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The PHS varsity girls basketball team took third place at the Highland Tournament with a 57-37 win over Keokuk Friday.
In a contest pitting the tournament’s two top seeds, the Lady Panthers (10-3) took charge with a 15-7 second-quarter run and out-scored Keokuk, 30-15, the rest of the way.
Palmyra’s Candra King led all scorers with 17 points and was followed by Clare Williams, 10, Sydney Compton, nine, Abbey Redd, eight, Taytum White, eight, Jaelyn Chandler, three, and Avery Compton, two.
Top-seeded Palmyra had to settle for the third place game after being upset by fifth-seeded Highland, 54-48, in the semifinals, Wednesday.
In a game regularly ground to a halt by referees’ whistles and free throws, Highland won out at the line just by shear numbers.
A grand total of 54 fouls were called with 70 free throws attempted.
Palmyra was called for 33 fouls, resulting in three starters, Abbey Redd, Clare Williams and Taytum White, fouling out and the other two, Candra King and Sydney Compton, finishing on the verge with four fouls each.
Highland was tagged with 21 fouls, leading to one player, a non-starter, fouling out.
Highland sank three fewer field goals than Palmyra, but went to the line 46 times and scored 26 points, just short of half of their point total, through free throws.
Meanwhile, Palmyra sank 13 of their 24 charity shot opportunities.
After building a 16-10 first quarter lead, Palmyra suffered through a 23-9 second-period run led by Ansley Bringer, who sank seven of the team’s 13 total field goals while scoring 18 of the points.
Trailing by eight going into the second half, Palmyra managed eight field goals the rest of the way while holding Highland to just three field goals.
But Highland shot 30 free throws in the final two quarters, hitting 15 of them, as Palmyra’s starting five was decimated by fouls.
Compton led Palmyra with 20 points, followed by King, 12, White, eight, Redd, three, Bella McBride, two, Chandler, two, and Williams, one.
Highland’s Bringer led all scorers with 26 points.
The Lady Panthers opened the tournament with a 78-28 win over Knox County in the quarterfinals Monday.
The game was actually close through the first quarter as Knox County took a 16-14 lead, but Palmyra out-scored their opponents 64-12 the rest of the way, including 28-0 in the second quarter.
All five starters scored in double figures, including Williams, 19, Compton, 16, White, 14, King, 12, and Redd, 11.
Coming off the bench to contribute were Chandler, three, Ashley Bode, two, and Alaina Loman, one.
Palmyra amassed 41 rebounds with King, 13, Compton, 10, and Redd, eight, leading the pack.
Redd also had four assists.
The Lady Panthers are scheduled to dip into Clarence Cannon Conference play at home against Centralia, Friday, after hosting Kirksville, Tuesday.
11/22 Elsberry W, 65-35, 1-0
11/29 at M.T. W 77-20, 2-0
12/2 at Canton W 51-44, 3-0
12/5-10 M.C. Tournament
12/6 M.C. W 75-25, 4-0
12/8 High. W 71-46, 5-0
12/x S.S W 56-54, 6-0
12/13 QND L 19-51, 6-1
12/16 Unity ((lll.) L 55-66, 6-2
12/17 at River Rivalry
vs. BND W 58-51, 7-2
12/20 at Lou. W 65-29 8-2
1/2-7 Highland Tourn.
1/2 K.C. W 78-28, 9-2
1/4 High. L 48-54, 9-3
1/6 Keokuk W 57-37, 10-3
1/16-21 Lenzini Tourn.
1/16 Mark Twain
1/27 at Macon
1/31 Clark County
2/1 at Kirksville
2/3 at South Shelby
2/7 Monroe City
2/9 at Bowling Green
2/17 at Highland
2/20-25 Districts TBA