Raiders hoops team breaks through for home win

Bryan Veginski

The East Peoria girls basketball team won its first game under new head coach Khassandrae Brown.

The Raiders derailed Midwest Central Nov. 25, 43-38, as Rachel Hilton erupted for a team-high 20 points in Allison Gymnasium.

Ashley Emert added nine points for East Peoria, which was ahead 20-10 at halftime.

The visitors from Manito won the second half, 28-23, but it was not enough to prevent the Raiders from snapping a three-game season-opening losing skid.

Kayla Burks tallied seven points for East Peoria, which took a break from tournament play.

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The Raiders lost twice Saturday in Knoxville to complete the five-game event that covered three days.

East Peoria dropped its opener, 50-12, to Carthage Illini West.

Emert was the leader with five points. She was the only Raider with more than one basket.

Up 27-5 at halftime, IW outscored East Peoria 16-5 in the third quarter.

Knoxville used a 17-7 fourth-period margin in the second contest Saturday to overtake the Raiders, 48-39.

Hilton had 13 points to top East Peoria (1-5), which was in front 26-18 at the break.

Burks provided seven points and Eden Tornow and Remi Ferguson both scored six.

Emert chipped in five points against the Blue Bullets.

The previous week, the Raiders lost Galesburg tournament games to Galesburg, Peoria Christian and East Moline.