After a week off due to excessive winter weather, the PHS boys varsity basketball team completed the regular season schedule with a win at Highland and a loss to Monroe City.
The Panthers (12-8) earned some confidence going into this week’s district tournament with a 63-46 victory at Highland Friday.
Palmyra got out to a 12-4 lead and maintained their edge the rest of the way.
The game could be a preview of a possible district title-game match-up between the top-seeded Cougars and second-seeded Panthers.
Zane Meyers and Aaron Stamper led the Panthers with 16 points each.
Also scoring were Bear Bock, 12, Abe Haerr, eight, Adam Goodwin, four, Quade Plunkett, three, Alex Loman, two, and Laydin Lochman, two.
The Panthers finished conference play with a 5-2 record.
The Panthers finally returned to the court Thursday and scored their lowest point total for the season in a 29-52 loss at home to Monroe City.
The visitors jumped out to a 19-8 lead and went into half time up 32-18.
Palmyra scored just 11 more points in the game on four second half field goals and two free throws.
Only four players scored for Palmyra including Plunkett, 11, Stamper, nine, Meyers, five, and Bock, four.
The Panthers open Class 3, District 6 play in the semifinals Wednesday against the winner of Monday’s quarterfinal contest between Louisiana and Mark Twain.