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The PHS varsity boys basketball team had to settle for fourth place in the Monroe City Tournament after falling to Louisiana, 58-40, in the third-place game Friday.
The Panthers (3-3) fell behind early 17-7, and then the Bulldogs went on a 22-5 run to build a commanding 14-point halftime edge.
Palmyra could not gain any traction against Louisiana in the second half as well.
Scoring for Palmyra were Carson Hicks, 11, Alex Loman, nine, Jimmy Scott, seven, Bear Bock, six, Brayden Shannon, three, Tyler Banta, three, and Adam Goodwin, two.
Bock made both of the team’s two free throw attempts in the game.
Palmyra scored the fewest points this season, but still came close to pulling off the upset of the tournament in a 42-39 loss to the top-seeded host squad.
It was the usual physical, emotional and defense dominated game between the two rivals with Monroe City getting out to a 15-8 lead.
But Palmyra fought back and outscored Monroe City, 23-14, to take a three-point edge into the final period.
Palmyra got two big three-pointers from Bock and Scott, but Monroe City sank four field goals and five of eight free throws to advance to Saturday’s title game.
Bock ended up sinking six of the team’s 14 field goals in scoring a game-high 14 points.
Also scoring were Loman, eight, Mason Roberts, four, Goodwin, four, Hicks, four, Scott, three, and Bronson Juette, two.
Palmyra’s winless streak against Monroe City has now reached 14 games dating back to Dec. 9, 2017, when Palmyra beat Monroe for the Monroe City Tournament championship.
Monroe City went on to win the title for the fourth year in a row and sixth out of the last seven years.
The Panthers used a strong first half to overpower fifth-seeded South Shelby in the quarterfinals Tuesday.
Palmyra got out to a 17-12 lead and went on a 16-6 run to go into halftime up 33-18.
Laydin Lochman scored 11 of his team-high 13 points during the first-half surge, while Bock put in eight of his 12 total points during the early run.
Also scoring were Loman, seven, Goodwin, six, Shannon, five, Hicks, four, and Banta, one.
This week, the Panthers venture across the river to take on Quincy Notre Dame, Tuesday, and Unity, Friday.
They then finish the 2021 portion of their schedule by hosting Louisiana, Dec. 20.
11/23 at Els. L 40-48, 0-1
11/30 M.T. W 72-48, 1-1
12/3 Can. W 55-48, 2-1
12/6-11 M.C. Tournament
12/7 S.S. W 48-38 3-1
12/9 MC L 39-42, 3-2
12/10 Lou L 40-58, 3-3
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.
Monroe City (1) 77, Highland (2) 36
Louisiana (3) 58,Palmyra (4), 40
Monroe City (1) 42, Palmyra (4) 39
Highland (2) 70, Louisiana (3) 56
South Shelby (5) 54, Mark Twain (6) 47
South Shelby 70, Marion County 40
Mark Twain (6) 68, Paris (7) 61
Monroe City (1) 80, Marion County (8) 16
Palmyra (4) 48, South Shelby (5) 38
Highland (2) 67, Paris (7) 39
Louisiana (3) 72, Mark Twain (6) 39