Palmyra boys, South Shelby girls earns spots in Monroe City Tournament title games

Palmyra’s Bear Bock (2) shoots over a defender during the Panther’s semifinal game against Louisiana in the of the 98th Annual Monroe City basketball tournament.  Mathew Kirby/herald Whig-Courier Post

Palmyra's Bear Bock shoots over a Louisiana defender during Wednesday's semifinal matchup in the 98th annual Monroe City Tournament in Monroe City, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

MONROE CITY, Mo. — The Palmyra boys basketball team used a 12-point burst at the start Wednesday night to slingshot its way into the championship game of the 98th annual Monroe City Tournament.

The South Shelby girls used stellar defense to do the same.

The second-seeded Panthers rode their strong start to a 57-50 victory over third-seeded Louisiana and will play for the title at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Bear Bock led Palmyra (5-0) with 18 points, while Tyler Banta had 15 points, including eight in the first quarter. Jack Logan led Louisiana with 17 points.

The top-seeded Lady Birds allowed fourth-seeded Monroe City to score just 16 points over the final three quarters to earn a 58-26 victory and grab a spot in the title game at 5 p.m. Saturday. Miranda Patterson and Belle Roush led South Shelby with 14 points apiece. Mari Gares led Monroe City with eight points.

In the consolation bracket, the Mark Twain boys beat Paris 53-25 as Connor Eckler scored 16 points for the Tigers. Meanwhile, the Paris girls beat Mark Twain 26-20.

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