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Neighbors Growing Together | Jun 24, 2018

Pekin blows out Wildcats

By Justin Webster | Dec 18, 2017
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger Photo Pekin junior Haley Gambell takes no prisoners in the paint as she fights for a loose ball at Columbus Junction Friday night. The Panthers beat the Wildcats 54-23 in SEISC play.

So far this season, other than the first and last eight minutes of their game at Mediapolis, the Pekin girls’ basketball squad has skipped along their weak SEISC schedule to a 8-1 start, including a 31-point “game” Friday night at Columbus Junction.

The Panthers led 13-5 after one quarter, and as if that weren’t enough, Coach Eidahl and the Gambell cousins extended that lead to 33-9 at the half.

The Wildcats did outscore a half asleep Pekin team in the third quarter, but as senior Maci Gambell politely puts it, it’s no fun being this much better than your competition.

“Defense was real good, offense is slow at times, so I think that’s maybe where we get bored because it’s definitely not as fun to play teams you beat by 30 points, compared to a close exciting game.” She humbley continued, “I think that’s where sometimes we get bored with the competition level, but I think within ourselves we need to find focus and still be able to compete at our highest level, even when the competition isn’t as high.”

The Panthers and Wildcats returned to form in the fourth quarter when Pekin outscored Columbus Junction 17-4 in the final period to end the game with a score of 54-23.

Ms. Maci totaled 24 points, four rebounds and nine steals, while junior Zoey Wright hit double-figures as well with 14 points, three assists and three steals.

Tuesday should be slightly more exciting for 8-1 Pekin, as the 5-4 Winfield-Mt. Union Wolves travel to the airstrip for a 6 p.m. showdown with the Lady Panthers.

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