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Bailey Hays plays defense on Jan. 16 against the Clark County Lady Indians.

The Monroe City Lady Panthers met a very determined Clark County Lady Indian team at home on January 16. The conference game wasn’t lost without a fight from the Lady Panthers. Despite Monroe City’s hustle, the Lady Panthers were defeated 51-64.

Head Coach Cody Leonard stated, “The Clark County game was a tale of two halves.  We played really well in the first half.  During the second half, we had way too many turnovers.”

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Riley Quinn passes the ball to a teammate on Jan. 16. Quinn found herself at the free-throw line 14 times in the game, making 9 of the shots.

The Lady Panthers ended the first quarter in the lead over the Lady Indians and were up by six points. The second quarter mirrored the beginning of the game, giving the Lady Panthers at 12-point lead at half-time. During the first half, the Lady Panthers found themselves at the free-throw line 15 times, making 13 of the shots. Hallie Dyer shot 100 percent, with five attempts and five made, as did Bailey Hays and Haley Hagan, each having three attempts and three made throughout the entire game. Riley Quinn found herself at the free-throw line 14 times, making 9 of the shots.

During the second half, the Lady Panthers lost their lead to Clark County, as the Lady Indians outscored Monroe City in the third quarter, giving them a 1 point lead. The teams entered the fourth quarter to settle the ball game score as the Lady Indians took the lead after the Lady Panthers made errors with turnovers.

The Lady Panthers will travel to Palmyra this week to play in the 77th Annual Tony Lenzini Basketball Tournament. Coach Leonard looks to see improvements, stating, “During the Palmyra tournament, I just want to see us to improve and play a complete four quarters on a nightly basis.”