The NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers have their “Killer B’s.” The Pekin girls basketball team has its “3M’s.”
Maddy Cash, Molly Flannigan and Megan Nelson combined for 40 points Tuesday night in the Dragons’ 64-21 win at East Peoria in a Mid-Illini Conference game.
Cash scored 18 points, Flannigan had 12 and Nelson had 10. Flannigan and Nelson each had a trio of triples.
Taylor Goss contributed nine points and Jenna Taphorn seven points to the Dragons’ balanced attack. Seven of nine Pekin players got into the scorebook.
“Molly (Flannigan) is having a good season,” said Dragons coach Becky Fulkerson. “It’s her senior year, and she’s enjoying it. She’s overcome the barriers she’s needed to overcome.”
Pekin (5-4, 1-2) held East Peoria scoreless in the third quarter after building a 32-9 lead at halftime. It was 49-9 heading into the fourth quarter.
“We communicated well and were on the same page defensively,” Fulkerson said. “We also did a good job boxing out and rebounding.”
Offensively, “we were more disciplined and patient than we have been,” Fulkerson said. “We worked the ball around and looked for a good shot.”
Several of Pekin’s younger players saw extensive action in the fourth quarter.
“It was good for them to get some game experience, and for our regular players to get some rest,” Fulkerson said.
Rest was important because the Dragons will need to be at the top of their game Saturday night when they travel to the Potterdome to face three-time defending Class 3A state champion Morton (8-1, 3-0) in a Mid-Illini game. The Potters are ranked No. 2 in Class 3A.
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