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Warrior girls nip Pekin in Region 6

Feb 11, 2013

PACKWOOD — Van Buren weathered a cold shooting night and an upset-hungry Pekin squad to claim a come-from-behind 35-34 victory in the first round of Class 2A girls’ regional basketball Saturday in Packwood.

Pekin (10-12) grabbed a 23-20 lead after three, but Van Buren (17-5) saved its best for last and out-scored the rival Panthers 15-11 in the final eight minutes for the victory. The Warriors’ road to the state tournament continues with a trip to Pella Christian (16-5) Tuesday.

Senior Jordan Billups led the Warriors, who shot 14 of 48 from the field, with 11 points, five rebounds and three steals. Senior teammate Hanna Haynes was held to a modest nine-point total, but she dominated on the glass with 17 boards as well as five assists and six blocked shots.

Van Buren sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson scored nine points with three assists, and senior Payten Hughes finished with four points.

The Warriors led 9-6 after the first period but went into the half tied 13-all after scoring just four points in the second.

For Pekin, junior Samantha Wright scored 13 points and four steals, and freshman sister Gwynne Wright contributed 12 points and seven rebounds. Beth Atwood, a freshman, finished with eight points, six rebounds and five steals. Junior Jessica Horras hauled in six boards.

Pekin was able to nab 13 steals as a team, but the home team had no assists to show for its efforts.

Tip-off for Van Buren’s regional second round matchup at Pella Christian is 7 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Van Buren @ Pekin

VAN BUREN — 9 4 7 15 — 35

PEKIN — 6 7 10 11 — 34

 

VAN BUREN — Billups 4 1-3 11, Haynes 4 1-2 9, Johnson 3 0-0 9, Hughes 2 0-0 4, Filson 1 0-0 2, Atwood 0 0-0 0, Rider 0 0-2 0, Totals 14 2-7 35.

3-point goals — Johnson 3, Billups 2. Rebounds — Haynes 17, Billups 5, Hughes 3, Filson 3. Assists — Haynes 5, Johnson 3. Steals — Billups 3. Blocks — Haynes 6, Billups.

PEKIN — S. Wright 5 3-5 13, G. Wright 4 3-6 12, Atwood 2 4-4 8, Horras 0 1-2 1, Slaney 0 0-0 0, Cooley 0 0-0 0, Baker 0 0-0 0, Totals 11 11-17 34.

3-point goals — G. Wright. Rebounds — G. Wright 7, Horras 6, Atwood 6. Assists — none. Steals — Atwood 5, S. Wright 4, G. Wright 2. Blocks — none.

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