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The PHS varsity girls basketball team made a valiant comeback but it could not make up for a rough start in a 68-54 loss to Canton in the championship game of the Tony Lenzini Tournament Saturday.
Palmyra (11-6) had handled Canton relatively easily in a 63-44 win at home Dec. 3, but the Lady Tigers turned it around with a hot start Saturday.
Canton could hardly miss the basket, pouring down six three-pointers in getting out to a first half leads of 19-3 and 41-16.
The Lady Tigers led 49-25 at one point in the third quarter before Palmyra roared back to get within 16. But Canton sank two back-to-back three pointers to finally clinch the outcome.
Candra King led the Palmyra offense with 22 points and was followed by Sydney Compton, 10, Taytum White, seven, Clare Williams, six, Jansen Juette, five, and Abbey Redd, four.
It was the second time this season for Palmyra to fall in a tournament title game, after falling to South Shelby in the Monroe City Tournament final Dec. 11.
Palmyra needed a fourth-quarter comeback to advance to the championship game, and got it for a 47-43 semifinal victory over fourth-seeded Highland Wednesday.
Palmyra got out to a 13-9 lead but trailed 23-20 at the half and by five going into the final period, when the Lady Panthers rallied for a 17-8 game-winning run.
Williams sank a three-pointer and scored half of her team-high 12 points in the fourth quarter, when Juette added five of her eight points, and White contributed an important three-pointer after sinking a lone free throw earlier in the gam.
Also scoring were Compton, 11, Redd, six, King, three, and Ashley Bode, three.
The Lady Panthers opened the tournament with a 62-44 quarterfinal win over Van-Far, Monday.
Leading 17-12 after the first quarter, Palmyra went on a 14-5 run to lead by 16 at the half and out-scored Van-Far, 31-27, the rest of the way.
King sank 10 field goals and seven free throws to lead all scorers with 27 points.
Also scoring were Compton, 12, Williams, 11, White, four, Juette, three, Redd, two, and Bode, two.
The Lady Panthers resume Clarence Cannon Conference play this week, traveling to Brookfield, Tuesday and hosting Macon Friday.
Tony Lenzini Tournament 2021-22 PHS
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. Tournament
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 L 30-60, 5-2
12/17 at Unity L 30-58, 5-3
12/20 Lou. W 69-11, 6-3
1/4-8 Highland Tourn.
1/4 C.C. W 57-28, 7-3
1/5 Kirk. L 49-39, 7-4
1/8 S.C. W 54-37, 8-4
1/11 at N.P. W 62-8, 9-4
1/13 at Cent.L 49-62, 9-5
1/17-22 Lenzini Tourn.
1/17 V-F W 62-44, 10-5
1/19 High. W 47-43, 11-5
1/22 Can. L 68-54, 11-6
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.