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Carson Hicks three-pointer with 4.5 seconds left in regulation capped a 51-47 win over Highland for third place in the Tony Lenzini Tournament Saturday.
Palmyra 9-8, got out to an early 10-4 lead, but it became a tight-wire act for much of the rest of the game.
Hicks, a sophomore, came off the bench to score all of his nine points in the second half including seven in the crucial fourth quarter.
Alex Loman also scored some key points, including two three-pointers, in leading the team with 14 points.
Also scoring were Bear Bock, 10, Mason Roberts, seven, Laydin Lochman, six, Ryan McKeown, three and Adam Goodwin, two.
It was the second time this season Palmyra has beaten Highland in third place games, with the first one coming during the Cougars’ own tournament, Jan. 8.
The Panther and Cougars will meet again in Palmyra’s regular season finale at home Feb. 18.
The Panthers could not upset top-seeded Monroe City in the semifinals, losing, 46-23, Wednesday.
The defensive battle started out with Palmyra earning an early 6-4 advantage, but Monroe City out-scored Palmyra 38-17 the rest of the way, holding the Panthers to single digit scoring in every quarter.
It was the lowest point total for Palmyra this season, after scoring just 28 in a loss to Kirksville Jan. 7 during the Highland Tournament.
Scoring for Palmyra were Hicks, six, Bock, five, Loman, four, and Lochman, Roberts, McKeown and Goodwin all with two.
The Panthers opened the tournament with a 76-53 win over Canton in the quarterfinals, Monday.
Leading by just four at the half, Palmyra took control of the game with a 22-8 run to start the second half.
The Panthers got offensive contributions from eight players including Roberts, 19, Bock, 16, Lochman, 15, Tyler Banta, six, Goodwin, six, Loman, six, Hicks, six, and Brayden Shannon, two.
Clarence Cannon Conference action resumes this week with games at Brookfield, Tuesday, and at home against Macon, Friday.
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 L 30-50, 3-4
12/17 at Unity W 55-48, 4-4
12/20 Lou. L 43-62, 4-5
1/3-8 Highland Tourn.
1/5 K.C. W 49-42, 5-5
1/7 Kirk. L 28-48, 5-6
1/8 High. W 54-49, 6-6
1/11 at N.P. W 58-18, 7-5
1/13 at Cent.L 38-68, 7-7
1/17-22 Lenzini Tourn.
1/17 Can. W 76-53, 8-7
1/19 M.C. L 23-46, 8-8
1/21 High. W 51-47, 9-8
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.