Pekin was the lone girls? team we cover here at The Ledger that won Tuesday night, collecting their eighth victory in a row with a 51-44 win at Iowa Mennonite in Kalona.
The Panthers led by just a point after the first period, 11-10, before boosting their lead a bit with a 15-9 advantage in the second eight minutes that left the score 26-19 at the half. Although Pekin outscored IMS 14-7 in the third period to take a commanding 40-26 into the final quarter, Kalona came alive for 18 points while only allowing 11, bringing the total tally to 51-44 in favor of Head Coach Davis Eidahl and his 10-1 Lady Panthers.
Next up is three straight home games, beginning with 5-5 Louisa-Muscatine whom the Panthers beat 57-25 to start the season back on Nov. 21 in Letts. After that games get serious with 9-0 Mediapolis coming to town after already beating Pekin by 17 on Dec. 1 in their home gym. 8-1 Sigourney visits on Saturday Jan. 13, giving the Panthers a real good idea of where they stand not only in the conference, but in the region.
Van Buren fell behind Central Lee early Tuesday night before falling 62-44 to the visitors from Donnellson. The first quarter went to the Hawks 12-8, and it didn?t get any easier for Head Coach Matt Zietler and his squad as they surrendered 18 points in the second and another 22 in the third while only scoring nine and 14 points themselves, respectively. That sent the previously 8-1 Warriors to the fourth quarter, trailing 52-31. Although Van Buren outscored the Hawks 13-10 over the last eight minutes, it was far from enough to mount a comeback.
Next for the Warriors is a road trip to 7-3 Danville this Friday with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m.
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