A 19-9 scoring advantage in the third quarter helped lift the Palmyra girls to a 55-49 win over Hannibal on Tuesday night in Palmyra.

A 19-9 scoring advantage in the third quarter helped lift the Palmyra girls to a 55-49 win over Hannibal on Tuesday night in Palmyra.

Megan Stone led the Lady Panthers in the third quarter when she scored 10 of her game-high 19 points.

Despite watching his team lose its third straight, Hannibal Coach Evan Cerven was upbeat about his team's play, particularly on the defensive end of the court.

"We played the best complete game defensively of our season," he said. "We played with an extra kind of toughness that we have been working to get to."

Cerven, whose team led by two points, 29-27, at the half, saluted Palmyra which won its fourth straight game.

"Palmyra is a great team and we tried our best to step up to the challenge," he said. "Despite the loss, I was incredibly proud of the way we played like a team tonight."

Bella Falconer led Hannibal's offense with 13 points while teammate Taylor Simms contributed 11.

Joining Stone in double digits for the Lady Panthers were Audrey Fohey, who finished with 17 points, and Isabella Goldinger, who added 10 points.

Palmyra held on for the win despite making just three of nine from the line in the fourth quarter. Hannibal wasn't any better, sinking two of seven free-throw attempts in the final stanza. 

Hannibal, 9-10, hosts Fulton Thursday night. Palmyra, 19-4, hosts Brookfield on Thursday and then travels to Ewing on Friday to face Highland.