The Palmyra boys basketball team put 27 points on the board in the second quarter en route to a 70-33 home win over Bowling Green.
Jayden Durst was absolutely feeling it in the third quarter Tuesday night during the Palmyra boys basketball team’s 70-33 win over Bowling Green.
The sophomore guard came off the bench to deliver a trio of 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes, 36 seconds of the period to balloon the Panthers lead to 30 points.
“If I’m open and I’ve got a good look, I’m going to try to shoot it and knock it down,” said Durst, who finished with 11 points in the victory. “My teammates got it to me and I was ready.”
Durst’s third trey came on a heave that narrowly beat the third-quarter buzzer. Senior Nick Mudd assisted on the score.
“That was a little bit of luck because I just kind of threw that up there,” Durst admitted.
There were times Tuesday when it seemed like anything Palmyra (7-1) threw toward the hoop went through, especially in the first half.
The Panthers scored 27 points in the second quarter on the strength of 12-of-20 shooting from the field.
“We were pushing it, getting up the floor, swinging on the reversals to get open threes, getting rebounds,” said junior Ragar McKinney, who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. “Our mentality every time is to go out there and play our hardest. Once we get it and go, we’re clicking and it’s fun.”
Landon Lucas knocked down a deep three with 1:26 left in the first quarter to start a 16-3 run for the hosts. Bill Nunnelly scored six of his 12 points during the spree and made his fourth shot of the period at the halftime buzzer to put Palmyra ahead 40-21.
Peyton Plunkett, who earlier Tuesday announced his commitment to the football program at Northwest Missouri State University, contributed seven points in the first half and posted 10 rebounds for the game.
Six different players scored for Palmyra over the first 16 minutes of play, and every member of the Panthers 10-man roster got on the board before all was said and done.
“That makes the game a lot more fun,” said Palmyra coach Ryan Wood.
Palmyra didn’t miss a beat after the break, outscoring a depleted Bowling Green 19-8 in the third. The Bobcats were playing without regular starter Noah Pafford and also suffered two injuries in the second half.
McKinney knocked down a 3-pointer before Durst let loose late in the quarter.
“He (McKinney) did score 15 tonight, but he does a lot of little things,” Wood said. “He’s been our best rebounder and probably our most consistent defender. He’s accepted his role. And when he hits buckets like he did tonight, it makes him look even a lot better.”
The Panthers locked down on defense to limit Bowling Green to just one field goal in the fourth quarter and 12 total points in the second half.
The Bobcats fell to 6-4 with the loss.
Next up for Palmyra is a road test at undefeated and state-ranked Hallsville next Wednesday night.
“We’re going to have our hands full,” Wood said of the upcoming showdown. “We go down there and it’ll be a great environment for our kids to play in, but we’ve got to come ready or else we’ll take a whipping. I think we’ll go down there and compete very well.”
The second-year Panthers coach mentioned he is pleased with how his team has started the season.
“As far as wins and losses, we’ve done great,” he said. “We’re at the halfway point of the season, and we have a lot of competitive games ahead of us as far as tournaments and conference and district play. There are a lot of things we need to improve on, but at the same time, I’m very proud of the start that we’ve had.”