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Panthers fall to Macon in third place game

The PHS varsity boys basketball team went 1-2 during last week’s Highland Tournament and fell to Macon, 50-46, in the fourth-place game Friday night.

It was a perfectly matched game until the fourth quarter when the Tigers won it with a 17-13 game-ending run.

Palmyra’s Zane Meyers drives to the basket against Macon.

Scoring for Palmyra (5-4) were Aaron Stamper, 10, Zane Meyers, nine, Quade Plunkett, nine, Abe Haerr, eight, Adam Goodwin, five, Laydin Lochman, three, and Bear Bock, two.

The Panthers had to settle for the third place game after  a tough 49-48 loss to the host team in the semifinals Thursday.

Trailing by six at the half, Palmyra went on a 15-7 third-quarter run only to have the game slip away down the stretch.

Palmyra had balanced scoring including Meyers, 11, Haerr, 10, Aaron Stamper, nine, Adam Goodwin, eight, Lochman, six, Bock, two, and Bennett Stice, two.

The Panthers cruised to victory in the quarterfinals, topping eighth-seeded Scotland County 63-24 Tuesday.

Palmyra jumped out to an 18-4 lead and went into halftime 37-10.

Aaron Stamper sank three treys and led all scorers with 23 points,

Also scoring were AHaerr, 13, Lochman, nine, Bennett Stice, four, Adam Goodwin, four, Quade Plunkett, four, Bock, two, Brenden Shannon, two, and Alex Loman, two.

This week, the Panthers are scheduled to host Knox County, Tuesday, and Centralia, Friday.

Districts at home

The Panthers learned last week they won’t have to travel come district tournament time.

Palmyra will host Class 3, District 6 which will also include Clark County, Elsberry, Highland, Louisiana and Mark Twain.

Monroe City,  which has traditionally been in the same district, is in Class 3, District 7.