All 10 players scored for the Palmyra boys basketball team in a 66-27 home win over South Shelby on Friday night.
After a big Clarence Cannon Conference win over Clark County Tuesday night, Palmyra coach Ryan Wood was a little concerned of a letdown Friday night against South Shelby.
Laithan Sublette dashed away those concerns early in the game.
The Panthers sharp shooter found teammate Ragar McKinney breaking to the basket from the opposite wing. Sublette tossed a perfect pass to McKinney for an easy bucket just 10 seconds into the contest.
The Panthers would not look back in the 66-27 win over their CCC foes.
“I thought we played a little flat in the first half, but it’s kind of a given when you come off a big win like we had Tuesday, it’s hard for a team to come back and match that same quality of play,” Wood said. “But I thought we picked it up in the second half.”
The Panthers led 18-11 after the first eight minutes of play and 32-21 at the half.
The defense took over in the second half. The Panthers held South Shelby to just six points in the final 16 minutes of play.
“We switched to a man late in the first half, which right now is probably our best defense,” the Panthers coach said. “But really the difference was individual effort. You could see the kids really step up their intensity. A lot of good things happen when you play hard. Holding them to just six points in the second half, I was really pleased with their effort.”
Wood was also pleased with the play of Sublette.
The senior guard, who scores the majority of his points by shooting threes, attacked the rim most of the game. Ten of his game-high 17 points came off of drives.
“We talked before the game about not just settling for 25-foot jumpers,” Wood said. “I thought Laithan did a nice job of picking up the offense tonight by getting to the basket.”
Peyton Plunkett was the only other Panther to reach double figures, as he added 11 points in the win.
All 10 Palmyra players scored at least two points Friday night.
“It was a fun game,” the Panthers coach said. “Everyone got to play tonight. We are happy to get the win, but I was really happy to see better play in the second half.”
Landon Lucas and Nick Mudd came off the bench to combine for 17 points, led by Lucas’ nine points.
Palmyra returns to the court Tuesday as it plays host to conference foe and rival Monroe City.