By KYLE MAYHUGH
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
PALMYRA, Mo. -- A leaky roof only delayed the South Shelby boys basketball team's torture a little longer.
Tuesday night's Clarence Cannon Conference matchup at Palmyra was delayed 27 minutes during the third quarter when the persistent rain began leaking onto the court.
Ultimately, school officials were able to patch the leak, and the Panthers were able to finish off a 64-56 victory that was determined by defense in the end.
Palmyra built a 16-point halftime lead on the strength of seven 3-pointers, and the defense dictated pace in the second half.
"The big thing was, we were forcing them into some tough shots and contesting," Palmyra coach Brian Meny said. "We've been working on our defense. We're averaging 67 points a game, but we have to do better on the defensive end.
"Tonight we were, and we got the rebounds. The other night in a loss, we gave up 26 second-chance points. They were one-and-done."
The Panthers were down 9-5 in the opening minutes before shooting off on a 10-0 run that included 3-pointers from Brock Butler and Jordan Nutt.
Two more 3-pointers in the second quarter from Nutt stretched Palmyra's lead to 35-17, and the Panthers went into halftime leading 43-27.
South Shelby got going in the third quarter, ripping off a 13-0 run capped by a basket from Wyatt Proper to open the fourth quarter and cut Palmyra's lead to 48-45.
Sophomore Trevor Meny stabilized the Panthers from there, hitting six free throws in the fourth quarter to help Palmyra keep the game out of reach.
"We were putting the ball in Trevor's hands, and he was getting the ball to where it needed to be," Brian Meny said. "He'll get lots of assists that way."
Butler led the Panthers with 22 points. Nutt scored 18 and Meny added 15.
roper and Andre McClure led South Shelby with 12.