Looking on the bright side, it has to get better from here.

Looking on the bright side, it has to get better from here.

The East Peoria boys basketball team lost its home opener, 66-8, Saturday to Washington.

The Panthers, ranked No. 4 in the Illinois High School Association Class 3A state poll, led 40-0 at halftime.

While Washington opened its Mid-Illini Conference slate, East Peoria played its second league game.

The Raiders had four points each in the third and fourth quarters against undefeated Washington after no field goals and an 0-for-2 result at the free-throw line in the first half.

Sean Mulhern and Adam Sommer had the East Peoria (1-5, 0-2) baskets in the third period.

Benett Crim and Kieran Buckley connected on fourth-quarter shots.

Mason McCoy and Alec Peters were Panther co-leaders with 16 points. That was a season-high total for McCoy and a season-low mark for Peters.

Tucker Harlan also had 14 points for the guests.

Thirty-three of the Washington (5-0, 1-0) trio's 46 points were in the opening half.

The Raiders missed all eight foul shots on the night.

East Peoria has a Mid-Illini twin bill this weekend (Friday at Metamora, Saturday vs. Canton) before a 13-day layoff, which is due to the Limestone game being bumped up to late November.