Lady Panthers win, 45-22; boys lose, 55-51
It was cold outside, but hot on the basketball court.
The Centralia Panthers rolled 90 minutes north to bring competitive high school basketball to Clarence Cannon Conference rival Palmyra.
The Lady Panthers dominated, winning their game 45-22.
They boys were slow to get started but overcame an 11-point first quarter deficit to make it a ball game while still losing to Palmyra 55-51.
The Lady Panthers are now 8-3 and the boys, 5-5.
The boys were behind 11 in the first 20 – 9 in the first quarter, 31 – 20 in the second 44-34 in the third and came back and came back to make it a four point ball-game, losing to Palmyra, 55-51.
Beau Gordon lead Centralia with 15 followed by Grant Erisman with 11 and Liam Hill with nine.
Zane Meyers led Palmyra with 18.
Centralia Head Coach Scott Humphrey said that during halftime he motivated his players by telling them to “get off the bus and play and match to Palmyra’s intensity.” He also said, “This may have been Gordon’s best game of the season so far.”
On the girls’ side the Lady Panthers devastated Palmyra 45 to 22. They dominated all four quarters, 14 – 6 in the first, 25 – 16 in the second 33 – 19 in the third an 45-22 at the final buzzer.
Morgan Ross led the Lady Panthers with 11 points. Bailey Beard scored 10, Harper Sontheimer and Claire Bennett scored five each. “Our girls matched Palmyra’s physicality with skill,” Schemmer said. “They did everything the coaches asked… our defense was phenomenal. Palmyra only scored six points in the fourth.”
Riley McKinney lead Palmyra was six.
Monday the Lady Panthers play Kirksville in the Macon Tournament and Tuesday, the boys face Harrisburg, also in the Macon Tournament. For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.