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The PHS varsity boys basketball team capped the regular season with impressive victories over Hannibal and Highland last week.
The Panthers drew to within one victory of a 20-win season with a 78-58 win at Highland Friday.
With the victory, the Panthers finished 5-2 in the Clarence Cannon Conference, tied for second place with South Shelby and Centralia, while Macon won the title outright at 7-0.
Palmyra held a two-point lead going into the second quarter before going on a 22-12 run to enjoy a 12-point halftime edge.
The Panthers boosted their lead by four in the third quarter, then finished strong with a 24-20 run.
Carson Hicks sank 10 field goals for a team-high 20 points, while Bear Bock put in seven field goals and a free throw for 15 points, and Jon Lundberg hit three three-pointers and all four of his charity shots for 13 points.
Also contributing were Drew Copenhaver, seven, Jeremiah Edwards, four, Ethan Redd, four, Ryan McKeown, four, Bronson Juette, three, Tyler Banta, two, Jacob Barnes, two, Trey Smyser, two, and Rayce Ragar, two.
The Panthers held Hannibal to single digit scoring in every quarter for a 54-35 win at home on Pink-Out Night last Tuesday.
Palmyra jumped out to 17-5 lead and pretty much had the game in hand after building a 33-14 advantage before the half.
Nine Panthers contributed on offense including Bock, 14, Hicks, eight, Lundberg, eight, Copenhaver, six, Banta, five, McKeown, four, Juette, four, Smyser, three, and Redd, two.
The top-seeded Panthers will open Class 3, District 6 tournament play in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against the winner of Monday’s quarterfinal game between fourth-seeded Clark County (8-15) and fifth-seeded Monroe City (7-19).
2022-23 CCC Boys
Macon 7-0 21-4
S. Shelby 5-2 13-12
Centralia 5-2 14-10
Palmyra 5-2 19-7
Clark Co. 2-5 8-15
Highland 2-5 3-21
Mon. City 2-5 7-19
Brookfield 0-7 4-22