DONNELLSON — Mya Merschman scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and the 13th-ranked (Class 3A) Central Lee High School girls basketball team handed No. 8 (2A) Van Buren its first loss of the season in a 54-49 SEI Superconference South Division contest.

Taryn Scheuermann scored 16 points, had nine rebounds and four blocked shots for the Warriors (4-1, 3-1 division), who were just 4 of 24 from 3-point range. Isabel Manning scored a game-high 21 points for Van Buren.

The Warriors trailed by eight at halftime, and 39-36 going to the fourth quarter.

Van Buren hosts Danville Friday.

Highland 48, Pekin 47

RIVERSIDE — Alyson Stokes scored a game-high 22 points, and the Huskies rallied from a six-point deficit with four minutes to go to edge the Panthers in a SEI Superconference North Division game.

Zoey Wright scored 14 points and had seven assists for Pekin (3-1, 3-1 division), while Haley Gambell had 10 points and eight rebounds. The Panthers were just 7 of 22 from the foul line, where the game was won in the fourth quarter.

Pekin led by seven at halftime, but couldn't put away Highland in the second half. The Panthers play their home opener against Iowa Mennonite School Friday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Van Buren 70, Central Lee 66

DONNELLSON — Mason McDonough scored 27 points to lead the Warriors to a SEI Superconference South Division road win.

Caleb Johnson and JT Metcalf scored 14 and 10 points, respectively, for Van Buren (2-1, 2-1 division).

The Warriors host Danville Friday.

Highland 61, Pekin 50

RIVERSIDE — Cameron Millikin scored 14 points and led three players in double figures for the Panthers, but the Huskies won a SEI Superconference North Division contest.

Caleb Comstock added 12 points and Kennan Winn had 11 points for Pekin (2-1, 2-1 division).

Pekin hosts Iowa Mennonite School Friday.

WACO 67, Cardinal 42

ELDON — The Warriors opened up a 31-point halftime lead on their way to a South Division rout.

Griffin Greiner scored 18 points for Cardinal (0-4, 0-3 division).

Nik Coble scored 17 points, leading three WACO players in double figures.

PREP BOWLING

Chiefs sweep Trojans

KEOKUK — Drake Rippey shot a 397 series, and the Fairfield boys made up ground in the Baker games, but couldn't overtake Keokuk as the Chiefs pulled out a 2,893-2,717 Southeast Conference win at Arrowhead Bowl.

Giuseppi Smith had a 367 series, including a 208 in his second game. Keokuk had four bowlers shoot series over 400 in the individual games.

The Keokuk girls cruised to a 2,344-1,681 win over Fairfield. Nellie Higdon had a 278 series to lead the Trojans.

Fairfield hosts Mount Pleasant Dec. 15.

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