PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Monroe City girls basketball team defeated Clark County 55-48 in a semifinal game of the Tony Lenzini Tournament on Thursday at Palmyra High School.
Clark County had the advantage for much of the game, as the Indians held a 23-21 lead at halftime and a 38-25 the end of the third quarter.
The difference in the game was the fourth quarter performance by the Panthers, who outscored the Indians 21-10 in the quarter. Monroe City junior Riley Quinn came up big with 12 points in the fourth quarter to guide her team to victory
Quinn scored a total of 21 points, while Bailee Hays had 16 points and Hallie Dyer added 13 points.
Alexis Ellison had 16 points to pace Clark County, followed by Jade Ross was second with 13 points.
Monroe City moves on to face Palmyra in the tournament finals on Saturday.
Cougars light up Tigers from deep
The Mark Twain girls basketball team had no answer for the 3-point prowess of Highland during Thursday night's consolation bracket game in the Tony Lenzini Tournament.
Highland claimed a 72-44 win over Mark Twain, as the Cougars were successful on 11 3-point shots.
The game was relatively close in the first quarter, with the Cougars only holding an eight-point lead at the quarter's end.
However, Highland outscored the Tigers 25-12 in the second quarter and 20-12 in the third quarter, which helped put Mark Twain away.
Addy Johnson led Highland with 31 points, including seven 3-pointers. Lauren Merrell followed with 16 points and Gabby Brown with 10 points.
Mark Twain junior Emma Ross led her team with 14 points and Elizabeth Trower was second on the team with 13 points.
Indians put Tigers away
The Clark County boys basketball team outscored Canton 21-8 in the first quarter on the way to a 75-44 victory in the consolation bracket of the Tony Lenzini Tournament on Thursday.
After taking a 39-23 lead into halftime, the Indians again erupted for 27 points in the third quarter to squash any hope of a Tigers comeback.
Conner Mack finished with a game-high 23 points for Clark County, including 11 points and three made 3-pointers in the first quarter, while Brandon Kracht was close behind with 21 points.
Dalton Berhorst led Canton with 16 points and Kegan Birck had 12.
Rushville's 3-pointers too much for Unity
The Rushville-Industry boys basketball team set the tempo by sinking seven 3-pointers during the first half of a 64-46 non-conference victory over Unity Thursday night.
Ethan Eskridge made five of those threes before halftime and finished with a game-high 21 points.
The Rockets led 43-29 at halftime. Demond Cardoza added 15 points for Rushville (12-5).
Jacob Presser led the Mustangs (1-18) with 19 points, while Cooper Thompson scored 11 points.
Slow start dooms C-SE
The Central-Southeastern girls basketball team struggled out of the gates in a 62-49 loss to Monmouth-Roseville in West Central Conference North Division play on Thursday.
The Panthers were outscored 12-7 in the first quarter and 23-14 in the second quarter on the way to a 35-21 deficit at halftime. C-SE came out better in the third quarter, outscoring the Titans 19-16 out of the break, but it wasn't enough to cut the lead below double digits.
Summer Ramsey and Hayleigh Marlow each had 13 points to lead the Panthers, with the duo scoring a combined 15 points in the third quarter. Carly Gillen had a game-high 25 points to pace Monmouth-Roseville.