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Joshua Talton, number 11, and Logan Buhlig, number 23, look to rebound the ball against Centralia on February 12 at the Monroe City High School gym.

Although homecoming played a different beat this year, cancelling the traditional school dance, Monroe City still found the right moves for victory. The Panthers hosted Centralia for their basketball homecoming on February 12. The ole Black and Gold invited the opposing Panthers to their homecoming court with impressive offense and defense plays, dancing to the end, finishing the game with the Panthers scoring 72-37.

Monroe City opened the first quarter from the three-point line with Kyle Hays and Cade Chapman finding a three-point rhythm. Continuing in to the second quarter, the three point shots continued as Reece Buhlig, Jaedyn Robertson and Logan Buhlig joined the beat shooting outside of the perimeter.

Head Coach Brock Edris stated, “Our team put together a solid performance on both ends of the floor against Centralia. In the first half, we had given up some points defensively and were not satisfied. We made the adjustments at half time. The players executed it in the second half. We shared the ball and shot it really well all night. We have not seen a lot of 2-3 zone being played against us this year, so it was a good opportunity to see our team run our zone offense.”

The Panthers outscored Centralia for the first three quarters, keeping the lead throughout the entire game. In the second half, Joshua Talton swished a three-point shot, along with shooting 100 percent from the free-throw line and leading his team with 22 points. The bench rotated often for the Panthers as Coach Edris led his team to victory.

Other scorers in the game were Robertson with 13 points, Chapman and Hays each had 8 points, Logan Buhlig scored 7 points, Reece Buhlig had 5 points, Josiah Talton had 3 points, and Bo Patterson, Waylon DeGrave and Deion White each scored 2 points.

As Monroe City heads into the last week of the regular season, the Panthers have four conference games to play because of weather postponements against Brookfield, Highland, Palmyra and Macon