The Palmyra girls basketball team earned a 65-40 win at Hallsville, while the boys dropped a 77-68 decision to fall to 7-2 on the year.

After nearly a 10-day holiday break the Palmyra girls and boys basketball teams returned to the court Wednesday night for a non-conference matchup at Hallsville. 

The Lady Panthers earned a 65-40 win, improving to 5-4 on the season, while the boys team dropped a 77-68 decision, falling to 7-2 on the year.

In the girls game, Megan Stone led a trio of Lady Panthers in double figures with a game-high 18 points. 

Raegan Barnett scored 15 points, while Isabelle Goldinger added a season-best 10 in the win.

The Lady Panthers raced out to an early 20-7 lead after the first eight minutes of play and never looked back.

“I thought the girls played pretty well, especially after a long layoff,” Lady Panthers coach Chris Parsons said. “Megan, Raegan and Isabelle all shot the ball really well. They needed to see some shots fall to get some confidence and that is what happened.” 

The win is the second straight after a four-game losing skid.

“The intensity has definitely been back the last couple games,” the Lady Panthers coach said. “I am really proud of their effort and they all seem to be having fun again.” 

For the boys, Hallsville put a little distance between the Panthers with a 21-point second quarter turning a 19-18 lead into a 40-33 advantage at the break.

Palmyra crept back to within six heading into the final eight minutes of play but could not fully recover.

Leading scorer Peyton Plunkett was limited to just eight points in the loss, including being held scoreless in the first 16 minutes of play. Ragar McKinney poured in a game-high 22 points in the loss, while Bill Nunnelly (13) and Landon Lucas (9) combined for 22.

“Offensively, I thought we moved the ball pretty well and were able to get some pretty easy looks,” Panthers coach Ryan Wood said. “Ragar had a great game for us and hit several key buckets.”

But the Panthers defense did not have a solution for Hallville’s Alex Wimer and Ethan Thompson. The duo combined for 37 points, led by Wimer’s 19.

“I thought we really struggled containing their penetration and also rebounding,” Panthers coach Ryan Wood said. “We would have a good defensive possession and then give up an offensive rebound for some easy buckets throughout the game

“But Hallsville is a great team and they put a lot of pressure on our defense all night.”

Wimer scored nine of his points during the fourth frame.

Both Panther teams return to the court next week during the Highland Tournament.