The East Peoria girls basketball team was much-more competitive against Springfield than in its last two tries.
The Raiders lost, 61-45, to the Senators Nov. 13 at Metamora on the opening night of the Galesburg Thanksgiving Tournament.
East Peoria's Kylie Giebelhausen drained a trio of 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 18 points.
Michaela Reedy chipped in eight points for the Raiders, who trailed only 36-34 combined in the first and third quarters.
Springfield has won four straight Class 3A state trophies.
Ciera Montgomery netted six points for East Peoria and Ally Watson five.
The Raiders needed to address free-throw shooting after missing 12 of their 18 attempts.
In 2010, East Peoria fell, 56-18 against Springfield. Last year, the Senators prevailed, 75-20.
Galesburg 64, EP 46
Three Raiders had at least eight points, but the team lost to the host Silver Streaks Thursday as tournament play continued.
Giebelhausen again was the East Peoria leader with 12 points.
Sarah Kurth added nine points and Montgomery eight.
Galesburg was ahead 20-11 after one period and added to its lead in the second half.
On the same night, Springfield destroyed Mid-Illini Conference rival Dunlap, 64-25.
EP 48, Decatur Eisenhower 31; EP 59, LeRoy 31
The Raiders evened their season mark Saturday with a couple convincing wins in Galesburg.
Giebelhausen torched Eisenhower for a game-high 22 points, including four long-range baskets.
A 17-4 margin in the second quarter put East Peoria in front, 29-12, at the halfway point.
Reedy collected seven points and Nicole Montgomery produced five for the Raiders.
East Peoria (2-2), strengthened by 17-5 and 23-8 advantages in the first and third periods, respectively, slammed LeRoy in the nightcap.
An assortment of players provided a boost for the Raiders against another set of Panthers.
In a breakout game, Courtney Potendyk led the victors with 15 points, one more than Giebelhausen.
Kurth, Turner MacPhee and Watson all had between seven and nine points for East Peoria.
After missing 6-of-7 free throws in the Saturday morning opener, the Raiders sank 7-of-9 vs. LeRoy.
East Peoria concludes the five-game Galesburg tournament with a Saturday afternoon matchup against Carthage Illini West at Lombard Middle School.
Prior to the tilt with Illini West, the girls were scheduled to open their 2012-13 home schedule Tuesday vs. Midwest Central.