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The PHS varsity girls basketball team’s two super freshmen put Palmyra in a position to pull of a district title game upset Saturday in Monroe City.
But South Shelby’s own super freshman stepped up to ensure that wouldn’t happen as the Lady Cardinals won the 59-55 thriller and advanced to the state playoffs.
With her team up by just one point in the waning moments of Saturday’s Class 3, District 6 title game, Belle Roush, a 5-9 freshman forward, got a key defensive rebound and and then dribbled to the top of the arc at the other end and cooley drained the game-winning three-point shot.
PHS freshmen Sydney Compton and Clare Williams combined to score 30 points in keeping the Lady Panthers within striking distance all game, but Roush, who started the season on the junior varsity squad, sank six field goals, including two three pointers and six of nine free throws in scoring a game-high 20 points.
Palmyra (19-8) got out to a strong start and led 14-3 early before going into the second quarter with a five-point edge.
But the Lady Cardinals fought their way back for a one-point halftime lead they also held going into the final period.
And, after sinking just one three pointer in the first half, they finally found the target for five big ones in the second half.
Scoring for Palmyra were Compton, 15, Williams, 15, Candra King, 11, Jansen Juette, eight, Abbey Redd, two, Taytum White, two, and Ashley Bode, two.
South Shelby (22-4) advances to Wednesday’s Class 3 sectional round and will take on Elsberry (16-11) at St. Francis Howell Central High School in St. Charles.
The winner will advance to the quarterfinal round Saturday at Battle High School in Columbia to face the winner of Wednesday’s sectional between Montgomery County (20-7) and Tipton (24-4).
The state finals will be played March 10-11 in Springfield, Mo.
To reach the championship game, Palmyra survived its semifinal match against third-seeded Highland with a 61-53 win in overtime Wednesday.
The Lady Panthers used a 20-6 run to go into halftime up 30-17, but struggled the rest of the way in regulation as the Lady Cougars out-scored them 34-21 to send the contest into overtime.
But, King opened the extra period with a three-pointer, and Palmyra held Highland to a field goal while scoring 10 points for the win.
King ended up sinking three total three-pointers in scoring a team-high 21 points.
Also scoring were Compton, 12, Juette, 10, Williams, eight, Redd, five, and White, five.
Ansley Pringer led Highland with 25 points.
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 Bk. W 45-23, 12-6
1/28 Mac. W 61-34, 13-6
2/1 at C.C. W 61-37, 14-6
2/5 S.S. L 76-55, 14-7
2/8 at M.C. W 54-36, 15-7
2/10 B.G. W 60-23, 16-7
2/15 at Han. W 60-40, 17-7
2/19 High. W 66-45, 18-7
2/21-26 Districts at M.C.
2/23 High. W 61-53OT, 19-7
2/26 S.S. L 55-59, 19-8