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Wright stuff: Pekin edges Columbus on sisters’ play

Dec 05, 2012

PACKWOOD — Not even an 8-0 hole could derail the Pekin girls’ basketball team Tuesday against Columbus.

Despite going scoreless in the game’s first four minutes, the Panthers rallied back behind the combined efforts of sisters Gwynne and Samantha Wright and held on for a 54-49 victory in Packwood.

Freshman Gwynne scored a team-high 16 points and older sister Samantha netted 15 to lead the Panthers to their second win in a row and third victory overall this winter.

In the first quarter, the Panthers pulled within two with a minute to go, then closed out the quarter with six straight points for a 14-10 advantage. Pekin continued to build onto its lead in the second quarter, going up 24-15 midway through the period and leading 31-21 at the intermission.

Columbus came out firing in the second half and came within one, 36-35, but Pekin outscored the Wildcats 5-2 in the third quarter’s final two minutes. Columbus would never come closer than three points again as Pekin scored another 13 points in the final quarter.

Also for Pekin, junior Jessica Horras scored 12 points and sophomore McKenna Gambell had six points with nine boards. Leslie Stone, a senior, scored three points along with 11 rebounds, and senior Monica Cooley tacked on two points.

Caitlyn Chaney led Columbus, which fell for the fourth straight game after winning its opener, with 16 points.

The Panthers (3-2) will be back on the road Friday with a trip to Louisa-Muscatine.

 

Pekin vs. Columbus

COLUMBUS — 10 11 16 12 — 49

PEKIN — 14 17 10 13 — 54

 

PEKIN — G. Wright 5 4-7 16, S. Wright 5 2-2 15, Horras 6 0-0 12, Gambell 3 0-0 6, Stone 1 1-3 3, Cooley 1 0-0 2, Baker 0 0-2 0. Totals — 21 7-14 54.

3-point goals — S. Wright 3, G. Wright 2. Rebounds — Stone 11, Gambell 9, Horras 7. Assists — S. Wright 3, Stone 2, Gambell 2, Baker 2, G. Wright 2. Steals — G. Wright 3, Stone 2.

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