The Canton-East Peoria girls basketball game Jan. 22 basically was a toss-up — except for the first quarter.
The Lady Giants left Allison Gymnasium with a 46-41 Mid-Illini Conference victory after attaining a 13-7 lead through eight minutes.
Raider Kylie Giebelhausen topped all scorers with 14 points, making 9-of-12 free throws.
Michaela Reedy had nine points and Courtney Potendyk seven for East Peoria.
The Raiders and Canton tied in the second (12-12) and fourth quarters (14-14), while East Peoria won the third, 8-7.
Michaela Kumer and Kelsie Fletcher had 12 points apiece to help the Lady Giants complete the M-I sweep.
Limestone 57, EP 36
The Rockets salvaged a split of the regular-season series with the Raiders Friday.
East Peoria (10-14, 3-8) lost its sixth conference game in a row as Limestone dominated the fourth quarter, 21-5.
Giebelhausen hit four 3-pointers to account for a team-high 13 points.
Reedy tallied nine points, and Kurth and Montgomery managed five each at home.
The Raiders were down just 36-31 after three periods before a decisive finish by the Rockets
East Peoria fell two games behind Limestone for fifth place in the league.
McKenna Weaver’s strong recent play continued as she had 17 points for the Rockets, who won for the eighth time in their last 11 games.
Postseason: East Peoria is a No. 4 seed in its own Class 3A regional.
The Raiders will face fifth-seeded Notre Dame at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 in the quarterfinals.
The winner will advance to meet No. 1 seed Canton at 6 p.m. Feb. 12.
The rest of the regional field consists of: (2) Limestone; (3) Manual; and (6) Central.
The regional final is set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14.