Opposite ends of the basketball spectrum were on display Friday night at Pekin's Dawson Hawkins Gymnasium.
"That's the best 32 minutes we've played this season," said first-year Washington coach Kim Holdenrid after her team defeated Pekin 56-43 in a Mid-Illini Conference girls basketball game.
"It was great to see us put four quarters together and make shots we haven't been making all season," Holdenrid said. "We played great at both ends of the court. Our defense was really good. Now we need to continue doing that. We're not satisfied."
Pekin coach Becky Fulkerson had a different view of the game.
"Washington came out with fire and energy and they outhustled us, outrebounded us and outworked us. They 'out-everythinged' us and that's the bottom line," she said.
"We were doing things we don't do in practice. We were standing around too much on offense, taking off-balance shots, not communicating on defense ... If you don't show up ready to play, it's difficult to win."
It was the first conference win of the season for the young Lady Panthers (5-7, 1-4), who had three sophomores in their starting lineup including 5-foot-8 guard-forward Anne Peters, who poured in a game-high 23 points including 5-for-10 on 3-pointers.
Peters is the sister of former Washington basketball star Alec Peters, now a standout at Valparaiso University, the second-leading scorer in the country and a probable NBA draft choice this summer.
"Anne just worked her way into our starting lineup," Holdenrid said. "We put her in there at the Manual tournament over the holidays because our senior point guard (Lauren Ely) was out with a concussion and she's played well. Her shots are falling."
Peters had 22 points in a win over Peoria Notre Dame at Manual. That was her career high until Friday.
Sophomore Sierra Sonnemaker contributed 12 points to Washington's win over Pekin (11-6, 3-3) including eight in the third quarter, when the Lady Dragons cut a game-long deficit to two points on a pair of occasions.
Lily Harlan had eight points and Josie Morgan had six points for the Lady Panthers.
Pekin star Sydney Diekhoff had to work hard for her 13 points. Maddy Cash had nine points for the Lady Dragons, Bailey Tibbetts had eight and Abbie Olsen had seven.
"We just aren't consistent," Fulkerson said. "We either play well, or we don't play well at all."
Washington led Pekin from start to finish, although the game was tied twice in the first quarter.
Peters had 13 points in the first half (10 in the opening quarter), helping the Lady Panthers grab a 26-21 halftime advantage.
A triple by Diekhoff and a three-point play by Cash cut Washington's lead to 26-24 and 29-27 early in the third quarter, but the 5-10 Sonnemaker's work inside gave the Lady Panthers a comfortable 42-31 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Pekin didn't come closer than nine points in the final quarter.
Washington shot 47 percent from the field (23-for-49) to Pekin's 34 percent (17-for-49). The Lady Panthers were 6-for-13 on 3-pointers while the Lady Dragons were a chilly 3-for-18 from behind the arc.
Pekin will hit the road Saturday to compete in the ninth annual Illinois-Iowa Shooutout. The Lady Dragons will face Davenport (Iowa) Central at 11:45 a.m. at Augustana College in Rock Island.
Washington is off until Tuesday, when it will host conference foe and two-time defending Class 3A state champion Morton.