Pekin falls to Wolves 50-39 in season opener
WINFIELD — The Pekin girls’ basketball team started its season early with a 50-39 loss to Winfield-Mount Union in Southeast Iowa Super Conference North action Friday evening.
“It took us a while to get going,” said Pekin head coach Davis Eidahl. “Being our first game and only one player back from last year that played, it wasn’t until the second half that we really began to play as a team.”
McKenna Gambell led the Panthers with 11 points on 5 of 10 shooting, and she also totaled seven rebounds and two steals. Cheyann Lankford scored six points to go with a team-high eight steals, and the senior dished out four assists. Madelyn Baker had six points, three steals, and was 4 of 6 from the charity stripe; Gwynne Wright scored five points; and Jessica Horras pulled down five boards and scored two points.
Other Pekin players contributing to the final score were Samantha Wright with four points, Tiana Slaney and Monica Cooley with two points each; and Sloan Reighard chipping in one point.
The Wolves led the entire contest and built a 30-13 lead by the intermission. Three of the host team’s players were in double figures; Shelby Therme led all scorers with 13 points, Cassie Kingery had 12 and Alicia Escher netted 10 points.
The slow start didn’t dampen Eidahl’s hopes for the season.
“We are young, but we will build on this game,” he said.