Okoboji Girls Basketball Advances To Semifinals
Okoboji's all-senior lineup did just what a coach expects from a veteran group. When things got tough, the Pioneers kept their cool and came through with a comeback victory.
Fifth-ranked Okoboji rallied from 14 points down in the second half and used steady free throw shooting at the end to beat No. 4 Pekin 48-44 in the Class 2A quarterfinals.
A 17-1 run gave Okoboji its first lead at 29-27 late in the third quarter, and the Pioneers went ahead to stay when Shaelyn Adams hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to make it 38-35
Their lead grew to six before Pekin rattled off five quick points to draw to 43-42 with 1:09 to play. Megan Peschong than sank four straight free throws and Brenna McCabe added one to finish it off.
Molly Mitchell Okoboji with 19 points and nine rebounds. Peschong went 8-for-8 at the line in the final 1:23 and finished with 14 points, while Emily Wintz added eight for the Pioneers, who made it to state for the first time.
Beth Atwood led Pekin with 12 points and 12 rebounds and Cassidy Tolle scored 10.
Pekin controlled the first half with its sticky defense and led 26-12 after Gwynne Wright's 3-pointer at the 5:53 mark in the third quarter. But the Lady Panthers went more than 5 1/2 minutes before getting another basket and Okoboji stormed back.
Okoboji takes a 24-1 record into a semifinal game against top-ranked Western Christian at 1:30 p.m. Thursday March 3rd on Q 102. Pekin finishes 24-2.