in rebound with 11.

“It was a real balanced scoring night,” Pekin girls’ basketball coach Davis Eidahl said. “WACO was trying to take away one or two of the girls, so it was nice to see four or five girls score pretty much the same amount of points.”

The now 8-2 Panthers went on to beat IMS 57-44 Saturday. IMS led after the first quarter, but Pekin was able to outscore them the rest of the way. Eidahl attributes the win to team defense.

“It was the best team defense I’ve seen in the last 10 years,” Eidahl said. “Gwynne Wright shutdown one of their three-point shooters and we had the fewest turnovers of the season.”

Atwood scored 20 points and wrapped up 10 rebounds. Gwynne Wright scored 14 points and got three steals. Madelyn Baker chipped in nine points and two assists.

Pekin hosts 4-6 Lone Tree tonight in Packwood.

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