The Palmyra girls basketball team couldn't replicate its previous win against state-ranked Clark County in a 45-29 road loss Tuesday night.
Megan Stone shot Palmyra past Clark County in the semifinals of the Tony Lenzini Tournament two weeks ago.
For a brief moment Tuesday night, it looked like the Lady Panthers sophomore may do the same.
Stone knocked down three jumpers in the first period for seven of the Lady Panthers first nine points. But the hot shooting would end with the third jumper as no other Palmyra player could duplicate the knock-down shooting.
In the end, Clark County avenged the tournament loss with a 45-29 win over the Lady Panthers.
Palmyra shot just 7-for-36 from the field over the final three quarters of play.
“We knew we would have a target on our backs tonight and they would come out gunning for us,” Lady Panthers coach Chris Parsons said. “I thought we came out and matched their intensity early, but after the first quarter, the shots just did not fall and we turned the ball over too much. Against a good, state-ranked team like Clark County, you can’t have that.”
Robby Meyers and Audrey Fohey scored on rebound baskets in the second to keep the Panthers within striking distance. Fohey’s basket pulled Palmyra to within 20-16 with 2 minutes, 2 seconds left in the first half.
It was the closest the Lady Panthers came the rest of the way.
It also was the last time Palmyra took advantage of an offensive rebound.
“I thought we did a nice job of rebounding once again tonight,” Parsons stated. “But instead of giving them a shot fake, we would just rush our shots and could not convert. With the size they (Clark County) have you have to make them move. We didn’t do that tonight.”
Clark County led 26-16 at the half.
After the Lady Indians extended their lead to 12 in the third, Palmyra once again stayed within striking distance. A baseline jumper from Bailey Lovelace pulled the Lady Panthers to within 32-25 with 2:15 left in the frame.
That was the last bucket Palmyra made until Stone scored on a drive with five minutes left in the game.
“Our defensive effort was there tonight,” Parsons said. “We were still getting stops there in the third. But then we started making some mistakes. I don’t want to say we took a step back tonight, but you could see in some of those moments where we just looked deflated.”
Clark County used an 11-0 run to put the game away.
Despite 21 turnovers and a few lapses in defensive schemes, which led to easy buckets, Parsons mentioned he was pleased with his team's overall defense.
“I told them after the game anytime you hold a team of their caliber to 45 points, you should be in the game,” the Lady Panthers coach stated. “But their length bothered us tonight and really altered a lot of our shots. It was a good, tough game. We just got beat by a better team tonight.”
Fohey and Stone paced Palmyra with eight points a piece.
Abby Brown led Clark County with a game-high 14 points.
The loss drops Palmyra to 12-7 on the season, while the Class 3 No. 5-ranked Lady Indians improved to 18-1 on the season.