The Palmyra boys basketball team scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back in a 75-28 win over South Shelby.
The Palmyra boys basketball team entered the 93rd Monroe City Basketball Invitational with a 2-0 record. But Panthers coach Ryan Wood was not happy with the way his team started in those two wins.
Such was not the case in Tuesday night’s first-round matchup with South Shelby.
The Panthers scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back in a 75-28 shellacking of the Cardinals.
“Our kids responded well with the 10-0 run to start the game tonight,” the Panthers coach said. “That is something we struggled with in our first two games but tonight I thought we had some solid early possessions and some good shot selections.”
Laithan Sublette knocked down a pair of shots from behind the arc in the first three minutes of the contest for the early lead.
Palmyra led 27-3 after the first eight minutes of play and 41-10 at halftime.
The Panthers forced South Shelby into 16 turnovers in the first half to aid in the 31-point advantage.
For the game, the Panthers forced 28 turnovers and held the Cardinals to just 35 percent (12-for-34) shooting from the field.
“We work really hard on defense,” freshman Abe Haerr said. “And we have Peyton Abbott who is a really good defender and we put him on the other team’s best player which really helps us out a lot.”
The Panthers were pretty good offensively Tuesday night as well.
Peyton Plunkett tossed in a game-high 19 points to pace a trio of players in double figures.
Haerr added a career-high 14 points in addition to a game-high seven boards.
“I just really worked my butt off tonight and I thought I played pretty good out there,” the freshman said of his performance. “There were a couple shots I wish I would have made but I will hopefully make them next time.”
Ragar McKinney was the third Panther player to reach double figures in scoring with 13 points. He also added six rebounds and two steals.
Nine of the 10 Panther players scored Tuesday night.
Wood mentioned he is pleased with the way his offense has produced this season.
“Tonight was the third straight game we have had at least three guys score in double figures,” Wood said. “With that kind of balanced scoring it really opens up the floor for us to do some nice things offensively.”
Palmyra (3-0) shot 50 percent from the field, connecting on half of its 60 attempts.
The Panthers will face Louisiana on Thursday evening in a semifinal game. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Louisiana was also a lopsided winner Tuesday night, defeating North Shelby 49-31.