Prep basketball: Pekin wins, Fairfield to face Mount Pleasant
Pekin girls, boys defeat Wapello
The Pekin girls’ basketball team traveled Thursday to Wapello and earned a victory by the score of 47-29.
Beth Atwood led the Panthers with 21 points. Sloan Reighard put in 13 and Samantha Wright scored seven.
Jessica Horras and Madelyn Baker each were not able to play, so Pekin coach Davis Eidahl had to shakeup his lineup a bit.
“I give our bench a great deal of credit,” Eidahl said. “They stepped up and contributed greatly.”
The Panthers host Columbus today.
The Pekin boys’ defeated Wapello 55-48.
Cade Millikin led Pekin with 19 points and contributed on the defensive end with two steals.
Brody Long scored eight points and caught 15 rebounds. Jared Bond scored 11 points and got six rebounds.
Trojans face off against Panthers
The girls’ will hit the road today to play Mount Pleasant, while the boys will host the Panthers.
The last time the two girls’ squads got together, Fairfield beat Mount Pleasant in the first round of districts. Fairfield was not as lucky in the two regular season games the two teams played, losing 54-33 and 68-38.
Mount Pleasant is currently ranked No. 12 in Class 4A. Guard Taryne Shull has already been recruited by St. Bonaventure to play basketball collegiately. Kelsi Phipps, one of the best Panthers, has been hurt and her stautus for tonight’s game is uncertain.
Fairfield will keep the same starting lineup of Sami Fritz, Mackenzie Flattery, Hanna Greiner, McKenna Ledger and Marisa Repp. Taylor Ferrel, Mackenzie McClure, Karley Williams, Erica Winslow and Mikaela Lunsford will all be mixed in with the rotation.
“We hope to pressure them at both ends of the floor, contain Shull, and make our high percentage shots that we are doing a great job of creating,” Fairfield coach Mick Flattery said.
As for the boys, the Panthers have lost plenty of firepower from last year’s team. Trey Magnani and Zach Mulford will be the two players the Trojans will be keying on.
Senior Matt Carr will return to the starting lineup for Fairfield after a bum ankle kept him out of it. Carr scored 13 points against Oskaloosa off the bench.
“I thought we had three really good days of practice,” coach Tyler Miklo said. “We are hoping to see that translate to the court. We want to be better on the defensive boards and do a better job of communicating defensively.
“They are a very solid program that has built up a lot of tradition. They are at where we are trying to go as a program.”