Dunlap did not relent after obtaining a 12-point halftime lead Dec. 21.

Dunlap did not relent after obtaining a 12-point halftime lead Dec. 21.

The Eagles handed East Peoria a 54-37 Mid-Illini Conference defeat as three players were in double figures at Allison Gymnasium.

The Raiders fell to 3-3 in the league, while the Eagles gained just their second M-I victory in six tries.

Courtney Potendyk was the lone East Peoria player to reach double figures. She had all of her 10 points over the final three quarters.

Kyle Giebelhausen and Michaela Reedy had seven points and Sarah Kurth tallied six.

Already up 28-16 at intermission, Dunlap outscored the Raiders 15-9 in the third period.

Brianna Henson’s 15 points topped all scorers.

East Peoria resumes conference action Tuesday at first-place Morton.

Manual Holiday Tournament
The Raiders performed well Thursday as play in the 34th annual tournament commenced.

East Peoria (8-7) won twice to earn a spot in the championship bracket.

It was a banner day for the Mid-Illini as all three teams entered went 2-0.

The Raiders began by holding off Lincoln, which delivered a better-than-expected in a 51-43 final in the complex gym.

Four East Peoria players — Giebelhausen, Montgomery, Reedy and Kurth — all reached double digits.

Giebelhausen led all participants with 14 points.

Nicole Montgomery had 12 points, Reedy 11 and Kurth canned two 3-pointers to register 10.

Up by two points early in the third quarter, the Raiders slowly expanded their advantage.

Alyssa Stephenson’s 12 points guided the Lady Railers.

East Peoria clubbed former Manual powerhouse East St. Louis later Thursday, 43-21.

Although no Raider was in double figures, seven had at least four points.

Giebelhausen, Reedy and Ciera Montgomery had eight points each to pace East Peoria, which won for the fourth time in its last five games.

Kurth had six points, Nicole Montgomery five and Ally Watson and Potendyk four.

Dynomm Johnson’s 10 points led the Flyerettes.

More tournament action: East Peoria finished third in the championship bracket after a Friday loss to Washington and a Saturday victory over Manual.

Check back at this website and see the Jan. 9 edition of the East Peoria Times-Courier for a tournament recap.