The Palmyra girls’ basketball team is heading to its second tournament championship game of the season after beating South Shelby 67-48 Wednesday night at the Highland Tournament.
“Our intensity was back up tonight,” Palmyra coach Chris Parsons said. “It really helps with our pressing and fast tempo.”
Palmyra set the tone for the game early, by outscoring South Shelby at a 3-to-1 clip in the first quarter. By the time the opening eight minutes were over, Palmyra led 21-7. Katee Hinkle was one of three Lady Panthers to finish the evening with double figure scoring as she scored eight of her 13 points in the the first quarter surge.
Palmyra continued to pull away in the second quarter as the Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Cardinals 17-11. Five different players scored for Palmyra in the second quarter, led by Megan Hooper with 6 points. Hooper also finished the game with double figures, chipping in 10 points on the night.
After taking a 38-18 lead into the intermission, South Shelby came out and matched Palmyra point for point in the third quarter. Each team point up 17 points as the Lady Panthers held on to their 20 point (55-35) lead.
Alexis Losson was the final Lady Panther to score in double figures and she led the team with a game-high 19 points. Losson scored six of her points in the third quarter.
South Shelby finally managed to outscore Palmyra 13-12 in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late.
Palmyra had two other players just miss double figure scoring. Alexis VanNostrand and Allie Dietrich both finished the night with 9 points.
“We shot the ball good,” Parsons said. “We were very unselfish finding open girls.”
With the win, Palmyra improves to 7-4 on the season and will play Macon on Saturday in the championship game while South Shelby moves on to play Hannibal in the third-place game on Friday. The Lady Panthers will tipoff at 6 p.m.