By KYLE MAYHUGH
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
MONROE CITY, Mo. -- The Palmyra boys basketball team came to life in the second quarter to rout Marion County 82-62 in the championship of the Monroe City Tournament Saturday night.
With their trademark slow start, the Panthers trailed 16-8 after the first quarter, came out strong in the second quarter to take a 38-27 lead into halftime, and pulled away from there.
"I think our pressure defense, that's sort of what we live and die by," said Palmyra coach Brian Meny. "We don't shoot the ball well for streaks, but we can go on a 12-0 run at any time. That was the difference tonight."
Palmyra's high-paced offense, triggered by its defense, proved too much for the Mustangs, who were playing without senior Clay Pollard, who was injured in the semifinal.
"We really didn't know if they were going to man-to-man us or if they were going to zone us," Butler said. "We didn't know if Clay was going to play, and when he didn't they had to zone us because they couldn't match up without Clay."
Palmyra was paced by Brock Butler's 33-point performance, while Trevor Meny added 17.
Palmyra went on a 13-0 run to pull ahead to start the second quarter and erase Marion County's lead. The Panthers took a 38-27 lead into halftime when Butler hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 90 seconds before halftime.
Kason Spratt led Marion County with 22 points. The Mustangs relied on the outside shot, hitting nine 3-pointers. Logan Krigbaum scored 15 points, all 3-pointers, while Reed Plunkett added three for nine points.