It was a half-full, half empty night for the Hallsville Indians basketball program.
Wednesday, December 27 the Hallsville Indians hosted the Palmyra Panthers for some Christmas break high school basketball. The Lady Indians lost 65-40 and are now 2-7.
The boys won 77-68, still undefeated at 10-0.
Unofficial statistics have Emily Leer leading the Lady Indians with 14 points. Isabelle Goldinger led Palmyra with 10.
The Indian boys had four players in double digits, Alex Wimer led the boys with 19, Ethan Thompson, 18; Graham Moser, 11 and Malachi Johnson, 10.
Ragar McKinney led Palmyra with 22.
The Lady Indians led early in the first before Palmyra gained traction. The Lady Panthers caught and tied them at 7-7 then moved on.
At the end of the first, Palmyra was ahead 20-7, by halftime they led 38-15.
In the third the score was 52-22 Palmyra and they finished Hallsville off in the fourth, 65-40.
Things ended better for the boys team though they did have to fight their way through a few Palmyra runs.
They fought their way out of the last one courtesy of Moser and Luke Hicks working crafty passing to get the ball to Thompson along with acrobatic rebounds and put-backs from Jackson.
That combination put them on top by one, 19-18 at the end of the first.
Though Palmyra closed the gap several times and kept Hallsville honest, they never got back on top.
At halftime the scoreboard read 40-33 Hallsville, but the play was much closer, especially when the team engaged in dueling three-point shots with Thompson and Hicks alternating back to back shots in response to the same from Palmyra.
Palmyra put together a few more runs in the third and closed the gap to 58-52 Hallsville at the third’s end.
The fourth ended with Hallsville still undefeated and owners of a 77-68 victory.
For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.