By FRANK CASH
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Monroe City girls basketball team has been at a size disadvantage all season long.
It hasn't been as big a problem as it was Saturday night.
The Lady Panthers, lacking a starter taller than 5-foot-8, were kept from pushing the ball inside during a 42-28 loss to Bowling Green in the championship game of the Tony Lenzini Tournament.
Monroe City, trying to win its first title at Palmyra since 2000, was limited by what it could do against a lineup with three players 5-10 or taller.
"When you are as severely outsized as we are by everyone, there's only so much you can do," Monroe City coach Cody Leonard said. "Normally, we are able to back it in a little bit against most teams and that's what we wanted to do tonight. But against their height, there was no way we could do that."
That especially cost the top-seeded Lady Panthers during a span of 4 minutes, 31 seconds of the third quarter when they were outscored 13-1.
Kaycee Sutton came off the bench to score a basket to give Bowling Green a 25-13 lead with 1:32 left in the quarter.
Bowling Green (11-4) led 9-7 at halftime.
"We didn't make any shots in the first half," Lady Bobcats coach Bobby Spoonster said. "We finally got some things going in the second half. Putting together some baskets out of transition was a big deal for us."
Monroe City shot only 24 percent (9 of 42) for the game. During the first half, the Lady Panthers (14-3) were only 2 of 15 from the floor.
Kiette Mundy led Monroe City with 10 points, while Olivia Crager added nine points and nine rebounds. Carly Spalding, the Lady Panthers' leading scorer, was held to four points.