The Palmyra boys basketball team connected on eight shots from behind the arc in a 66-51 win over Canton.

With visiting Canton deciding to double down inside against Peyton Plunkett, the Palmyra boys basketball team chose to fire away from the outside Friday night.

The strategy worked as the Panthers connected on eight shots from behind the arc in their 66-51 win.

“We watched some film and thought they would try and take Peyton away in the middle,” Panthers coach Ryan Wood said. “Peyton did a nice job of not trying to force things and kicked it outside and we had guys who knocked down the outside shots.”

Laithan Sublette and Landon Lucas drilled a pair of 3-pointers in the second period to help the Panthers build on a 12-8 first quarter lead.

Lucas’ second triple of the frame, which he banked home, gave the Panthers a 21-13 lead with 6 minutes, 31 seconds left in the half.

But Canton used an 8-2 spurt to close to within 23-21 with just under four minutes remaining in the half.

Palmyra called a timeout.

“We talked the boys we wanted to go on a little run before the half,” Wood said of the timeout. “And they responded really well.”

The Panthers finished the half on a 14-0 run to take control of the game.

“Those are the kind of things that wins ballgames,” the Panthers coach said.

Another triple by Lucas extended the Panthers lead to 50-30 with 3:51 left in the third period.

It marked the largest lead of the game for Palmyra.

Canton once again went on another run and was able to trim the deficit to 51-42 with 7:05 left in the game.

Five straight points, on a drive and a corner three, by Ragar McKinney put the game out of reach.

Wood was pleased with the way his team responded.

“Yeah we let them come back a little bit, but we answered and were able to finish the game like we wanted to,” Wood stated. “And that is the kind of thing you want to see out of your team.”

McKinney led the Panthers with a game-high 19 points in addition to 8 rebounds.

“Ragar is probably our best rebounder and just plays hard all the time,” Wood said. “He just has a knack for being around the basketball. He played a great game for us tonight.”

Plunkett added 18 points and 9 boards in the win.

Sublette (10) and Lucas (9) combined for 19 points.

Carson Birck led the Tigers with 16 points.

Palmyra finished the game 18-for-25 at the free throw line.

The Panthers (2-0) return to the court Tuesday in the Monroe City Tournament.