Pekin’s 15-game win streak snappedPanther girls win close contest
The streak is over.
A road trip to Highland proved too difficult for the Pekin boys’ basketball team to handle, and the Panthers lost 60-58 Thursday. The loss breaks Pekin’s 15-game winning streak.
Pekin (15-2) has relied on defense and rebounding for much of the season. The Panthers gave up 30 points in the paint to Highland (12-6)
“Giving up 30 points in the paint is unacceptable by our standards,” Pekin coach Ken Hutchinson said. “We didn’t respect Highland’s ability to score and defend. Our defense was the softest we’ve played all year.”
Even though Coach Hutchinson was disappointed, the Panthers only lost by two points. Up by 12 going into the fourth quarter, a meltdown by the Panthers allowed Highland to outscore them 24-10 in the final frame.
Cade Millikin scored 18 points to lead the Panthers. Brody Long scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Jared Bond also scored double-digit points, finishing with 12.
The Panthers host Winfield-Mount Union tonight and travel to WACO Tuesday.
In the girls’ game, the Panthers won narrowly over Highland 61-59.
Pekin (14-4) outscored Highland (12-7) 18-11 in the second quarter, which wound up being the key to the matchup. Even a 23-point performance by Highland’s Cheyann Adamson could not give the Huskies the win.
“We played really good defense the last half of the game,” Pekin coach Davis Eidahl said. “Jessica Horras and Cassidy Tolle came off the bench and gave us a big lift in the game.”
Tolle scored three points. Horras finished with four rebounds and four points. Gwynne Wright led the Panthers in scoring with 20, which includes five three-pointers. Samantha Wright scored 14 points and Beth Atwood finished with 12.
The Panthers host Winfield-Mount Union tonight and then New London comes to town Saturday for the SEISC Shootout.