Having already played in a championship game once this year, the Palmyra girls’ basketball team knew what to expect. Like the Monroe City game, the Lady Panthers jumped out to an early first quarter lead. But this time, Palmyra didn’t let up as the Lady Panthers beat Macon 55-36 to win the Highland Tournament.
“We played really well,” Palmyra coach Chris Parsons said. “We did a nice job of taking away drives and we blocked out well in the second half.”
Five different Lady Panthers scored for Palmyra in the opening eight minutes of play as Palmyra took a 17-10 lead.
Macon battled Palmyra in the second quarter, almost matching the Lady Panthers point for point. But, Palmyra outscored Macon 9-8 and increased its lead to 26-18 heading into the intermission.
All nine of Palmyra’s second quarter points came from just two players, Alexis Losson and Allie Dietrich.
Losson would go on to finish the night with a game-high 13 points for Palmyra.
In the second half, Palmyra started the third quarter on another scoring spree. The Lady Panthers put another 17-spot on the board while holding Macon to just 5 points.
“We executed our plan well in the third,” Parsons said. “We wanted to force (Macon’s) outside game because we knew if they drove on us, they are good at dishing for easy buckets. We closed out well and took away their drives.”
Alexis VanNostrand, the only other Palmyra player to record double-figure scoring, scored seven of her 10 points in the third quarter.
The Lady Panthers again had five players find the basket in the fourth quarter as Palmyra outscored Macon 12-11.
Katee Hinkle and Megan Hooper each finished with 7 points while Evie Miles and Dietrich both turned in 5 points. In all, nine diferent players scored for Palmyra.
“We are really trusting each other right now which is key to why we are playing well,” Parsons said. “There isn’t a girl on this team that can’t get it done when needed.”
With the win, Palmyra (8-4) improves to a season best four games over 500. The Lady Panthers will now return home where Palmyra will host Hannibal tonight in the “Pink Out” game. The girls have a 6 p.m. tipoff set up with the boys’ game to follow.