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The PHS varsity girls basketball team avenged their Monroe City Tournament Championship game loss from last year with at thrilling 56-54 win over South Shelby Saturday.
The game was close well into the final quarter with the Lady Birds never leading by more than four and Palmyra by never more than seven.
Down by two with 4:12 left in the fourth quarter, Palmyra went on a 6-0 run to lead 55-50 with two minutes left.
Palmyra’s final point, a free throw by Abbey Redd came with 50 seconds left in the game, but the defense held South Shelby to a field goal with 37 seconds left to preserve the win, setting off a wild celebration by the players at mid court.
It was the Palmyra girls’ first Monroe City title win since 2019, and the first combined win with the boys since 2013.
Palmyra enjoyed a balanced offense with starters Taytum White, 15 points, Candra King, 14, Clare Williams, 10, Sydney Compton, seven and Abbey Redd, seven, scoring.
The championship battle was set up after the Lady Panthers dominated third-seeded Highland for a 71-46 semifinal win Thursday.
Palmyra turned an early 18-12 lead into a 16-point halftime edge with a 23-12, second-quarter run.
The Lady Panthers didn’t let up in the second half, either, out-scoring the Lady Cougars 30-21.
Sydney Compton led the offense, sinking nine of 18 field goals and seven of nine free throws for a game-high 25 points.
Meanwhile, King was a force in the paint, pulling down 16 rebounds while scoring 20 points.
Williams sank the team’s only two three-pointers while scoring 12 points.
Redd dished out four assists and scored six points, while fellow starter, White was credited with three assists and three points.
Contributing off the bench were Bella McBride, two points, Jaelyn Chandler, two, and Avery Compton, one.
Highland was led by Rachael Bringer with 21 points.
The Lady Panthers opened the tournament with a 75-25 win over seventh-seeded Marion County last Tuesday.
Palmyra was up by five after the first quarter but then outscored the Lady Mustangs 62-17 the rest of the way.
Williams had the hot hand, sinking five three-pointers and nine field goals overall to lead all scorers with 23 points.
Starters King (13 points), White (11), and Compton (10) also scored in double figures, while Redd added two.
Coming off the bench to contribute were Chandler, six, Ashley Bode, five, Avery Compton, three, and McBride, two.
This week, the Lady Panthers are scheduled, to host Quincy Notre Dame, Tuesday, and participate in the River Rivalry Series hosted by Keokuck and Clark County, by taking on Burlington (Iowa) Notre Dame at 8 p.m. at Clark County.
Also participating are Holy Trinity, Central Lee, Burlington, West Burlington, Macon, Monroe City, Highland, Mount Pleasant, Fort Madison, Centralia, South Shelby, Washington and Brookfield.