A six-game winning streak, now a four-game losing streak.
That’s the roller-coaster ride the Pekin girls basketball team has been on over the past 10 games, including a 59-45 loss Tuesday night to visiting Metamora.
The defeat in the Mid-Illini Conference game at Dawson Hawkins Gymnasium prevented Pekin (17-10, 7-6) from tying the team record for wins in a season.
The Lady Dragons will have yet another opportunity to equal the record Friday when they play host to Limestone in their regular-season and conference finale.
It will be Senior Night, the final home game for Sydney Diekhoff, Pekin’s all-time leading scorer, and fellow seniors Abbie Olsen, Haley Peterson and Bailey Tibbetts.
“Frustrating,” was Pekin coach Becky Fulkerson’s one-word description of her team’s loss to Metamora (9-17, 4-9).
“I sure hope we didn’t peak in January (during the winning streak),” Fulkerson said. “We’re not doing the things we did then. The good news is we know what we need to do correct our problems. All of that is in our control.”
Pekin has lost to conference rivals Morton, Canton and Metamora and non-conference foe East Moline United Township during its losing streak.
The Lady Dragons beat Canton (twice) and Metamora in earlier meetings this season.
“We know who Metamora’s shooters were, but they got their shots (Tuesday) and Metamora outrebounded us,” Fulkerson said. “That means they wanted to win more than we did.”
Diekhoff scored 15 points and Maddy Cash had 12 for Pekin before fouling out.
Reagan Begole led Metamora with 16 points and Abby Coates had 11.
Pekin led 35-34 after three quarters, but Metamora outscored the Lady Dragons 25-10 in the fourth quarter.
Metamora was 10-for-14 at the free throw line in the final eight minutes. Kari Lalumandier led the way with a 5-for-6 performance at the stripe in the quarter.
Pekin beat Limestone 52-47 when they met Jan. 10 at Vern Woosley Gymnasium. The win launched the six-game winning streak.
The Lady Dragons scored six points in seven seconds late in the game to erase a one-point Limestone lead.
A triple by Diekhoff followed by a steal of the inbounds pass and a three-point play by Cash did the quick damage, giving Pekin a 50-45 lead with 23.4 seconds left.
Limestone led by 12 points early in the second quarter but hurt itself by going 3-for-10 at the foul line during the night including missing the front end of two one-and-one situations in the game’s final minute.