BY TRAVIS DAVID
Both Monroe City and Palmyra basketball teams were in action on Friday night in addition to Highland.
Monroe City played a pair of non-conference games with the girls remaining undefeated on the season while the boys extended their winning streak to 11 games.
Palmyra suffered a pair of Clarence Cannon Conference losses on the road and the Highland girl’s team picked up a CCC road win.
MONROE CITY 62, Hannibal 40: The Class 3 No. 1 ranked Panthers (17-0) used a big second quarter to pull away from the host Pirates. Riley Quinn scored 12 of her game-high 23 points in the second frame to help Monroe City outscore the Pirates 21-7 in the frame. The second-quarter outburst gave the Panthers a 36-18 advantage at the break.
After Hannibal outscored the Panthers by one in the third, Monroe City slammed the door with a 15-4 margin over the final eight minutes of play.
Bailee Hays added 17 points in the win as the senior netted eight points in the opening frame. Sophomore Haley Hagan tossed in 13 points to give the Panthers three players in double figures.
Sydney Hart paced the Pirates with 13 points in the loss.
HIGHLAND 54, Brookfield 40: The visiting Lady Cougars held Brookfield to just nine first-half points and never looked back in the win. Highland jumped out to a 10-3 lead after the first eight minutes of play and led 27-9 at the break.
Ansley Bringer scored eight of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to help stave off the Lady Bulldogs’ attempt of a comeback.
Led by Avery Thompson’s 11 points in the fourth, the Brookfield offense erupted for 19 points over the final eight minutes of play but it was a case of too little too late for the hosts. Thompson tallied 19 points in the loss.
Highland connected on seven 3-pointers in the game.
Audra Dehner scored 11 points while Summer Goings and Marissa Abell both recorded nine points in the win.
MACON 56, Palmyra 21: The Lady Panthers had no answer for the Macon duo of Kate Hawkins and Lexi Miller. Hawkins outscored the Panthers by herself with 23 points, while Miller added 16 in the lopsided win.
Macon, ranked No. 9 in the latest Class 4 state rankings, led 23-12 at the break and never looked back.
Abbey Redd (7) and Grace Krigbaum (6) paced the Lady Panthers with 13 combined points in the loss.
MONROE CITY 54, Blair Oaks 52: In a battle of state-ranked teams who both made runs to the state semifinals a season ago, the Class 3 No. 3 ranked Panthers came up with another statement win over the Class 4 No. 6 ranked Falcons.
The two teams traded points throughout and entered the final eight minutes of play all square at 39.
Jaedyn Robertson scored seven of his 13 points in the final frame including a three-pointer at the start of the fourth.
Robertson, who was saddled with foul trouble throughout most of the first half, tied Joshua Talton with team honors in points.
The Panther duo helped combat the game-high 33 points turned in by the Falcons’ Quinn Kusgen.
Monroe City also received a big boost from its bench as sophomore Reece Buhlig knocked down a pair of three-pointers in the second quarter which helped the Panthers carry a slim 27-25 lead into the break.
“Those were the biggest magnitude of points that he’s contributed to in a win of his career so far,” Panthers’ coach Brock Edris said of his reserve player.
Blair Oaks was without the services of Luke Northweather who averaged over 28 points per game.
The Falcons and Panthers were scheduled to play in the third-place game of last season’s Class 3 state championships, but the game was called off due to COVID-19.
Kyle Hays added seven points in the win for the Panthers, who improved to 16-1 on the season.
MACON 48, Palmyra 39: The Panthers suffered their first Clarence Cannon Conference loss of the season in the setback.
Palmyra led 11-5 after the first eight minutes of play but Macon turned the game around with a 19-8 output in the second.
The Panthers were able to regroup with a strong third period to close to within two heading into the final eight minutes of play. But again, the Tigers answered by outscoring Palmyra 13-6 in the fourth.
Zane Meyers tallied a game-high 18 points in the loss, while Alex Loman and Quade Plunkett both added six points.
Palmyra falls to 2-1 in conference play and 9-6 overall. Both Panther teams will play host to Clark County on Tuesday.