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The PHS varsity girls basketball teams defense fell short in its quest for a Tony Lenzini Basketball Tournament Championship with a 74-61 loss to Canton Saturday.
The Lady Panthers (14-4) got out to a rough start and gave up the most points in a game since a 66-55 loss to Unity Dec. 16 and had to settle for second place.
Palmyra fell behind 16-7, and managed to draw even by halftime, but then suffered through a 16-8 run by the Lady Tigers to start the second half, which they could not overcome.
The Lady Panthers also had no answer for Canton’s senior, Nariah Clay, who led all scorers with 32 points, which included 14 in the fourth quarter when she buried five field goals and all four of her free throws.
Canton’s Macy Glasgow also went unchecked down the stretch, scoring 11 of her 23 points in the fourth quarter.
For the game, Canton was 13 of 14 from the line.
Palmyra’s offense could have carried the game with four starters scoring in double figures.
Sydney Compton led the way with 17, while Candra King added 15, Taytum White, 13, and Clare Williams, 10.
Ashley Bode came off the bench to score four and Abbey Redd added two.
Palmyra had previously beaten Canton, 51-44, Dec. 2.
The Lady Panthers advanced to the title game with a tough 63-54 win over fifth-seeded Monroe City Wednesday.
The improving Monroe City team came off a 41-31 upset win over fourth-seeded Highland Monday and continued their strong play by making the Wednesday’s game outcome in doubt into the final quarter.
Palmyra came out strong and built a 34-24 halftime lead, but Monroe City fought back with a 14-7 third quarter run.
White scored seven of her 13 points in the fourth quarter, and Palmyra sank seven of eighth free throws down the stretch to clinch the victory.
Thirteen was Palmyra’s lucky number as White, Williams, King and Compton all scored 13, while fellow starter, Redd added nine including six in the final quarter.
Bode scored two off the bench.
Monroe City’s Maridith Gares scored a game-high 19 points, 15 of which came from outside the arc.
Palmyra opened the tournament by trouncing eighth-seeded Mark Twain, 82-13, Monday.
All 11 suited players scored including King, 17, Williams, 13, Sydney Compton, 10, Avery Compton, nine, White, eight, Alaina Loman, eight, Redd, five, Jaelyn Chandler, four, Ashley Bode, four, Bella McBride, two, and Kaitlyn Bode, two.
This week, the Lady Panthers move back into Clarence Cannon Conference play by hosting Brookfield, Tuesday, and traveling to Macon, Friday.
11/22 Els. W, 65-35, 1-0
11/29 at M.T.W 77-20, 2-0
12/2 at Can.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
12/10 S.S W 56-54, 6-0
12/13 QND L 19-51, 6-1
12/16 Unity 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
1/10 Kirk. W 48-41, 11-3
1/13 Cent. W 63-48, 12-3
1/16-21 Lenzini Tourn.
1/16 M.T. W 82-13, 13-3
1/18 M.C. W 63-54, 14-3
1/21 Can. L 61-74, 14-4
1/27 at Macon
1/31 Clark County
2/3 at South Shelby
2/7 Monroe City
2/9 at Bowling Green
2/17 at Highland
2/20-25 Districts TBA