By THE HERALD-WHIG
His team was handed a loss, but Palmyra coach Brian Meny saw positives.
"It's a new system for them offensively," Meny said. "We're getting better, especially with penetration and kicking the ball out. We're seeing more people and getting better shots."
Palmyra had four players reach double figures and was tied with Payson Seymour at halftime, but the Indians exploded with a 47-point second half en route to an 85-77 victory Tuesday night in Payson, Ill.
"We have got to get better defensively," Meny said. "We're giving up too many offensive boards right now, but I'm pleased with the kids."
Brock Butler and Trevor Meny scored 20 points apiece for Palmyra (4-4). Bazil Keller chimed in with 16 and Jordan Nutt added 10.
Cody Hildebrand turned in a 34-point performance for Payson (7-1). Jake Voss chipped in 15 points for the Indians, while Lance Buhlig and Joey Blickhan added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
West Hancock 67, Biggsville West Central 56: Paxton Harmon poured in 24 points and shot 11-of-17 from the free throw line as the Titans cruised to the victory in Warsaw, Ill.
Harmon scored 15 of his points during a 24-point second quarter for West Hancock. Austin Hardy added 13 points with three 3-pointers and Coy Dorothy chipped in 11.
Pittsfield 43, Griggsville-Perry 41: Kennedy Kattelman scored 14 points and helped the Saukees (6-4) fend off the Tornadoes (1-8) on the road.
Dryden Craven scored 10 of the Griggsville-Perry 12 fourth-quarter points and led all scorers with 25. Craven was 11 of 14 from the free throw line.
Canton 70, Unity 57: The Tigers trailed by one point at halftime, 26-25, but used a big second half to stay perfect at 9-0.
David McReynolds scored 18 points for Canton. Brandon Berhorst added 16 points for the Tigers.
Gabe McKenzie scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half for the Tigers. McKenzie had two 3-pointers and was 9 of 12 from the free throw line for Canton.
Dylan Shaffer led Unity (8-4) with 14 points while Andrew Doyle and Lane Davis chipped in 10 apiece.
Central 56, South Fulton 28: Cole Phillips scored a game-high 23 points and made four 3-pointers, including three in the first half, as Central (4-8) stuffed South Fullerton (5-5). The Panthers limited the Rebels to single-digit scoring in every quarter.
Greenfield 49, Brown County 39: Michael Coggan scored a team-high 15 points for Brown County, but the Hornets couldn't hold a one-point halftime lead and fell to Greenfield (4-6, 1-0 Illinois Valley Conference). Brown County (2-5, 1-2) was outscored 18-8 in the third quarter.
Mark Twain 52, Paris 41: Mark Twain used a fast start to subdue visiting Paris. Ethan Anderson scored a team-high 26 points for the Tigers, shot 8 of 14 from the field and scored 26 points. Mark Twain led 16-8 after the first quarter. Both teams struggled offensively in the fourth quarter, with the Tigers outscoring the Coyotes 3-1. Britton Francis led Paris with 21.
Knox County 64, North Shelby 23: Royce Poore and Lee Tague combined for 32 points as the Eagles rolled to victory at home.
Knox County built a 41-18 halftime lead.
Poore scored 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and Tague added 15. Andrew Hunolt also reached double figures with 12.
Lucas Daniel led North Shelby (2-7) with eight points.