By THE HERALD-WHIG
The Palmyra girls basketball team wanted to keep its defensive intensity high against Mark Twain.
The Lady Panthers opened the game on a 20-3 run en route to a 60-24 home win Tuesday that gave Palmyra the Clarence Cannon Conference crown.
The Lady Tigers (6-17, 2-6) were led by Kenzie Grossman, who scored 11 points, but the rest of the team struggled to score.
"Our guard pressure was pretty much the difference,'' Palmyra coach Chris Parsons said. "We were able to hold the big (Mackenzie) Grossman girl down in the first half; she had to work hard for the points she got.''
Evie Miles buried five 3-pointers scored a game-high 17 points for the Lady Panthers (19-5, 8-0), while Alexis Losson and Alexis Van Nostrand each added 12 points apiece.
Marion County 42, Canton 29: Devan Johnson tallied 20 points to lead the Lady Mustangs to a win. Marion County (16-8) led by 11 at halftime. Courtney Baalman led Canton (3-18) with eight points.
Brookfield 49, Monroe City 47: Monroe City found a way to claim the game to overtime.
The Lady Panthers just couldn't find a way to sneak away with a win.
Kiette Mundy made a layup with 15 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime, but the Panthers (20-4, 6-2 Clarence Cannon Conference) couldn't find a way past the Bulldogs.
Brookfield (16-8, 5-3) made four free throws in overtime to seal the game. Olivia Crager led Monroe City with 15 points.
Highland 37, Clark County 34: Casey Hinkle hit three of four free throws down the stretch to lead Highland (6-15) past Clark County.
Hinkle and Kristen Bringer had six points apiece for Highland, while Mishaylee Cline led the Lady Indians (10-12) with eight.
Scotland County 46, North Shelby 44: Bethany Radar finished with a game-high 17 points to lead the Lady Tigers to a win over the Lady Raiders. After a rough first half, Scotland County (17-5) bounced back in the second as they caused turnovers and were able to get things going offensively. North Shelby (10-14) was led by Elizabeth Linberger who finished with 14 points.
Macon 64, South Shelby 49: Kellie Harvey scored 15 points and Aimee Ellyson added 14, but it wasn't enough as the Lady Birds (5-19) fell to the Tigers at home.
Columbia 73, HLGU 65: After keeping it close in the first half, No. 15 Columbia Collge pulled away from Hannibal-LaGrange in the second half. Ashleigh Spencer finished with a double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds) for the Lady Trojans (13-12), while Maddy Cunningham added 17 points and five rebounds.
The Lady Trojans were led by Ashleigh Spencer, who finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds while Maddy Cunningham added 17 points and five rebounds.
Columbia 68, HLGU 50: Herod Montgomery and Mario Dean both finished with 10 points each as the Trojans (4-20) fell to No. 1 Columbia College on the road.