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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Palmyra sinks Macon in OT, boys get revenge

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  • It was clear in the Highland Tourney that the Tigerettes were not ready for Palmyra, as the Lady Panthers scored a 19-point victory.
    On Friday night, Macon played host to Palmyra for a doubleheader, and both the Tiger teams were on the hunt for payback, as Palmyra sank both Macon teams in the Highland Tourney.
    The one player that the Tigerettes failed to stop the entire night was junior Katee Hinkle, who dropped six three's in the contest, including the game-winning shot in overtime, giving Palmyra a 51-48 win over Macon.
    The Lady Panthers would hold a three-point advantage after the first period, and would stretch that lead out to six at the break, leading 27-21.
    The Tigerettes would find life in the second half, and would jump ahead of Palmyra after three periods by the score of 37-35.
    Macon would take a 44-37 lead with about three minutes left, and would go into their keep-away mode, but the Lady Panthers would not be kept away, as they came up with seven unanswered to tie the game at 44-44 to force overtime.
    With the two teams tied at 48-48 and little time remaining, Macon would try to get inside for the go-ahead bucket, but would be turned over by Palmyra, and the Lady Panthers called a timeout.
    With about seven seconds left in overtime, Hinkle, with five threes already, would hit the most-important shot of the night, her sixth three to give Palmyra the edge and the win.
    Hinkle led the Lady Panthers with 23 points. Evie Miles followed with nine points.
    Alexis VanNostrand had eight points. Alexis Losson had five points.
    Megan Hooper tallied four points, and Allie Dietrich added two points.
    Chalee Britt continued her great inside play, leading the Tigerettes with 16 points. Lauren Arnold kept her hot streak alive, scoring nine points.
    Audrey Freeman scored six points. Valerie Schmidt had five points.
    Trinity Rainey and Makenzie Jemes each hit three-pointers. Katie Clapp, Shelbe Butner and Shelby Schaefer each added two points.
    The Tigerettes dropped to 14-5 overall (2-1 CCC).
    In the boys game, it had the makings of the high-scoring affair from the get-go. After a period of play, the Panthers would hold a slim lead, leading Macon by just two, 21-19.
    The Tigers seemed determined to win throughout the game, as they outscored Palmyra 21-16 in the second to grab a 40-37 halftime lead.
    Both teams kept on scoring in the third period. Macon would have the edge, outscoring Palmyra 19-17 to take a 59-54 lead.
    The Tigers would have the overall edge in the game, as they outscored the Panthers 23-18 in the fourth to secure an 82-72 victory, staying perfect in the CCC.
    Page 2 of 2 - Trey Kothe had a monster game inside, collecting missed shots for lay-ups and hitting jumpers to lead Macon with 26 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. He also shot 12-15 from the field. Craig Smith had a good game from the outside, as he scored 18 points.
    Brendan Watts scored 12 points. Josh Turner came off the bench and scored 10 points.
    Tyrone Walker scored seven points. Jon Murray tallied five points, and Kendall Kothe added four points.
    Brock Butler led the Panthers with 24 points. Trevor Meny followed with 18 points. Jordan Nutt scored 11 points. Josh Hultz tallied seven points. Bazil Keller and Caleb Kizer each added five points.
    The Tigers improve to 6-12 overall (3-0 CCC).
    Macon will be back in action tonight with a road trip to Clark County.
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