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East Peoria Times-Courier - East Peoria, IL
  • Washington spree sinks Raiders

  • The Taylor McClintock Show hit East Peoria Nov. 26.

    The Raider girls basketball team did not particularly like the presentation at Allison Gymnasium.
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  • The Taylor McClintock Show hit East Peoria Nov. 26.
    The Raider girls basketball team did not particularly like the presentation at Allison Gymnasium.
    McClintock, who will play next season at Division I Mercer University, had 32 points in a 66-53 Illini Bluffs victory over the Raiders.
    Kylie Giebelhausen had 14 points to top East Peoria, which was tied at 28 at halftime.
    Michaela Reedy notched 13 points for the hosts.
    Raider Sarah Kurth added nine points, Ally Watson seven and Nicole Montgomery six.
    Washington 55, EP 40
    The Raiders had a chance Friday until a decisive Lady Panther run in the third quarter.
    Washington turned a three-point lead to 19 with a 17-1 spurt during which East Peoria went scoreless for six minutes in the Mid-Illini Conference matchup.
    Giebelhausen had nine of her team-high 13 points in the second quarter for the Raiders.
    Teammate Courtney Potendyk collected seven of her 11 points in the third period.
    "We're not getting out-talented. It's some of those hustle things," EPCHS head coach Jay Bowman said.
    During the Washington deluge, Bowman said the guests outrebounded and outhustled East Peoria (3-5, 0-1).
    The Raiders have experienced bad stretches nearly every game, even in victory.
    "We've got to get over it," said Bowman. "That's what happened again."
    Potendyk's two baskets represented the only East Peoria points of the first quarter as the Lady Panthers led 12-4 through eight minutes.
    Giebelhausen sparked the Raiders in the second period, including a 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer that got the hosts within 21-17.
    Washington (4-2, 1-0) was staked to its lead due to Jess Learned netting 13 of her game-high 25 points.
    Potendyk surprised the Lady Panther defense with a trey at the 7:25 mark of the third quarter to make it 23-20.
    The Lady Panthers, however, came back with 15 consecutive points in just 4 minutes, 49 seconds.
    Moments later, another bucket forged Washington's biggest lead of the night at 40-21.
    East Peoria crept back in the game with six unanswered points in the last 38 seconds of the third.
    Potendyk scored twice in a five-second segment before two free throws by Giebelhausen at 0:09.
    Nicole Montgomery had five of her eight points to open the fourth, but the Raiders traded baskets with the Lady Panthers, which kept the margin in double digits.
    "This is the best personnel they've had in some time," said Washington head coach Randy Marchand said of East Peoria. "They've got a nice team. They're going to win some games."
    Ally Watson's shot at 1:25 made it a 50-38 separation before a Giebelhausen lay-up off a turnover.
    Washington sank five of seven free throws in the last 48 seconds to put away the game.
    Page 2 of 2 - Lady Panther Maddie Lee also hurt East Peoria with 17 points, 13 of which came in the second half.
    "We had some good individual efforts tonight," Bowman said.
    The Raiders continue league Friday play vs. Metamora, which is coming off a 24-point home loss vs. Canton.

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