Matter of confidence: Meyers, Palmyra Lady Panthers take down QND

Posted: Dec. 14, 2016 1:11 pm

Junior Robby Meyers collectedly knocked down a shot, promptly snatched away a steal and adeptly dished the ball ahead to teammate Nicole Kroeger who scored a conventional three-point play.

The Palmyra Lady Panthers were in business.

Five points in a mere 15 seconds. 

The scoring spree was a microcosm of a wild Tuesday night on Don Foster Court, where Palmyra topped Quincy Notre Dame 47-34.

"Getting the W is the goal every night," Palmyra coach Chris Parsons said. "We got that. It may not stay pretty, but a W is a W. We'll take it. Anytime you can knock off QND, that's one of the big goals."

Playing without regular starters Savannah Nix and Savannah Neisen, both expected to return Friday, Palmyra burst out of the gate and took a 10-4 first-quarter lead that ballooned to 22-9 by halftime.

QND committed more turnovers (15) than its total number of points in the first half. 

Despite the scoreboard, though, the Lady Panthers knew they had to keep the pedal to the medal to close out the victory against a squad that had become accustomed to winning the annual cross-river matchup.

"We did have the lead, but we weren't real comfortable," Parsons said.

As it turns out, it was a lead Palmyra didn't relinquish.

The Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Raiders 14-10 in the third quarter and never let the visitors back into the contest. 

Audrey Fohey led the Lady Panthers with 14 points. Bailey Lovelace scored nine, while Sadi Kite and Meyers each finished with eight a piece.

QND limited Palmyra senior Nicole Kroeger, the team's leading scorer, to five points, making it important for other Lady Panthers to step up and contribute, Parsons said.

Palmyra passed the test on Tuesday night.

There's plenty of room still to work, though, Parsons said.

"Even though we've got a good basketball team here, we're struggling to go out and finish people and play with confidence," he said. "We're getting there. It's a process, and right now we're definitely learning." 

Meyers, who has come on strong during the past week, stands out as a shining example of a contributor on an upward trend. 

"Three games ago, we were playing at the Monroe City tournament against Paris, and there was a moment on the court when she got frustrated," Parsons said of Meyers. "Honestly, since then, she's become a different player. She's out there with confidence, which for Robby Meyers, is something huge. She's going to have a big part contributing to this team this year." 

Meyers said she's been able to elevate the mental aspect of her game thanks to those around her.

"I've had my teammates and my coach always pushing me to be my best saying that they need me out there," she said, "and I just want to be the best I can be." 

Palmyra faces Unity on Friday night.


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