by Mark Cheffey
The PHS varsity girls bounced back for a third-place finish at the Monroe City Tournament.
After losing by 23 points to South Shelby in the semifinals the day before, the Palmyra (2-1) got out to a strong start and finished strong for a 50-41 win over Mark Twain Friday.
The Lady Panthers lead 13-8 early before the Lady Tigers trimmed the edge to one by the half.
However, Palmyra out-scored Mark Twain 30-22 the rest of the way behind two freshman.
Taytum White came off the bench to score 12 of her game-high 18 points in the second half, hitting five field goals, including a three-pointer, and hitting seven of her 11 free throws.
Meanwhile, Candra King also sank five field goals including a three-pointer, while collecting 11 points.
Also scoring for Palmyra were Rylie McKinney, seven, Mallory Sublette, five, Abbey Redd, five, and Ashley Bode, four.
South Shelby went on to lose to Monroe City, 59-50, in Saturday’s championship game.
The Lady Panthers barely survived the opening round of the tournament, coming back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to get by sixth-seeded Paris, 48-46, last Tuesday.
Trailing 28-15 at the half, Palmyra trimmed Paris’ lead by five in the third quarter before out-scoring their opponents 19-9 the rest of the way for the win.
Jansen Juette keyed the third quarter rally with eight points, while Abby Redd stepped up with eight of her team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Other Palmyra scoring came from Juette, 13, Rylie McKinney, six, Mallory Sublette, four, Candra King, three, Grace Krigbaum, three, Maura Gottman, two, Mason Lake, two, and Taytum White, one.
The Lady Panthers did not have any comeback magic in their 58-33 loss to South Shelby, Thursday.
Palmyra eight field goals and 19 points in the first three quarters, while the Lady Birds jumped out to an 23-5 lead and a 28-point edge going into the final quarter.
Scoring for Palmyra were Redd, six, McKinney, six, White, five, King, five, Lake, four, Sublette, three, Gottman, two, and Ashley Bode, two.
This week, the Lady Panthers are set to travel to Mark Twain, Thursday, for the game originally scheduled for Dec. 1.