The Monroe City Lady Panthers clung to a late lead to secure a 52-49 Clarence Cannon Conference win over the Palmyra Lady Panthers at Don Foster Court on Tuesday night.

WHAT HAPPENED

The Monroe City Lady Panthers clung to a late lead to secure a 52-49 Clarence Cannon Conference win over the Palmyra Lady Panthers at Don Foster Court on Tuesday night.

THE TURNING POINT

Junior Delanie Okenfuss drilled a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer to put Monroe City (18-3, 4-1 CCC) ahead by three points — its biggest lead of the second half.

The visiting Lady Panthers led the rest of the game, growing their lead to seven with a bucket by Asjia Troy with 1 minute, 6 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Palmyra sophomore Audrey Fohey scored four points in the final 27 seconds of the contest, and Monroe City missed four free throws in the final minute to give the home Lady Panthers a late comeback chance.

With hopes of sending the game to overtime, Palmyra (15-7, 4-2) missed a 3-point attempt at the final horn. 

STAT LEADERS

Fohey led Palmyra with 21 points, while Nicole Kroeger finished with 15 and Robby Meyers had seven.

Troy led Monroe City with 14 points. Madison Hays scored 13 points, while Jada Summers finished with 12 and Okenfuss netted 10.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

“You know what, it was a great basketball game for three quarters,” Palmyra coach Chris Parsons said. “The fourth quarter, we had a chance to up by four, six, eight points at times, and we point-blank missed too many easy shots. We missed nine layups in this game. When you miss nine layups against a great team, they’re going to find a way to beat you. I’m proud of the effort. I’m proud of the way we pushed. But we’ve got to finish those shots if we’re going to get big wins.”

“I liked the guts we showed there,” Monroe City coach Cody Leonard said. “It is a big win, but we’re still trying to get where we’re playing at the highest level possible going into districts. It’s just another game. Everybody else plays it up, Monroe-Palmyra, but it’s just another game. I thought we played with a lot better effort tonight.”

WHAT’S NEXT

Palmyra goes to Louisiana on Friday, the same night Monroe City plays host to Centralia.