The PHS varsity girls basketball team got back on the winning course with conference victories over Clark County and South Shelby last week.
After losing their first Clarence Cannon Conference game to Macon the previous Friday, the Lady Panthers (16-2, 4-1 CCC) bounced back with a 63-58 win at Clark County Tuesday.
The Lady Indians led 17-14 after the first quarter, but Palmyra, led by a career offensive effort by senior, Bailey Lovelace charged ahead with leads of 34-30 at the half and 49-42 going into the fourth.
The Lady Panthers followed it up with a convincing 72-28 win at home over South Shelby Friday.
The Lady Birds came in fresh off of a big win over Monroe City and looked like they might stay with Palmyra when they took a 17-16 lead into the second quarter.
But, the Lady Panthers took over completely from there going on a 29-2 run the rest of the half, and continuing it into the second half with an early 10-0 run in the third quarter, eventually forcing a continuous clock.
“It was a little nerve wracking early, but after the first quarter we challenged the girls to step it up on defense, and after that, the defense turned into offense,” said Coach Chris Parsons.
A day after Friday’s offensive onslaught, the Lady Panthers scored their fewest points of the season in a 49-32 loss to Freeburg (Ill.) during the Quincy Notre Dame Shootout in Quincy, Ill.
Freeburg held Palmyra to three field goals in the first quarter and 12 points for the half while getting out to an insurmountable 20-point lead.
See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.