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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 21, 2014

Pekin takes Friday sweep of Wapello

By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Jan 21, 2014

The wins keep piling up for the Pekin basketball program.

Wapello traveled to Packwood Friday, but failed to pick up road wins as both the Pekin boys’ and girls’ teams won again.

The Pekin girls got the night started with a 60-49 victory. Beth Atwood continued to score in bunches, amassing 24 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. Atwood is averaging 19 points per game, which is second in the SEISC-North. To go along with her impressive scoring, she also led the Panthers with 12 rebounds, seven steals and two blocks against the Indians (6-8).

“Wapello came to play and played well against us,” Pekin coach Davis Eidahl said. “In many situations we were a step slow. We did play well overall, and when you can win by over 10 you can’t complain.”

Gwynne Wright scored 17 points and her sister Samantha Wright scored eight. Jessica Horras chipped in six points. Aubrey Melvin led Wapello with 16 points.

Pekin is now 10-2 on the season and has three games this week. It starts with a road trip tonight to Columbus Junction (3-10). Games against rival Cardinal (5-7) and conference foe Louisa-Muscatine (0-12) come on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

The boys’ team followed up the girls’ win with a 77-36 domination of the Indians. Keaton Winn came off the bench and supplied a team high 18 points. Cade Millikin scored 15 points. Brody Long tallied 13 points and brought down 12 rebounds.

“A plus 24 rebounding edge, coupled with great point defense allowed us to get a comfortable lead and not look back,” said Pekin boys’ coach Ken Hutchinson.

Pekin led Wapello (2-10) by 25 points at halftime and never looked back. The Panthers have now won 10 games in a row after losing the first game of the season. They lead IMS by one game in the loss column, putting them in first place in the SEISC-North.

“We’re on a roll but we must stay focused on improving each and every game and practice,” Hutchinson said.

Pekin travels to Columbus Junction (3-10) tonight before playing Cardinal (5-6) and Louisa-Muscatine (4-6) later this week.

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