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The PHS varsity girls basketball team met their match in the championship game of the Monroe City Tournament Saturday, losing for the first time this season, 58-46, to South Shelby.
The second-seeded Lady Panthers got out to a decent start before the top-seeded Lady Cardinals went on a 17-0 run which proved to be fatal for Palmyra.
South Shelby went into half time up 32-17, and Palmyra was only able to trim the deficit by three the rest of the way.
Sophomore Candra King led Palmyra’s lowest offensive output so far this season with 18 points.
Also scoring were Clair Williams, nine, Jansen Juette, eight, Sydney Compton, six, Abbey Redd, three, and Taytum White, two.
Miranda Patterson led all scorers with 24 points for South Shelby.
The Lady Panthers advanced to the title game with a 59-48 victory over cross-county rival Marion County in a match-up of 4-0 teams.
King powered a first-half lead for Palmyra with 13 first-half points on six field goals that included a three-pointer.
Palmyra went into half time with a 29-21 lead and pumped it up early in the third quarter, thanks to some pressure defense that forced some Lady Mustang turnovers, many of which were turned into easy points.
Still, the Lady Panthers could not put Marion County away and went into the final period with just a 10-point lead.
King ended up leading Palmyra with 21 points with Williams sinking three three-pointers and adding 17 points.
Redd came off the bench to score nine second-half points, while Juette added seven and Compton, five.
The Lady Panthers opened tournament play with a 53-13 win over seventh-seeded Paris Tuesday.
Palmyra held Paris to just four field goals for the entire game, while Coach Alex Brandenburg was able to give all of his nine players floor action with eight contributing points.
White sank the team’s lone two three-pointers and scored a team high 13 points.
Also scoring were Compton, 10, Juette, seven, Loman, six, King, six, Ashley Bode, four, Redd, four, and Bella McBride, three.
The Lady Panthers cross the river this week to take on Quincy Notre Dame, Tuesday, and Unity, Friday.
The finish 2021 by hosting Louisiana, Dec. 20.
11/23 at Els. W 50-17, 1-0
11/30 M.T. W 67-28, 2-0
12/3 Can. W 63-44, 3-0
12/6-11 M.C. Tourney
12/7 Par. W 53-13, 4-0
12/9 M.Co. W 59-48, 5-0
12/11 S.S. L 46-58, 5-1
12/14 at QND
12/17 at Unity (Ill.)
1/3-8 Highland Tourn.
1/11 at North Port
1/14 at Centralia 6 p.m.
1/17-22 Lenzini Tourn.
1/25 at Brookfield
2/1 at Clark County
2/4 South Shelby
2/8 at Monroe City
2/10 Bowling Green
2/15 at Hannibal 6 p.m.
2/18 Highland 6 p.m.
South Shelby (1) 58, Palmyra (2) 46
Highland (4) vs. Marion County (3) 66, Highland (4) 40
South Shelby (1) 61, Highland (4) 30
Palmyra (2) 59, Marion County (3) 48
Mark Twain (6) 37, Monroe City (5) 28
Monroe City (5) 60, Louisiana (8) 23
Mark Twain (6) 48, Paris (7) 26
South Shelby (1) 65, Louisiana (8) 19
Highland (4) 52, Monroe City (5) 13
Palmyra (2) 53, Paris (7) 13
Marion County (3) 51, MarkTwain (6) 38