MONROE CITY, Mo. | Going into Friday's home game against Class 3 No. 8 ranked Macon, the Monroe City girls basketball team knew it had a tough matchup.
After falling behind in the first quarter, the Panthers rallied to tie the game at 25-25 to go into halftime. The Tigers then had a prolific third quarter, scoring 23 points to Monroe City's 12.
Macon went on to clinch the Clarence Cannon Conference championship with a 62-53 win over Monroe City.
Monroe City head coach Cody Leonard said his team had too many turnovers and missed shots.
“We competed really well tonight,” Leonard said. “I thought we were able to attack and we were aggressive and forced some turnovers. (Macon) are a good team, they are No. 8 in the state for a reason, No. 1 seed in our district. We will see what we can do on Monday and get another shot at it.”
One key to the Tigers success was their success from behind the arc. Macon came through with eight 3-pointers from five different players.
Panthers junior guard Riley Quinn scored a team-high 23 points, and she was 9-for-12 from the free throw line.
“We have been kind of riding her since right before Christmas break,” Leonard said. “(Quinn) has been playing well, when she is playing like that, it gives us a chance to win each night.”
Monroe City junior Hallie Dyer was second on the team with 11 points, and senior Bailey Hays added nine points.
Macon junior Kate Hawkins led her team with 21 points and Tierra Wood was second with 11 points.
The Panthers wrap up their regular season with a 15-10 record.
Up next – Monroe City plays Hallsville in the district quarterfinals on Monday at Palmyra High School.
Scoring by quarter
MC – 11 | 14 | 12 | 16 – 53
MAC – 16 | 9 | 23 | 14 – 62