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The PHS varsity girls basketball team finished the regular season with a road win, their 20th of the season, over Highland that followed a home loss to Hannibal last week.
The Lady Panthers gave up a good lead in the third quarter only to finish strong for a 64-55 win over Highland in the conference finale Friday.
The Lady Panthers finished 6-1 in the Clarence Cannon Conference to finish second behind South Shelby, which completed an undefeated championship.
Palmyra got out to an 18-14 lead and went into halftime up by seven, before Highland went on a 19-8 run to go up by four going into the final quarter.
But, the Lady Panthers regained the momentum to win going away with a 22-9 run to the final buzzer.
Candra King came back from injury to hit 10 of 17 field goals and score a game-high 21 points to go along with eight rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.
Also scoring were Sydney Compton, 14, Abbey Redd, nine, Taytum White, nine, Clare Williams, seven, Bella McBride, two, and Ashley Bode, two.
Williams and Redd collected a total of nine steals, while Compton grabbed six rebounds and two steals, to go along with a blocked shot.
The Lady Panthers scored the second most points in a game this season and still lost 81-80 at home to Hannibal on Pink-Out Night.
In an unusual game for the number of points scored by both teams, the Lady Panthers took a seven point lead early in the fourth quarter as Taytum White drained two three-pointers and made a circus shot under the basket on three successive positions, only to give back the lead on a series of turnovers.
Hannibal finished the scoring late, but Palmyra still had time to tie or take the lead, but could not finish.
Three Lady Panthers scored 19 points or more including White, who sank give three-pointers and seven other field goals for a game high 30 points.
Compton put in eight field goals and shot eight for eight from the line for 24, while Williams sank two treys and five field goals overall and hit seven of nine free throws for 19 points.
Bode, starting in place of King, scored five points, and Redd, two, to complete the scoring.
Five Lady Pirates scored in double figures.
Palmyra’s highest point total of the season is 82 in a blowout win over Mark Twain during the Tony Lenzini Tournament.
The second-seeded Lady Panthers will open Class 3, District 6 Tournament play at Monroe City in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday, against the winner of Tuesday’s quarterfinal between third-seeded Monroe City (10-16) and sixth-seeded Mark Twain (0-23).
2022-23 CCC Girls
S. Shelby 7-0 22-3
Palmyra 6-1 20-6
Centralia 5-2 22-3
Mon. City 4-3 10-16
Highland 2-5 14-12
Macon 2-5 9-16
Brookfield 2-5 16-10
Clark Co. 0-7 3-21