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Pekin, Winfield-Mt. Union split

No. 11 (1A) Lady Wolves stay unbeaten, Panther boys roll

Pekin’s Brock Long eludes three Winfield-Mt. Union defenders for a layup in the first half of the boys game. (Andy Krutsinger/The Union)
Pekin’s Brock Long eludes three Winfield-Mt. Union defenders for a layup in the first half of the boys game. (Andy Krutsinger/The Union)
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WINFIELD — It was all chalk when the Winfield-Mt. Union and Pekin basketball teams met on Tuesday night. The No. 11 (1A) WMU girls stayed undefeated with a 52-37 win, and the Pekin boys won 59-49 for their eighth win in a row.

The Pekin girls stuck with the Wolves early. Kerrigan Pope and Erika Coleman each had eight points in the first half for the Panthers to lead all scorers. WMU, however, had six players find the scoresheet in the first half and the Wolves led 11-9 after one quarter and 27-20 at the half.

“They’ve got some good players, and they got real physical in there tonight,” said Wolves’ head coach Mitch Wachs. “But I was pleased that we just stayed patient.”

WMU pulled away in the third quarter. The Wolves outscored the Panthers 17-10 to take a 44-30 into the fourth quarter, and cruised in the fourth to pick up their 11th-straight victory.

The Wolves were led by Bradie Buffington, who scored 10 points on the night. Jobey Malone had nine points. Kynday Townsley scored eight. Keely Malone scored six on a couple of 3-point shots. Jami Wilkerson, Farrah Nelson and Keetyn Townsley scored five apiece, and Melina Oepping scored four.

Pope finished the night with 18 for Pekin. Coleman scored 10, and Sophie Wittrock had nine.

The Pekin boys put their foot on the gas pedal in the first half, and they didn’t let up. Brock Long scored 14 first-half points for the Panthers, who led 19-11 at the end of the first half and 38-16 at halftime. Pekin scored the last 12 points of the second quarter.

“That was huge,” said Pekin head coach John Swanson. “It ended up massive, because it we were flat in the second.”

WMU played Pekin much more evenly in the second half, but the Panthers never let the Wolves get back within single digits, partially due to a 14-point second half by Brady Millikin.

“I was a little disappointed in the second half with some turnovers and some rebounds we gave up,” Swanson said. “But I’m not going to complain about a 19-point win over a solid Winfield team.”

Millikin finished the night with 23 points to lead the team. Long had 17. Cael Lyle scored six. Luke Long had five. Colton Comstock scored four, and both Braden Sobaski and Chandler Stull scored two.

Abram Edwards scored 18 for the Wolves. Cam Buffington finished with eight. Bryce Wade had six. Jacob Kongable and Andrew Brown had three apiece, and Konnor Wade scored two.

The WMU girls are now 11-0 overall and 5-0 in the SEISC North. The Pekin girls are 5-7 overall and 2-3 in the conference. The Pekin boys are 10-1 overall and 8-1 in the North, and the WMU boys sit at 4-5 overall and 3-4 in conference play.