The Monroe City girls and boys basketball teams cruised into the second round of its own tournament Monday evening with a pair of lopsided wins over undermanned Marion County.

The Monroe City girls and boys basketball teams cruised into the second round of its own tournament Monday evening with a pair of lopsided wins over undermanned Marion County.

In the girls contest, the top-seeded Lady Panthers had 11 different players score in the 68-7 romp.

The Panther boys experienced nearly the same ease with a 67-18 win.

In the girls game, Monroe City blanked the Lady Mustangs 25-0 through the first eight minutes of play and led 44-2 at intermission.

Hallie Dyer paced the offensive attack with a game-high 16 points, while Emilie Okenfuss tossed in 14 points. Jada Summers was the third Lady Panther player to reach double figures in scoring as she finished with 10 points.

Payton Hays was the only player to register points for Marion County.

Monroe City will face Paris in the first semifinal contest on Wednesday with tipoff at 7 p.m. Marion County squares off against Mark Twain in a consolation game on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

In the boys game, the Panthers scored the first 13 points of the contest and never looked back.

Monroe City led 16-4 after the first period and 39-10 at halftime.

C.E. Talton scored a game-high 20 points to pace the Panthers. Antwuan Battle (12), Blake Hays (8), Bryce Stark (8) and Michael Ryan (6) combined for 34 points in the win.

Case Wolfe led Marion County with seven points, while Carson Bock added five points in the loss.

The top-seeded Panthers will face Mark Twain in a semifinal contest on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Marion County will play Paris in a consolation game in Wednesday night’s nightcap at 8:30 p.m.