The Palmyra girls basketball team clicked on all cylinders during a 93-24 romp over Louisiana in the first round of the Monroe City Tournament.
From the opening tip, the Palmyra girls basketball team was in complete control against Louisiana.
After a 59-point first half, the only question in the balance was if the Lady Panthers would reach triple digits.
If not for a running clock in the final eight minutes of play, the answer would have been yes.
Palmyra clicked on all cylinders in cruising to a 93-24 romp over the Lady Bulldogs in a first-round matchup of the 93rd Monroe City Basketball Invitational.
Palmyra coach Chris Parsons mentioned his team did exactly what was asked of them.
“We said coming out of the gate we wanted to put the game away early and give ourselves a chance to work on a few things we needed to,” the Lady Panthers coach said. “And hats off to our girls, I think they came out and did a great job of doing that tonight.”
Palmyra scored the first 24 points of the game and led 33-1 after the first eight minutes of play.
The Lady Panthers kept the intensity as Parsons rotated players in and out of the lineup the rest of the half. Palmyra carried a 59-10 advantage into the locker room.
Perhaps the most impressive stat of the first half came on the number of assists the Lady Panthers accumulated. Of the 26 made baskets from the field in the first 16 minutes of play, 15 were assisted.
“Sometimes we tend to take bad shots that are not always open but tonight we did a nice job of making the extra passes to get teammates open,” sophomore Raegan Barnett said. “And we were able to get some good looks off of cuts."
For the game, the Lady Panthers finished with 25 assists on 40 made shots.
All 10 Lady Panthers in uniform Tuesday night finished with at least one field goal. Parsons mentioned the balanced attack made the Lady Panthers enjoy playing the game.
“I saw lots of smiles out there from the girls tonight,” the coach said. “I could tell they were having fun playing the game and for a young team like we have that is a huge key.”
Megan Stone finished with a game-high 16 points to pace four Lady Panthers in double figures.
Audrey Fohey added 15, while Bailey Lovelace (14) and Barnett (12) combined for 26 points.
Robby Meyers scored just four points, but the senior starting guard dished out five assists to go along with three rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots.
Sadi Kite added nine points and Delaney Fohey chipped in with eight points off the bench.
“We still have some little things to clean up but for the most part I thought the girls performed well tonight,” Parsons said.
The Lady Panthers (3-0) advance to the semifials Thursday night against South Shelby. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
South Shelby scored a lopsided 62-20 win over North Shelby earlier Tuesday.