The Palmyra girls basketball team raced out to a lead and never looked back in a 64-29 home win over Louisiana on Friday night.
With a conference championship already out of the picture, the Palmyra girls basketball team wanted to use Friday night’s game as a tuneup ahead of postseason play.
An undermanned Louisiana team, which was down to seven players, proved no match for the Lady Panthers.
Palmyra raced out to a 25-9 lead after the first eight minutes of play and never looked back in a 64-29 rout of its Clarence Cannon Conference foe.
A drive by Kyjiah Clark pulled Louisiana to within 16-9 with 1 minutes, 8 seconds left in the opening frame.
Then the Lady Panthers put the game away.
Raegan Barnett started a 21-0 run, which stretched into the second period, with a 3-pointer from the wing.
Audrey Fohey, Sadi Kite and Megan Stone all scored buckets in the final 14 seconds of the first period to highlight the run.
Despite the lopsided win, Panthers coach Chris Parsons was not particularly pleased with the performance.
“We knew if we played well, this would be a game we could go out and handle,” the Lady Panthers coach said. “So we wanted to work on a few of the little things, like not turning the ball over and playing better defense. I am not sure how many turnovers we finished with, but we wanted to come out and play better than what we did.
“A win is a win, but in this situation, we could have cleaned things up a little better.”
Palmyra turned the ball over at least four times in every quarter, finishing with 19 for the game.
Despite playing with four fouls for over half the game, Clark finished with a game-high 22 points to lead the depleted Lady Bulldogs.
“We knew she was their best player,” Parsons said. “She picked up her fourth foul early in the second quarter so I am not sure how we didn’t foul her out at some point in the second half, but give her credit, she played good.”
Fohey led the Lady Panthers with 13 points, while Stone and Barnett added 12 and 11 points a piece, respectively.
Amy Bryan (6) and Sadi Kite (5) combined for 11 points in the win, while both players added seven boards.
Ten different Lady Panthers scored in the win.
The win moves Palmyra to 14-8 on the season.
“We have two games left (in the regular season) to clean up some of the mistakes we have had,” the Lady Panthers coach stated. “Hopefully we can get those things sorted out and play with the edge we want to before we get to where it’s possibly one-and-done.”
The Lady Panthers return to the court Tuesday at Hannibal.