The Palmyra girls basketball team used strong play in the bookend quarters Friday night to earn a 50-38 win over Canton for the consolation title at the Highland Tournament.

The Palmyra girls basketball team used strong play in the bookend quarters Friday night to earn a 50-38 win over Canton for the consolation title at the Highland Tournament. 

Palmyra (7-5) produced nearly 75 percent of its scoring during the first and fourth quarters, scoring 20 points in the opening period to build a lead before narrowly escaping trouble late thanks to a 17-7 run to end the game.

“Really good first and fourth, thank goodness,” Palmyra coach Chris Parsons said.

The Lady Panthers grew their lead as large as 10 points in the third quarter before the Lady Tigers clawed back with an 8-0 run to cut their deficit to 33-31 entering the fourth.

That's when Palmyra senior Robby Meyers came to life, netting nine of her 12 points in the final period to seal the deal.

“Meyers was amazing late,” Parsons said. “Maybe her best quarter of her career. She just hit a new gear there.”

Sadi Kite tossed in 13 points during the win, while Bailey Lovelace was the third Lady Panther in double figures with 11.

Megan Stone scored all five of her points in the first quarter, including a 3-pointer, to help Palmyra take a 20-9 lead through the first eight minutes of play. 

But Palmyra's offense got in a rut over the next 16 minutes, managing just 13 points in the second and third quarters combined before getting back on track in the fourth.

“Just impressed that we dug down and found a new energy,” Parsons said. “We have moments of really good ball. Hopefully it's a bit of a spark.”

Palmyra travels to play at Knox County on Tuesday.