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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Lady Panthers back on winning track

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  • The Palmyra girls basketball team snapped its two game losing skid with a 51-41 win over Seymour Tuesday night.
    As with most of its games this year, the Lady Panthers rushed out to a 12-8 lead in the first quarter, but saw it evaporate in the second quarter. By the time the first half was over, Palmyra trailed Seymour 24-18.
    When asked about his team’s lack of success in the second quarter this year, Palmyra coach Chris Parsons was at a loss for words.
    “No idea,” Parsons said. “If you have got any ideas, I am all ears. I probably need to get my starters more rest early.”
    The Lady Panthers came out of the halftime break scoring and almost doubled up Seymour. Palmyra outscored the Lady Indians 15-8. That gave Palmyra a one point lead, 33-32 heading into the final eight minutes of play.
    During the fourth quarter, the Lady Panthers kept scoring, putting up two points for every one advantage over Seymour. By the time the fourth quarter was over, the Lady Panthers had outscored Seymour 18-9.
    “We played a great second half,” Parsons said. “Defense was a key, but we also were more patient on offense and got good looks in the second half.
    Katee Hinkle led the Lady Panthers in scoring with 16 points, 11 of which came in the second half. Also finishing in double figures for Palmyra was Alexis VanNostrand with 10 points while Allie Dietrich contributed 8 points.
    The one thing that haunted Palmyra all night was foul trouble. The Lady Panthers had three players one foul away from fouling out by the time the game finished.
    “Hinkle and Hooper were in foul trouble the whole game,” Parsons said. “But they stayed tough.”
    Next up for Palmyra is a trip to Philadelphia on Friday when the Lady Panthers play Marion County. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.
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