The Washington girls basketball team quickly put away East Peoria Dec. 28.
The Lady Panthers led 19-5 after one quarter en route to a 50-21 victory in the semifinals of the Manual Holiday Tournament.
Michaela Reedy, with seven points, was the only Raider with more than three in the squad’s second loss to Washington this season.
The Lady Panthers made eight 3-pointers, including six by Hayley Reneau, who torched East Peoria for a game-high 24 points.
The Raiders did not have more than seven points in any period.
Three of the four Manual semifinalists were Mid-Illini Conference members.
EP 48, Manual 40
The Raiders rebounded nicely Dec. 29 to garner third place in the tournament.
East Peoria (9-8) won for the fifth time in its last seven games after outscoring the host Rams 39-26 over the last three quarters.
Reedy remained the Raiders’ offensive leader with 13 points.
Kylie Giebelhausen, with a pair of treys, also reached double figures with 10 points.
Nicole Montgomery had eight points, and Courtney Potendyk and Ciera Montgomery six apiece.
Chassidy Lewis led Manual with a game-best 14 points.
The Raiders play the Rams again Thursday, also in Peoria.
Limestone derailed Washington, 32-31, in the title contest to complete a 10-2 tournament mark for the league.
Giebelhausen was named to the 10-player all-tournament team.
East Peoria now is 16-13 since 2006 at Manual.
Conference play restarts: The fourth-place Raiders were scheduled to play their first M-I game in 18 days when they visited league-leading Morton Tuesday.
It was a big night in the league race as Canton and Washington, in second and third place, respectively, collided at Torry Gymnasium.
On Saturday afternoon, East Peoria begins the second round of conference play with a game at Washington.